Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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I didn't have any luck finding a peanut butter-filled chocolate cupcake (my two favorite flavors), so I made my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe and experimented with the filling until I found one I liked. —Julie Small, Claremont, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 509 calories, 22g fat (7g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 394mg sodium, 75g carbohydrate (55g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein


  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar and milk until smooth; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, water, milk, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened (batter will be thin).
  3. Fill paper-lined jumbo muffin cups half full with batter. Drop a scant tablespoonful of peanut butter mixture into center of each; cover with remaining batter.
  4. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  5. In a large bowl, combine frosting ingredients until smooth; frost cupcakes. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 1 dozen jumbo cupcakes.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes in Taste of Home April/May 2007, p29

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Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"Best Recipe Ever. Always requested when we have food day at work. Easy and so yummy!"

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2015

"I've made these multiple times and they always turn out beautifully. It's the perfect amount of peanut butter for a salty-sweet combo!"

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"I made the recipe exactly as it was printed and when the time was up to pull the cupcakes out of the oven, I saw that the middles were sunk ?? what caused that?"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"I made these exactly how the recipe directed, and they were out of this world, delicious!! My cupcake pans are "standard" size, so it made an entire two dozen! I wish I'd thought to double the frosting, though! This is a definite keeper! Thanks!"

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2013

"this is THE best chocolate and peanut butter recipe I have ever made. It reminds me of funny bones. It is a recipe that is requested many times!"

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