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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2124arizona User ID: 845443 265725
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

"Served these for dessert one night and they were an instant hit!"

sam51180 User ID: 3555423 265261
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2017

"I made these for a coworker's birthday and everyone fought over them. I substituted apple sauce for oil in the cupcake and sprinkled chopped up peanut butter cups on top for extra show. I'll definitely be making these again."

bonito15 User ID: 6959830 252473
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"This was spectacular - never thought of putting peanut butter in a cupcake and it was so soft and tasty and what a surprise to bite into the cupcake and voila peanutbutter"

nsharper User ID: 1025240 244457
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

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

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 225206
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!"

Julie1962 User ID: 3447267 165235
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?"

MommaLittle User ID: 7063846 150544
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!"

pam712 User ID: 3364759 166807
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!"

angelgirlsoprano User ID: 6305107 208872
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"I'm glad I read the recepie carefully to see it called for large muffin tins. I used standard sized tins and made 24 standard cupcakes in liners. I doubled the peanutbutter filling so each cupcake had about a tablespoon. I frosted just like the photo and still used a a single batch. Cupcakes turned out nice and moist and frosting had a fabulous rich flavor. Little time consuming, but worth it."

girlasaurusrexx User ID: 7049385 125733
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"DON"T waste your time. I would give zero if I could. I wish I could attach a picture to show you how poorly these turned out. Ruined, and now I will be going to the Christmas party with nothing. I used all the batter, and there was an excess - but it was supposed to be "12 large cupcakes"- turned into overflowed pan (glad I didn't use the excess). Made a huge mess. Wouldn't separate. The peanut butter gooed out the bottom. Worst recipe I think I've ever followed. Would never try this again."

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