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Chocolate PB Cup Cupakes w/PB Frosting

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?


March 29, 2011 at 8:56 am 14 comments

Raw Food โ‰  Sushi

"Halva Chia Thumpprint Cookies" 1Any American Idol (AI) fans in the (internet) house? That’s what I thought!

I’ve been an Idol fan for about two full seasons. My mom and I would spend a few hours each week sitting in front of the TV, rooting for our favorites. One or two months ago, my family was invited to (by Rebecca) attended its first AI party and has continued attending every (well, almost every) Tuesday ever since. Although my mom and I are the only true AI fans in the family, my brother (whose friend also attends the party) and dad also seem to have fun.

For those of you are completely confused as to what an “AI Party” is, it’s an AI viewing party with dinner and friends (at least that’s our version). Although the parties used to generally include pizza, salad(!), and drink (lots of beer for the adults!), a few weeks ago, we began having theme nights. First came Greek night, then Mexican night (at my house), Thai night, Indian night (which I missed), and… Raw Food night.

“Raw Food? Like sushi?” For those of you not familiar with this diet (not like a weight loss kind of diet), “A Raw food diet is based on eating whole, live, nutritionally-dense organic uncooked and un-processed foods as a large percentage of your diet” (Raw Food Life). Why Raw Food? Well, it’s super healthy and good for your body for a number of reasons, including it’s rich in essential enzymes, vitamins, and minerals (many of which are believed to be killed when cooked above a certain temperature) and energizes you! The idea of Raw Food scares a lot of people because it’s so foreign, but believe me, not only is it super healthy (Have your cake and it to… and for dinner, anyone?), it’s SO delicious and easy to cook bake make. Take my "Halva Chia Thumpprint Cookies" 2word for it.

Back to AI theme nights. Rebecca suggested we had a Raw Food night, and I was totally up for it. I generally make dessert for the party (and love doing so) and was really looking forward to Raw Food night (which this past Tuesday). I had actually recently bought Ani’s Raw Food Desserts by Ani Phyo and was eager to try a recipe out. There were (are!) so many dessert recipes to choose from, but I knew I needed to choose something easy (I didn’t have a lot of time to make the dessert) and something that people would be excited about trying. I decided on “Halva Chia Thumbprint Cookies.” The book states “these fun cookies are inspires by a Balkan-style, calcium-rich, tahini-based halva.” The cookies contained 6 ingredients (sprouted chia seeds*, tahini, almond meal, salt, agave syrup, Medjool dates) and a homemade Raspberry sauce (raspberries, Medjool dates, agave syrup, water).

*I substituted flax seed for the chia seeds (which the book said would be okay) because I didn’t have the latter. Flax seeds have similar nutritional benefits.

I’m still trying to figure out the legal logistics of whether I can legally put published recipes on my blog or not. So, I’m going to just give you the link to the recipe (which I found on another website, and there’s a how-to video, too!).

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and I hope you give the recipe (and raw food) a try! Please leave a comment and tell me what you think (about this post or the recipe).

๐Ÿ™‚ Lara

PS. Sorry about the bad photo quality. Long story short, my camera isn’t fully functional, so I had to use my camera. Problem will be fixed soon.

April 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm 6 comments

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