Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe
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Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

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My family just loves these cupcakes, especially the subtle taste of peanut butter in the frosting. Chocolate frosting is equally delicious on top. —Alyce Wyman, Pembina, North Dakota
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 18 miniature peanut butter cups
  • 1-1/3 cups prepared vanilla frosting
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 257 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 254mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter into each paper-lined muffin cup. Place a peanut butter cup in each; fill two-thirds full with remaining batter.
  2. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, combine frosting and peanut butter until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Cupcakes in Country Woman January/February 2003, p35

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magicmeg User ID: 7755374 262087
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"I had the same problem as Pittypat5458...all of the peanut butter cups sunk to the bottom of the cupcakes and stuck to the liners, so when I peeled the liners off, the peanut butter cups went with them! If I try this recipe again, I will take the suggestion of chopping up peanut butter cups and adding them to the batter. The cakes themselves and the frosting tasted amazing, though!"

Pittypat5458 User ID: 6685932 38713
Reviewed May. 1, 2013

"These were just okay. The problem I had is that the peanut butter cup stuck to the bottom of the cupcake paper liner and the whole cupcake was just impossible to eat as it crumbled apart because of the peanut butter cup in the middle. Maybe if you chopped the candy up it would work better. Anyway, I won't be making this again. Even the flavor was just okay."

abashu User ID: 6784654 86881
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"My husband and I love these cupcakes. I am anxious to share them with my friends."

poodlebird User ID: 3654036 125867
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2013

"these cupcakes were awesome. julieharter, best review ever !!"

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 86879
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2013

"Added this to my recipe box, looks easy and to be a hit. Thanks!"

julieharter User ID: 4310616 38711
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2013 Edited Mar. 6, 2017

"If you want killer cupcakes, make these, they were awesome! Thanks for sharing."

ginny3235 User ID: 3407760 118082
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2013

"These cupcakes were a big hit with my seminary class. I made them several times by request, but I did add about 2 Tbsp. peanut butter to the batter as well, and used chunky peanut butter as that is what we have in the house. Worked great!"

chelsp User ID: 4378013 205347
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"I decided last minute to make these and they were a great crowd pleaser! I couldn't find the miniature peanut butter cups at the grocery store so I went with two peanut butter cup chocolate bars and cut each cup into four pieces. Worked perfectly. I also did half with buttercream and peanut butter icing and half with milk chocolate peanut butter icing. Both were equally good."

auntbuffy User ID: 4182639 205346
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"what an easy baking project for the kids they loved them and it was so easy .this one is a keeper and one to share"

Shicks217 User ID: 3743601 84464
Reviewed May. 4, 2010

"Made these for my husbad's office potluck. Everyone loved them, but they are definitly a guilty pleasure. I chopped up some extra Peanut Butter Cups and sprinkled them on top for a hint of what's inside. Yummy!"

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