Famous Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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We could tell you this is the best chocolate cupcake you will ever try, or you could serve it at your next holiday event and see for yourself. With its tender texture and perfect, intentional chocolate flavor, it's a classic dessert for casual and elegant affairs. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 4 ounces milk chocolate,chopped
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 24 miniature peanut butter cups

Nutritional Facts

1 frosted cupcake: 332 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 250mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine chocolate and hot water. Whisk until smooth. Cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  3. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Whisk buttermilk into chocolate mixture. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with chocolate mixture, beating well after each addition. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full.
  4. Bake at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. For frosting, combine the peanut butter, butter and confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Garnish with peanut butter cups. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Decorative cupcake liners can be found at
Originally published as Famous Chocolate Cupcakes in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p65

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sudiiptaa User ID: 7279722 198261
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2014

"Really nice and tasty too..."

JessBella6 User ID: 5295511 213041
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

"The frosting did not spread as easily as I expected even though I followed the instructions."

MY REVIEW User ID: 6825484 151779
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"I think Taste of Home meant "intensely", not intentionally chocolate."

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