Chocolate PB Cup Cupakes w/PB Frosting

March 29, 2011 at 8:56 am 14 comments

I’m in love… with a cupcake!

Who needs men when I have chocolate and peanut butter, my two of my favorite things? As soon as I found this recipe on Sweet Tooth Sweet Life, I knew I had to make these cupcakes asap. Once you finish reading this (and drooling a lot), I know you will want to make them, too!

These are absolutely one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had or made. Chocolate cupcake + hidden Reese’s surprise + PB frosting + more Reese’s = foodgasm x 100!

So, without further ado, the recipe…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes w/Peanut Butter Frosting

Adapted from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

Makes 24 cupcakes



  • 1 box Devilโ€™s Food cake mix
  • 1-1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (or oil)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 small bag small Reeseโ€™s peanut butter cups, unwrapped


  • 1/3 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk (plus more to achieve desired consistency)


  • If you are allergic to peanuts (or don’t like them), feel free to sub in another nut butter or sunflower seed butter.
  • If needed, you can sub in another candy, like Hersey’s Kisses or another candy cup, for the Reese’s.
  • Using apple sauce instead of the oil called for by the baking mix is a great way to cut extra fat. In this case, it worked super well and the cupcake was still moist. Score!
  • To “healthify” the cupcakes even more, smear on some pure (pea)nut butter instead of the frosting.


Mix the cake mix, water, apple sauce, and eggs. This should take about 2 minutes on medium speed with an electric mixer.

Put liners into a muffin/cupcake pans and fill 2/3 the way full with batter.

Bake according to directions on package. My box says 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. It took me about 16-18 minutes since I used apple sauce. Remember: if the baking time is for a full cake, the actual time for these cupcakes will be shorter since they are smaller, so keep an eye on them.

Let cupcakes cool for about 10 minutes. While you wait, take 24 of these lovely bits and unwrap them.

Gently press an upside down Reese’s cup (fattest part on top) into the center of the cupcakes. Make sure the cupcakes are still slightly warm, so this can be done easily, but not too warm, so the Reese’s cups don’t melt completely.

Now comes the hard part, letting the cupcakes cool. I know it’s hard to resist a warm cupcake, but trust me, it’s worth the wait. Among other reasons, it’s easier to ice the cupcakes when the chocolate isn’t melty.

But I won’t blame you if you sneak a warm cupcake. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Once the cupcakes have cooled, it’s time to make the peanut butter icing, aka icing of the PB gods.

Frosting: Blend the PB, powdered sugar, and vanilla (in the amounts from the frosting ingredient list). Add the milk and mix on medium speed until smooth and creamy. If needed, add a bit more milk at a time to reach the desired consistency.

This is a great frosting that can be used for all sorts of recipes!

If you like to keep things simple, use a knife to frost the cupcakes. If you like to be fancy, you can use a pastry bag. If you are somewhere in between and like easy clean up (like me), put all the frosting in a medium-sized plastic bag and cut a small piece off of one the bottom corners. Squeeze out the contents slowly as you make whatever frosting form or design you desire.

Now, frost to your heart’s content!! Be creative with it!

Little swirls of heaven!

If you so desire (and why wouldn’t you?), use remaining/extra Reese’s cups as extra toppings. Cut one in half, and top each cupcake with either one or two halves.

That looks absolutely divine!

Since I made these cupcakes for a potluck I attended, I transferred the cupcakes to baking pans for easy transportation!

And there you have it: chocolate PB cup cupcakes with PB frosting!

You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now go out and make them. I demand you!

… And feel free to ship me some (since I’m back at school with no oven). ๐Ÿ˜‰

Question: What is your favorite kind of cupcake or cake?


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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jackie Hwang  |  March 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    looks delicious!! As usual, your photos are amazing! such a delight to look at … =) I can’t wait to try this when I bake!

    • 2. sixtimestheyum  |  March 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks! I’ve been working on the composition and lighting of my photos, so thanks for working. I love playing around with my camera and “staging” the food. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 3. thewonderingchef  |  March 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    These look delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 5. Flo (Coconut Chronicles)  |  April 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Oh. My. God.
    Those look PHENOMENAL! And you iced them so good! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 6. sixtimestheyum  |  April 3, 2011 at 7:32 am

      Thanks! It’s amazing what a plastic bag and some precision can do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 7. Olivia  |  April 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Hottt damn girl, you totally read my cravings!! I’m in the process of making chocolate pb oatmeal cookies right now; I just LOVE that combo!!

    • 8. Lara @ six times the yum  |  April 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Great minds think alike! Haha. Those cookies sounds awesome. Chocolate PB oatmeal cookies are my fav! If you ever make this recipe, let me know how it goes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 9. Katie  |  April 6, 2011 at 8:37 am

    You are so sweet! U deserve to always be happy too!!!

    I think if these cupcakes were part of my day yesterday, it would have been better! lol!

    Look so good!! xoxo โค

    • 10. sixtimestheyum  |  April 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Aww, thanks girl!! I agree, cupcakes (such as mine) sure add a smile to my day! ๐Ÿ™‚

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