Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are made with a classic chocolate cake stuffed with peanut butter cups and topped with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are made with a classic chocolate cake stuffed with peanut butter cups and topped with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting! 

*photos updated April 2017*

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are made with a classic chocolate cake stuffed with peanut butter cups and topped with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting!

I think I may enjoy making cupcakes more than actually eating them. What?!? How can that be possible? I mean, of course I love the delicate richness of the cake combined with the sweet, creamy frosting, but there is something else about making cupcakes that makes me happy. The process of baking them, assembling them and, then of course, frosting them is fun and enjoyable. Stuffed cupcakes are even better because a special surprise awaits before you bite into the cupcake. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are a classic creation that everyone loves. I stuffed them with peanut butter cupcakes to create something even more delectable!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are made with a classic chocolate cake stuffed with peanut butter cups and topped with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are made with a classic chocolate cake stuffed with peanut butter cups and topped with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are made with a classic chocolate cake stuffed with peanut butter cups and topped with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting!

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These chocolate peanut butter cupcakes far exceeded my expectations. If you love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter then you will love these. The frosting is creamy and delicious and the peanut butter filling adds an unexpected touch of flavor. I always prefer using cream cheese for the peanut butter frosting rather than standard butter cream because it adds a rich smooth texture and enhances the flavor of the peanut butter. Bake a batch for a birthday or special event, or even just to share with your friends and family.

For the perfect peanut butter frosting swirl, I used a large closed star tip.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Yield: 18 to 20 cupcakes

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are made with a classic chocolate cake stuffed with peanut butter cups and topped with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting! 

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs

For the filling:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.
  2. To make the cupcake batter, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk and set aside. In a liquid measuring cup, combine the sour cream, milk and vanilla extract. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the dry ingredients and the sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix just until incorporated. Set aside.
  3. To make the filling, combine the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Using your hands, roll the mixture into 1-inch balls (at least 20).
  4. Spoon one or two tablespoons of the batter into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Place a ball of the peanut butter filling in each cupcake liner and top with the remaining batter so that all the cups are filled. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, butter and peanut butter until smooth. Beat mixture until smooth and well blended. Pipe as desired onto each cupcake.
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Source
Cupcakes and filling from Annie’s Eats, originally from Good Housekeeping. Frosting from The Curvy Carrot, originally from Bon Appetit.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are made with a classic chocolate cake stuffed with peanut butter cups and topped with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting!

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