Peanut butter and chocolate, is there anything better? I LOVE this delightful combination. Today, our peanut butter chocolate treat comes in the form of a cupcake. Buttery soft peanut butter cake topped with swirls of chocolate buttercream and finally, a gooey Reese’s peanut butter cup.
It makes all my peanut butter dreams come true. These cupcakes are so easy and will impress all the peanut butter lovers in your life. Make these for your next party and all your friends will love you forever.
I can thank America for introducing me to the wonder of chocolate and peanut butter. While you might have been eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches growing up, I was the kid eating vegemite sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and tea.
I know that Vegemite is quite an acquired taste and if you haven’t grown up eating it, you will most likely think it’s disgusting. It is entirely salty for one. But I always loved it as a kid and happily had vegemite toast for breakfast and a vegemite sandwich for lunch.
Then I grew up and realised there were far more exciting dishes to eat than vegemite. Once I went back to eat it years later, I didn’t like it so much anymore. I have since moved on to something bigger and better – peanut butter. Definitely the favourite spread in our household now.
And one of my favourite ways to use peanut butter is in my baking. From Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Cups to Loaded Oreo Peanut Butter Bars but these Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes really are something special.
The cake is truly light and fluffy with a rich peanut butter flavour and the chocolate buttercream is the perfect frosting. Top it all off with a peanut butter cup and you have one decadent and delicious peanut butter treat. I hope you had a great weekend! We had a black out on Friday night so ended up heading out for dinner.
Hands up who else is lost without electricity? No laptops, no stove tops, no oven - no good for a food blogger! But we got electricity back within a few hours and I am pretty excited about a few new recipes that came out of our kitchen this weekend, so stay tuned!
This cupcake recipe first appeared over on Julie's Eats and Treats where I am a contributor.
Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes
Peanut butter cupcakes
115 grams (1 stick or 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
135 grams (3/4 cup) brown sugar
125 grams (1/2 cup) smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
140 grams (1 cup) plain flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
60 ml (1/4 cup) milk
115 grams (1/2 cup or 1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
435 grams (3 and 1/2 cups) powdered or icing sugar
3 or 4 tablespoons milk
20 grams (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
6 large peanut butter cups or 12 mini ones
Line a 12-hole muffin tray with cupcake liners. Preheat your oven to 180 C (360 F). In a large mixing bowl, place your butter, sugar and peanut butter. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrap down the sides of the bowl. Add your vanilla and mix briefly. Add your eggs, one at a time, and beat again until combined. Sift in your flour and baking powder and start to gently fold using a wooden spoon or a plastic spatula. Add your milk and fold until the ingredients are just combined - you don't want to over mix the batter.
Spoon out your batter evenly between the cupcake liners and bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until they spring back lightly when touched. Place the cupcakes on a cooling rack to cool completely
To make the chocolate frosting, add the butter to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Gently sift in the icing sugar, one cup at a time. Add a tablespoon or two of milk to help loosen up the mixture. Add the cocoa powder and beat again. Add a tablespoon of milk if needed - I added about 4 tablespoons of milk in total but watch out that you don't make the icing too wet as it will be harder to pipe. It should be nice and creamy but thick enough to hold its shape. Pipe the icing onto the cupcakes using a piping bag and a large star tip. Finally, place half a peanut butter cup on top of each cupcake.