Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. The delicious chocolate and peanut butter combination is baked into fluffy, moist cupcakes. This dessert recipe is a keeper!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream

There have been lots of things happening in my blogging development this week. Since my experiments in the lab are acting up, I am indulging more in baking!

These chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting were one of my indulgences, but we will get to them soon. 

First, I successfully made American buttercream. It has only four ingredients and should be very straightforward. But it is not. At least not in my hands. It comes out thin and UN-pipeable. After several tries, this recipe (below) did the trick.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream

My Momma in the US was coming up to visit this weekend, so I wanted to make her some cupcakes. She loves peanut butter and chocolate, so I made her these Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream.

The chocolate cake and frosting recipes are from Krissy’s Creations. The peanut butter buttercream is light, fluffy, and extremely easy to pipe. Definitely a keeper!

The second accomplishment of the week was the start of a cake stand collection. To my surprise, I have always wanted pretty cake stands, so I went hunting this Friday for one at Marshalls/Home Goods, where the options were limitless.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream

I loved these white ones and had to get the set of three to use as a cupcake stand. It totally makes sense! And I had to get this pink one; the scalloped edge is just so beautiful.
 
At the night’s end, I ended up with 5, and I was in cake stand bliss. I told the hubby to consider getting me to cake stands when he thinks I deserve flowers. I hope he listens because there are endless options at TJ Maxx as well (rumor has it).
 
Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream
 
And finally, I started experimenting with picture-taking techniques. I played around with some colored background and lighting  (even though it was a very cloudy day today). I loved the way the pictures turned out.
 
But enough about my accomplishments of the week. These cupcakes were the highlight and are any peanut butter lover’s dream.

With a moist chocolate cupcake and a light peanut butter frosting, the chocolate cupcakes with peanut buttercream will be great for any party.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream

Let’s walk through how to make them with some step-by-step pictures. Feel free to scroll to the end for the recipe. 

Let’s start by gathering all our ingredients. 

Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients

  • some granulated sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • baking soda
  • salta few eggs
  • whole milk
  • olive oil
  • pure vanilla extract
  • some hot boiling water

Peanut Butter Frosting Ingredients

unsalted butter
confectioners sugar
creamy peanut butter
salt
2pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream

How to Make Chocolate Cupcakes

Whisk together the dry ingredients. 

Then whisk together the liquids. 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream

Mix until well combined. 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream

Fill the cupcake liners with the cupcake batter. 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream

And bake until cupcakes are done. 

Chocolate Cupcakes with no frosting

How to Make Peanut Butter Frosting

Next up, frosting while the cupcakes cool. Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar. 

Peanut Butter Buttercream being mixed in a bowl.

Cream in the peanut butter. 

Peanut Butter Buttercream being mixed in a bowl

Peanut Butter Buttercream being mixed in a bowl.

Frost cupcakes with the frosting. 

Chocolate Cupcakes being piped with Peanut Butter Buttercream

More Delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Recipes

What do you think of these delicious chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream? What would you serve with these cupcakes? Let me know in the comment section below. 

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Happy baking, friends!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream
Yield: ~24 cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

These delicious and easy Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream are the perfect peanut butter lover's dream.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot boiling water

For the Frosting:

  • 2 cups (4 Sticks) Unsalted Butter, At Room Temperature
  • 4 cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • Pinch Salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. To make the cupcakes, start by preheating the oven the 350 degrees F. Line 2 cupcake pans with baking liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the eggs, milk, olive oil, and vanilla. With the mixer running on low, gradually add the dry ingredients until fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the boiling water; mix until the batter is smooth. The batter is supposed to be thin.
  4. Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners. Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into a couple of cupcakes comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for a couple of minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the buttercream. Cream the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix (gradually increasing in speed) until the sugar is fully incorporated, about 5 minutes. You may need to stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple of times.
  7. Add the peanut butter, salt, and vanilla and whisk until the mixture is light and fluffy about 3 minutes. Once the buttercream is creamy and airy, it’s done.

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