Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

14 Cupcakes
30 min

I first made these cupcakes years ago and are these ever good! They are very rich, oozing with chocolate and peanut butter! These rich chocolate cupcakes have some chopped peanut butter cups mixed into the batter and they're topped with a rich, thick peanut butter frosting. So they're rich all the way around! :) And the finishing touch is mini peanut butter cups placed in the center of each frosted cupcake! Such an easy (and yummy) way to decorate cupcakes—even your kids could probably help with these!

Of course, when you’re done, you’ll have to taste-test one of these cupcakes just to make sure they turned out okay! :) Are you a fan of peanut butter and chocolate?

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes
Recipe details
  • 14  Cupcakes
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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Cupcake Batter
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 large Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, cut into small pieces
Peanut Butter Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, for garnish
For the Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line muffin cups with paper cupcake liners; set aside.
In large bowl, combine cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt.
In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Blend in the vanilla and then add the dry ingredients, alternating with the sour cream, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Gently fold in the peanut butter cup pieces. 
Spoon batter into cupcake liners, a little over 3/4 full. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool about 5 minutes; remove from pan and let cool completely on wire rack.
For the Frosting
Cream butter and peanut butter until well blended, then gradually add in the powdered sugar and blend well (if creamier consistency is desired, add in some milk}.
Place a scoop of frosting on each cupcake—the scoop can be as large or small you want; you will have plenty of frosting to work with. Place a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in the center of each scoop and press down slightly.
NancyC |
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