Tuesday Treats chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes

Who agrees with me that chocolate and peanut butter are one of nature's most perfect combinations? The sweetness of the chocolate and the saltiness of peanut butter oh my! One of my Sean's favorite desserts is anything chocolate and peanut butter so when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make it. I had a chocolate and peanut butter pie for his birthday last year and he still raves about it to this day, almost a year later.
I guess you could say that I am going through my cupcake phase right now, last week was cupcakes and this one is again, bear with me. I also told you that there would be anything lemon in this week's recipe although it seemed like not too many of you minded if I continued with lemon. But I wanted to change things up a bit this week! So introducing chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes!

First gather all your ingredients. Before I list the ingredients, I am always an from scratch baker except I can use the occasional cake or brownie mix, hey I'm allowed :-) Ok onto the ingredients.

 You need 1 box devil's food cake mix, 1 package (3.4oz) chocolate pudding mix, 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup of vegetable oil, 4 eggs, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of instant espresso granules dissolved in 1/2 cup of hot water, 30 mini peanut butter cups, frozen! I got my peanut butter cupcakes at Trader Joes but Reese's 
will work just as well.

Preheat your oven to 350 degree and put cupcake liners into your cupcake pan. This recipe says it makes 30 cupcakes, which is a lot but you won't regret it :-) 
To make the batter, mix together the cake mix, the pudding mix, the sour cream, the oil, the eggs, the vanilla extract and the espresso water.



Yummy chocolate batter!
 Once all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly together then you can start filling up your cupcake liners with 3 tablespoons of batter or eyeball it until it is about 2/3 full of batter.


Kip and Kimbia wanted to help me bake treats for everyone :-)
Then take your frozen peanut butter cups out of the freezer and add one cup to each cupcake and
push the peanut butter cup down slightly.

Then put your cupcakes in the oven for 18-22 minutes. You can stick a toothpick in the cupcake to see if it is done but be sure not to put the toothpick in the center where the peanut butter cup is otherwise your toothpick will come out all chocolatey and peanut buttery and you might think it isn't done. Once the cupcakes are baked enough, take them out of the tin and set them on a counter to cool.

 In my case, don't walk away from the kitchen while the cupcakes are cooling because Kimbia, our little jack russell/italian greyhound mix will jump up on the counter and eat the cupcakes.
Now we can't have her eating chocolate!
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You are ready for the frosting then. Gather your ingredients, which are 3 sticks of butter or 1 1/2 cup, 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract, 2 pounds of powdered sugar, and 3-4 tablespoons of
milk (I used heavy cream).

Cream the peanut butter and butter together first. 



Then add the powdered sugar in two batches.
 You don't want a snowstorm of powdered sugar all over your kitchen.



 Finally add the vanilla and the milk to the ingredients already mixed. 
You can add more milk depending on your preference of thinness. 



When you get the desired consistency you like, then get the mixer go for 5-7 to give the frosting more fluff!. Then frosting your cupcakes either with a knife or a pastry bag and frosting tip. I decorated my cupcakes with half of a peanut butter cup. Eat, enjoy and smile!



46 comments:

CALLIE said...

Thanks so much for the sweet comment on my blog!! I LOVE new followers and am now following you. I can't wait to keep reading on. P.S. I will be making these ASAP! Delish!

Camylla Leonardi said...

OMG that looks amazing! I have to make it. but I'll only be able to eat one, cause that looks soooo fatning! but soooo worth it :)

Thanks for the amazing recipe!

Lots of love
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Jen said...

OH my gosh!!! Love this, I don't bake much but love the recipe and your tutorial of how to do it.


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Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

Omg These look amazing!! My favorite combination of food, peanut butter and chocolate! Thanks for sharing!!
Happy Wednesday!

Holly said...

Oh goodness...do you need to send them to someone to taste test?!?! I will TOTALLY volunteer!!! I may have to make these now!! Thanks for sharing!

Jessica said...

ohh my gosh my mouth is watering. those look amazing!

life is aMAYESing said...

Those look absolutely sinful!! I'll have to try these. My husband love reeses!! :)

Susan said...

Oh my gosh those look insanely good. I'll have to try those ASAP

Christina said...

Chocolate and peanut butter is the best combination ever! Oh yum. My hubs is obsessed with Reese cups! I'm going to have to make these for him...

Nicole-Lynn said...

Oh my goodness! These look so good! :)

Danielle said...

I wish I liked sweets, because these really look good!

Sarah@totalbassetcase said...

These look amazing!! My hubs loves chocolate and peanut butter too. Definitely adding this to my 'to bake' file!

Becca {A Blonde's Logic} said...

Yummmmmm!! My kind of cupcake!

Becca
http://blondeslogic.blogspot.com

sprinklesoneverything said...

Oh my word. These look devine. I must try them!

-emmy
www.sprinklesoneverything.wordpress.com

Liz said...

Alright. Mouth is officially watering! YUMMM

Lauren said...

I'm more of a mint chocolate combo lover BUT my husband is a peanutbutter chocolate kind of guy so I will have to add these to the list of must makes :)

Elizabeth Ann (Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box said...

These look awesome!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

my husband would be in absolute heaven!! must make soon :)

Sam @ fitness food & faith (giveaway today!)

Ashley Slater said...

those look delicious! I love chocolate and peanut butter.. I am also kind of obsessed with salted caramel and chocolate too lately. I am on a white sugar ban currently though so I won't be able to make or enjoy these for a while!!

love your blog!

A Southern Love said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! And for your sweet comment! I just love new followers and meeting new people!

Ok about this post you have here.....my mouth is literally watering. How yummy does every bit of that look?! Oh me oh MY!

I will be in the kitchen very soon!! :)

New follower and I love your blog! :)

Kara {A Little Bit of Lovely} said...

Oh la la this looks delish. PB and choc are one of my favorite combinations as well!

Brunette & Blessed said...

almost licked my computer screeN! these look delicious

Amanda said...

i love the pups sitting by the oven!!! haha! that is just like my house! :) now i'm craving something sweet! love your blog!

Kendall and Luke said...

oh girl, that looks SO yummy!! My mouth is actually watering lol.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

I agree with you! ;) You have been baking up quite the storm lately! These sound like they would not disappoint

Ashley said...

Oh my goodness, those look AMAZING. Chocolate and peanut butter are one of the best combos out there... I gotta try these! :)

Amanda said...

AMAZING! I think I am going to bake these for my boyfriend for his bday.... :D

Allison said...

Yum! These look amazing and I am adding them to my must try/make list!!

sherri lynn said...

These look delicious! I love peanut butter and chocolate together!!

Stephanie said...

Oh my Lord girl! Those look dangerous!

Jess said...

Mmm Cupcakes AND Reeses? Count me in! And frosting with peanut butter sounds AMAZING!

Ashley said...

Those look so yummy, i totally have to make these for my boyfriend, he would love them! thanks so much for your sweet comment, im your newest follower also :)

natasha {schue love} said...

Yum!!! Chocolate and PB have to be two of my FAVORITE things! These look amazing!! :)

Bay Park Dream said...

oh em gee these look so so good. I think you may just have inspried me to try making these hehe :)

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I tried to add you from my friend list but I couldn't find you. Either way, I'm following you.

Cut blog :)

~Tammy
www.bayparkdream.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

ahh you are a bad influence! hahah, those look absolutely delicious!! I will definitely have to try and make those next time I have a family get together.
thanks for sharing :)


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Rebecca said...

SO YUMMY LOOKING!!

{The Perfect Palette} said...

wowza!! i want one of these :)

xoxo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

Elle Sees said...

I did a s'mores cupcake, kinda sorta like this on the blog. These look delish!

Mallory said...

Oh man, my husband would LOVE that! I might need try this recipe! Yum!

Kathleen said...

Oh my goodness gracious! Those look absolutely DELICIOUS!! I'm thinking I need to have a cupcake making party at some point soon! :) You now have a new follower ma'am! :)

Marian said...

One can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter

Jazmin @ The Miller's said...

I totally agree!! Chocolate & PB are heavenly! Your doggies are precious btw!!

♥Jazmin

Wendy said...

oh my - a must try! looks delish!

Yelena Starikova said...

mmmmm....looks really delicious!

Im your new follower!

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Lady Behind The Curtain said...

THANK YOU so much for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I'd like to invite you back this week.
Thanks,
I hope to see you again!

Samantha said...

That looks amazing!!! YUMMMM