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Chocolate Frosted Peanut Butter Cupcakes Recipe

Chocolate Frosted Peanut Butter Cupcakes Recipe

Cupcakes aren’t just for girls! My dad and brothers love peanut butter cups—the inspiration for these goodies. —Alisa Christensen, Rancho Santa Margarita, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1-2/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, peanut butter, eggs, water and oil; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • 2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. Place chocolate chips in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool, stirring occasionally, to room temperature. Add butter and confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake: 289 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 217mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 264414
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2017

"I think these need a little more peanut butter. They had a very subtle peanut butter taste. I found that there was way too much frosting for these, so I am making chocolate covered bananas. The chocolate sets nicely. I think I will put a dollop of peanut butter in between layers of the batter next time."

Zathenator User ID: 4599158 179409
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"They are yummy"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 123892
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"Super moist and flavorful! Everybody loves these!!!"

lalupe User ID: 4370699 123889
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"These are SO delicious and moist! Plus the peanut butter just adds to the deliciousness of these cupcakes. Everyone loved them!"

dee simkins User ID: 2231694 196701
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"I made these for my granddaughters graduation party I used my own frosting because I knew they would be sitting out a while and was concerned with the whip cream in the orginal frosting receipe they were excellent!!"

Teri Sheddy User ID: 4620559 133061
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

"I made these today, and they are awesome...very moist. I added some chocolate covered Peanut butter Crisp in the batter (like crushed Butterfinger bites) I also added a little more Powdered Sugar to the frosting in order to use a decorative tip. The cake itself is as good as it gets! Thanks for the recipe."

kfr33man User ID: 7062488 212577
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2013

"This recipe is outstanding! The cupcakes were very moiste and the amount of peanut butter was just right. The ganache chocolate icing is awesome too. Thanks so much for sharing :-)"

Patpete User ID: 4002778 178260
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2013

"too sweet"

zucchini lady User ID: 2608427 133059
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"I used my own chocolate icing and added a chocolate kiss to the center of this cupcake - was a great success/ will be in my "favorites" recipe box.."

LourdesDz User ID: 5548431 123888
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2013

"Great recipe!! easy and delicious. For a more peanut buttery taste, I've added up to a cup of peanut butter and they still had the same moistness and texture. Used homestyle can frosting though.."

janulla80 User ID: 4889087 195301
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"Very easy to make and SO delicious, light, fluffy...everybody loves them!"

stell65 User ID: 5790167 133058
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2012

"I tried this recipe, and I thought the cupcakes were wonderful. The peanut butter flavor is light--not heavy like other recipes. They baked up light and fluffy. I baked them for 20 minutes. I used my own chocolate frosting recipe because I wanted to be able to freeze leftovers.. This recipe is definitely a keeper. I will make this recipe again. They freeze well also.


ejshellabarger User ID: 3870843 212576
Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"Delicious and easy peasy!! A definite "keeper".

Just a tip: The frosting doesn't stay well in heat as it melts easily. Try another recipe for a summer picnic :)"

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 179406
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012

"I made the frosting only. It was fabulous! I made mini white cupcakes and frosted them with this recipe and topped them off with a raspberry! I took them to a ladies coffee and dessert night at church. They were so cute and yummy! I know I'll use this frosting recipe again and again. Thanks!"

GoodEats69 User ID: 4223087 195136
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"Made these for my daughter's birthday party and her guests loved them! I, too, liked the peanut butter and chocolate combination (think Reese's peanut butter cups!)...and the peanut butter is subtle, not overpowering. This recipe is getting filed in my recipe box!"

cindytanner User ID: 5576113 196699
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"These cupcakes were delicious, with an added feature of being SO easy. The cupcakes had a wonderful, moist texture, with the perfect amount of peanut butter taste; not overwhelming. The chocolate frosting is also easy to prepare, and delicious! Will make these again and again; a big hit with my family!"

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