If you love chocolate and peanut butter – then these Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting are for you. They start with super moist chocolate cupcakes that have a soft cupcake crumb and rich chocolate flavor. Then they’re topped with fluffy peanut butter frosting. If you love peanut butter cups – then these chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are definitely for you!
“I love creating delicious things to eat – particularly anything with chocolate, peanut butter or copious amounts of frosting!”
That’s what I said way back in 2015 when I wrote the About Me teaser for Just So Tasty. Since then we’ve gotten to know each other better and we’ve made our fair share of deliciousness with chocolate, peanut butter & frosting. But never have I combined all three until I made these chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. (Well – except for when eating cookies & cupcakes in rapid succession).
That is – until today. Because today we’re making AMAZING Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. It’s a whole new 1+1+1>3 type of deal. And a total necessity on your list of kitchen to-dos.
These are the softest, most chocolate-y, super moist chocolate cupcakes. And the buttercream is smooth, ridiculously creamy, peanut buttery and just plain off-the-hook delicious. Ok – maybe a few too many adjectives. But let’s talk specifics.
The chocolate cupcakes are fluffy and moist without being the least bit oily. The recipe is adapted from my recipe for double chocolate cupcakes – but here’s the run down on the important ingredients:
At the end of the day, you get chocolate cupcakes with a rich chocolate flavor that are soft, moist & fluffy.
And then the peanut butter frosting. Have two words ever sounded so sweet? To make this peanut butter heaven, we’re simply going half-ers with the ratio of butter & peanut butter in our classic recipe for buttercream frosting.
The recipe will make enough frosting to pipe each cupcake with a generous portion, but feel free to frost the cupcakes by simply swirling on the buttercream using a flat-edge knife.
You can decorate your chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with chocolate sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, Reese’s Pieces or plain jane style with no decorations would be just perfect too.
These chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting are the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter. And if peanut butter cups call to you – make sure to try these other treats:
Preheat the oven to 365F degrees and line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Beat together the oil, sugars, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl.
With the mixer on low speed beat in about 1/2 of the flour mixture, followed by 1/2 of the buttermilk. Repeat the process with the rest of the flour & buttermilk.
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling each about 2/3rds full.
Allow the cupcakes to cool in the muffin pan for at least 10 minutes, then remove and continue cooling on a wire rack.
To make the peanut butter frosting, first beat the butter using an electric mixer.
Turn down the mixer to low and slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Once almost all of the icing sugar has been added, beat in the whipping cream 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
Frost the icing using a piping bag or with the flat-edge of a knife. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles. I frosted mine using a 1M Wilton tip.