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Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

My family just loves these cupcakes, especially the subtle taste of peanut butter in the frosting. Chocolate frosting is equally delicious on top. —Alyce Wyman, Pembina, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 18 miniature peanut butter cups
  • 1-1/3 cups prepared vanilla frosting
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter


  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter into each paper-lined muffin cup. Place a peanut butter cup in each; fill two-thirds full with remaining batter.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine frosting and peanut butter until smooth. Frost cupcakes.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 257 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 254mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • ebramkamp
    Nov 30, 2018

    This was an easy and fun project for my granddaughter and I. We did chop up the peanut butter cups based on other reviews. They were well received. Very tasty.

  • magicmeg
    Mar 5, 2017

    I had the same problem as Pittypat5458...all of the peanut butter cups sunk to the bottom of the cupcakes and stuck to the liners, so when I peeled the liners off, the peanut butter cups went with them! If I try this recipe again, I will take the suggestion of chopping up peanut butter cups and adding them to the batter. The cakes themselves and the frosting tasted amazing, though!

  • Pittypat5458
    May 1, 2013

    These were just okay. The problem I had is that the peanut butter cup stuck to the bottom of the cupcake paper liner and the whole cupcake was just impossible to eat as it crumbled apart because of the peanut butter cup in the middle. Maybe if you chopped the candy up it would work better. Anyway, I won't be making this again. Even the flavor was just okay.

  • abashu
    Apr 24, 2013

    My husband and I love these cupcakes. I am anxious to share them with my friends.

  • poodlebird
    Apr 12, 2013

    these cupcakes were awesome. julieharter, best review ever !!

  • JGa2595176
    Apr 6, 2013

    Added this to my recipe box, looks easy and to be a hit. Thanks!

  • julieharter
    Apr 5, 2013

    If you want killer cupcakes, make these, they were awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  • JJones1967
    Apr 5, 2013

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  • ginny3235
    Apr 5, 2013

    These cupcakes were a big hit with my seminary class. I made them several times by request, but I did add about 2 Tbsp. peanut butter to the batter as well, and used chunky peanut butter as that is what we have in the house. Worked great!

  • mld13
    Apr 5, 2013

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