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Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Satisfy your chocolate craving with these cupcakes. The creamy frosting topped with chopped peanut butter cups is the best part. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 24 miniature peanut butter cups
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • Additional miniature peanut butter cups, chopped


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, peanut butter, oil and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes or until smooth.
  • 2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. Place a peanut butter cup in the center of each cupcake. Cover each with 1 tablespoonful batter.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Stir in peanut butter. Cool, stirring occasionally, to room temperature or until mixture reaches a spreading consistency, about 10 minutes.
  • 5. Spread over cupcakes; immediately sprinkle with additional peanut butter cups. Let stand until set. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 269 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein .

Reviews for Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cupcakes

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vmurolo 252444
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"Hi from Australia!

I'm hoping to make these tonight for a work fundraiser tomorrow so if i could get a reply asap that would be great!
The recipe calls for 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size) - how many grams is that? My regular packets (450g) says it makes 12 cupcakes although the recipe says it'll make 24....just a little confused if it'll still work out and make 24...
Also, does it matter if I use smooth or crunchy peanut butter?

_nlfPA 225967
Reviewed May. 6, 2015

"I make these for my grandsons and daughter-in-law. They are peanut butter lovers and these cupcakes are right up their alley. They really enjoy them as does the rest of the family. Will make them again for sure.

These are definitely a 5 star rating!
Nancy Foust (_nlfPA)
Field Editor PA"

cookinama 219567
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"These were absolutely decadent! I made them for a Super Bowl party. They were a huge hit with kids and adults alike. The ganache frosting is awesome!"

JKvigne 187690
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"Used butter instead of canola oil, but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. They were great!"

dekranouhi 111209
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"I just finished making these and I could not wait to frost them. But I messed up again! Recipe called for 2/3 c whipping cream so I wanted to use up the rest of the container so I put in the other 1/2 cup, big mistake! The frosting did not thicken, so I added confectionary sugar, but it still did not thicken. The frosting was delicious and I only could use a third of it. I always use milk chocolate chips. So I'll save the frosting to use over ice cream, etc. The taste was very delicious so I shared w/neighbors."

luigimon 211736
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"Family loved these and they are so pretty! I also dipped the cupcakes in the warm frosting and sprinkled them with the chopped pb cups....chopped them a little finer than the picture. I was BETTER than a rock star, lol!"

papa2evan 119545
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"This recipe made me look like a

Rock Star. It looks awesome.
from what I hear it taste even better. I have Type 2 Diabetes, so I can't have one. Do I have WillPower or what? It is so easy to make."

chocoloco 172972
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"Possibly the best cupcakes we have ever had!!!"

RaOwBe 147008
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"These are delicious!"

Aronan 108515
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"Easy and fun to make! My frosting did NOT thicken up like the recipe said it would so I added 1/4 cup of confectioner's sugar and dipped the cupcake into the frosting upside down. I topped them immediately with the cut up peanut butter cups....delicious. I used only a fraction of the frosting though. I'll 1/2 the frosting recipe next time. Rave reviews from my guests."

MCHDVM 189914
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

"These brownies are GREAT!"

Kelly528 172970
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"Was so good and my son made this for his school project. So easy to teach him."

napstertyme 211735
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"A coworker made these for our office on Valentines Day. Amazing!! Instead of waiting for the icing to completely cool, she simply dipped the top of each cupcake in the icing and topped with the chopped Reese cups. The icing settled with a ganache type smoothness and sheen. I didn't find them to be overly sweet, perfect balance!

I will be making my own batch next weekend for my granddaughter birthday party. I think I will try both methods of topping the cupcakes, see which one I like best :)"

Lin1234 147007
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"I made these last night...They were amazing! I proudly have given some to my neighbors & relatives. I actually think the frosting is perfect because the rest of the cupcake is SO sweet. If you just taste the frosting on your finger, it doesn't seem great, but once it sets up & with everything else...It is perfect. It also made the perfect amount of frosting. My husband & I both thought they were better today, then last night after I made them."

Anyapi 111208
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"I made an account on this site just to praise these cupcakes. I made them for a get-together with some friends, but even though there weren't very many of us, the cupcakes were GONE by the end of the night. They are one of the most decadent things I have ever tasted. I did end up adding sugar to the frosting, since it was a tad bitter for my tastes, so if (no, WHEN) I make these again, I'll use milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet. Otherwise, a perfectly delicious recipe!"

Idades 105893
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"These cupcakes were delicious! They were moist and full of flavor. I got lots of compliments on these, would definitely make these again."

ButterLovingGirl 189825
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2012

"To Die For!"

mcfa2010 105892
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2012

"this is my family's new favoite"

gigglygal7 147006
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"I made these for a friend, who loves Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and she LOVED them! These are my all time favorite cupcakes!!!"

jclayson 119538
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"Very Moist... and can never go wrong with a peanut butter chocolate ganache =)"

dminkus 129225
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"very good! worth all the time spent unwrapping pb cups"

Blue Iris 189824
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011


nancybryant 211734
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Delicious! My family loved it and I will definitely make them again. Mine even looked like the ones in the picture! Thanks."

mjmccorm 188836
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Beautiful cupcakes, and delicious too! I spread a little leftover frosting on a banana and it was very tasty as well :)"

hfelderman 105890
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Everyone loved these. I frosted them with peanut butter frosting and then drizzled the chocolate ganache over the pb frosting...yummy!"

Sunshine Rhea 119536
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"These were the most amazing smelling cupcakes ever! It is probably a good thing that I am allergic to chocolate, dairy, wheat and peanut butter or these would have definitely made me gain weight! I made them for gifts for my family, and they were all amazed. My Mom is the ultimate "chocoholic" and an amazing cook. She couldn't believe how good these cupcakes were! Even my boyfriend's four year old granddaughter said: "That is the BEST frosting I have ever tasted!" I love Taste of Home!"

cyndif5944 119535
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Love this recipe! Everyone enjoyed them!"

bochinchera6 172969
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"So rich and delicious, they were a big hit!"

say1 177684
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Very good, have request to make for school party."

KimberlyScott 173161
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"I made these for a bake sale my students were having and they loved them! They sold every one of them. I'm so glad I saved two for my husband and myself!"

mwnyy 173160
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Yikes, I have everything but the pb cups. My mouth is watering just reading about these. Yum"

Lenact 188831
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"I made these for my adult daughter's family birthday party! Everyone loved them!!"

beagle5 191445
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"Awesome recipe!!! I did double the frosting recipe though to have more on the top of each cupcake!"

grandmommo 211733
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"I have to stop reading now. I think I just gained 10 lbs."

cindym113 191937
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"These are delicious, I use a similar recipe. I fill the muffin cups as you would normally, then just push the peanut butter cup in until it reaches half way, then completely cover it. Make sure you dont go all the way to the bottom of the cup."

crimson44 191429
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"My son said this is the best dessert ever! A little time consuming, but, very well worth the effort.I will definitely make these again & again."

adjohnson12374 147005
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"I made these cupcakes for a large group & they went over very very well."

dlrainey 187683
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"I love this receipe! It is amazingly awesome!"

Britt54 147004
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"I used milk chocolate instead of semi sweet for the frosting. I prefer sweet to bitter, but they were excellent! I took them to work and they were a huge hit."

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