Two Peas and Their Pod

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

First of all, our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Sandy. We hope you are all safe. We are thinking about you!

Happy Halloween! I hope the ghosts and gobblins haven’t gotten you yet:) Every year we stock up on Halloween candy to pass out to the kiddos. I try to buy candy that I don’t like so I am not tempted to eat it. Well, this year I bought a big bag of assorted chocolate candy. I resisted everything but the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. They get me every time. I know the candy was supposed to be for the trick-or-treaters, but those orange wrappers kept staring me down.

I knew I would eat all of them if I didn’t do something with them, hiding them never works since I am the one doing the hiding. I decided to bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup hidden inside and creamy peanut butter frosting. Oh yeah! 

I loved the Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes that I recently made, so I used the same chocolate cupcake recipe this time around. Why mess with a good thing? Except this time I put a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup inside of the chocolate cupcake batter. So in a way, I did hide the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups:)

I topped the cupcakes with a light and creamy peanut butter buttercream frosting. I am usually not the biggest frosting fan, but this frosting makes me want to stick my head in the bowl and never leave. Ok, I will leave once the frosting is all gone, but only so I can make more. It is Divine with a capital D! It is the perfect frosting to finish the rich and chocolaty cupcakes too!

So instead of eating a dozen Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, I ate a dozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes. Hmmm…somehow my plan didn’t work out so well. Oops! Oh well, these cupcakes are worth every calorie and then some!

Everyone has been asking us about Caleb’s Halloween costume. Well, here you go! He is a pea pod! Are you surprised? :) We dressed him up for a neighborhood Halloween party and he loved his costume…for about 5 minutes. Then he had too much fun ripping off the peas and his hat. He is the cutest little pea!

Make sure you save some Halloween candy so you can make these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes. And if you have to sneak some of your kids candy, I won’t tell. Just make sure you share the cupcakes. They will love the surprise inside. Happy Halloween!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Cook Time: 18-20 minutes

Dark chocolate cupcakes with creamy peanut butter frosting. And there is a fun surprise inside-a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup! Peanut butter lovers will LOVE these cupcakes!


For the Dark Chocolate Cupcakes:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
2 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
3/4 cup all-purpose Gold Medal flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream (I used Chobani Greek yogurt)
12 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

For the Peanut Butter Frosting:

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup of cream peanut butter
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream
Mini Peanut Butter Cups, for topping cupcakes, if desired


1. To make the cupcakes: preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.

2. Place butter, chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium heatproof bowl. Microwave in 30 second spurts on 50% power, stirring in between, until the butter and chocolate are melted and the mixture is smooth. (Alternatively, you could do this step in a double boiler.) Set the mixture aside to cool until it is warm to the touch.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl to combine, then add the sugar, vanilla and salt and continue whisking until fully incorporated. Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the bowl and whisk to combine. Sift one-third of the flour mixture into the bowl and whisk gently to combine. Add the Greek yogurt or sour cream and whisk to combine. Finally, sift the the rest of the flour mixture into the bowl and whisk until everything is well combined. The cupcake batter will be thick.

4. Place a spoonful of cupcake batter on the bottom of each cupcake liner. Place a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup on top of the batter. Cover the peanut butter cups with remaining batter, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes. Remove the pan to a wire rack and let the cupcakes cool for a few minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

5. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the peanut butter buttercream frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and peanut butter until creamy. On low speed, add in powdered sugar. Mix until combined and add the heavy cream. Mix until frosting is fluffy. You can play around with the amounts of powdered sugar and heavy cream to get the exact texture and consistency that you want.

6. Frost cooled cupcakes with the peanut butter frosting and top each cupcake with a mini peanut butter cup, if desired.

Chocolate cupcake recipe from Cooks Illustrated

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87 Responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes”

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  1. Heather @ Heater's Dish — October 31, 2012 @ 4:03 am

    You can absolutely never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter!!!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 31, 2012 @ 5:03 am

    These look so good! Chocolate, PB, with a surprise in the middle…yes, perfect!

  3. Blog is the New Black — October 31, 2012 @ 5:48 am

    Lots of love for this recipe!!

  4. Kathryn — October 31, 2012 @ 5:52 am

    You can never go wrong with that combination of PB & chocolate!

  5. Aimee @ ShugarySweets — October 31, 2012 @ 6:46 am

    What a cute little peapod!! This cupcake looks amazing, yum!!

  6. Jolie Angie — October 31, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    This sounds delicious, try this Mexican breakfast

  7. Yummy!!! I love these little cupcakes, how adorable!!! I love the hidden peanut butter treat in the middle!!! I’m bookmarking this recipe!!

  8. Toni — October 31, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    Oh my! These look so good! I love chocolate & peanut butter. I need to make these today!

  9. Darci — October 31, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    Having leftover peanut butter cups in this house is deadly too! Thank you for saving me…now, if I can just figure out how not to eat all the cupcakes.

  10. Rachel Cooks — October 31, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    AHHH! Caleb is so stinking cute!!!

  11. Tracey — October 31, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    Yum, these sound delicious Maria! And I just so happen to have Reese’s in my pantry! Caleb looks adorable in his costume :)

  12. These look awesome, Maria! Caleb looks so adorable in his costume :)

  13. Erica — October 31, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I love that hes a pea pod! SO cute. Those cupcakes=delicious. I just made chocolate peanut butter cupcakes too- best combo. Have a very happy halloween

  14. Abby@ Totes Delish — October 31, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    What a cutie!!!

  15. Joanie Zisk — October 31, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    Perfect combination – chocolate and peanut butter. The cupcakes look awesome and your “little one” is such a cutie!

  16. Cassie | Bake Your Day — October 31, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    Oh, that is too precious. And perfectly fitting for Caleb. I love it!

  17. Cookin' Canuck — October 31, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    So cute, Caleb! And those cupcakes look to-die-for. There’s nothing better than pb and chocolate together.

  18. Jessica @ How Sweet — October 31, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    ahhhhh caleb!!! can’t even take it!

  19. HeatherChristo — October 31, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Caleb is adorable!!!!!

    I have just stopped buying the peanut butter cups, because I will non stop eat them. So instead I bought this other package, and now have eaten all the twix bars instead. Shoot! But these cupcakes look amazing! Have so much fun tonight!

  20. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 31, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I love the cupcakes and I love Caleb’s outfit! It is definitely the perfect one for him.

  21. Jenna — October 31, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    Love his costume! Sweet baby! These cupcakes look delicious.

  22. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 31, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Happy Halloween to you, too! These look amazing! Love pb and chocolate :)

  23. mrs. williams — October 31, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    Last night I made your zucchini chocolate chip cookies. Now I need to make these, too.

    Happy Halloween!

  24. Caleb slays me with his cuteness!! And these cupcakes are killer!!

  25. Carrian@ohsweetbasil — October 31, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    What a cute costume and little boy! I hope everyone has a great Halloween! Can’t wait to try the chocolate peanut butter cupcakes!

  26. Marla Meridith — October 31, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    Such fun cupcakes Maria and Caleb looks so cute!

  27. Annalise — October 31, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    These cupcakes look amazing! And I love your little pea, what a fun costume!

  28. Jackie @ Domestic Fits — October 31, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Oh my gosh! Look how big he is getting! Maria, these cupcakes look fantastic. You need to do Cupcake Cravings next.

  29. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 31, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    Mmmm mmmm

  30. Joanne — October 31, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    I can never control myself around Reese’s either! These cupcakes seem like the perfect way to use them up!

  31. I skipped the chocolate this year for the trick or treaters. I just can’t stay away from it – so they are getting all the sugary, fruity candy. Now I am hoping we get tons of peanut butter cups, because these would be a great way to use them up – yummy!

  32. kelley {mountain mama cooks} — October 31, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    I don’t know what is more delicious- Caleb or these cupcakes! Have a great halloween! xoxo

  33. Ashley — October 31, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

    LOVE the costume! Def the cutest pea ever!! And I’ve been “hunkered down” with out halloween stash for days now with the storm – I’m surprised most of it even made it to today!

  34. Kristin — October 31, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    Those cupcakes look AMAZING!!!!! And that is the sweetest Halloween costume on Caleb! Love it. Just darling!

  35. Katie @ Blonde Ambition — October 31, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    Peanut butter cups are my favorite :) Caleb is so adorable!

  36. Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — October 31, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    These look to die for!!!!

  37. Saffron Sister — October 31, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    Those look amazing. Im gonna try it but then make it flat topped and smooth with a chocolate top so it actually looks like a giant peanut butter cup!

  38. Christy@SweetandSavoring — October 31, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    Chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite combinations! These look pretty much perfect, as usual :)

    Caleb is adorable!

    Thanks for being such a consistently reliable resource for baking! I love you guys so much :)

  39. Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — October 31, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    This sounds like the perfect peanut butter and chocolate cupcake! Very excited to try them as soon as my power is back up and running!

    Caleb is too precious! This is a perfect Halloween costume! I can only imagine how cute he must have been ripping off the peas! Hope you guys have a wonderful Halloween!

  40. Jen @ Savory Simple — October 31, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    Caleb is so adorable! And these sound amazingly good.

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