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Famous Chocolate Cupcakes

 Famous Chocolate Cupcakes
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
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


  • 4 ounces milk chocolate,chopped
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure 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


  • In a small bowl, combine chocolate and hot water. Whisk until smooth.
  • Cool slightly.
  • 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.

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Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For frosting, combine the peanut butter, butter and confectioners'
  • sugar; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Garnish with peanut butter
  • cups.
  • Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 frosted cupcake equals 332 calories, 20 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.