Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting…

by Jamie on October 1, 2008

I wanted to make a cake for the boyfriend’s birthday, but cake is difficult to “grab and go” at his place of employment, so I made cupcakes. I went with the Hershey’s Chocolate Cake recipe, smothered these babies with Ina Garten’s Peanut Butter Frosting and topped them with a miniature a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Autumn themed sprinkles and/or chopped Reese Cups. I use the Hershey’s recipe a lot because it is tried and true in my kitchen; however, I want to experiment with other recipes in the near future. This frosting recipe was a first for me, I doubled it, so I would have enough to slather on 24 cupcakes. The frosting recipe was very straight forward and required simple ingredients, I chose to use Reese’s Creamy Peanut Butter because Reese’s were the theme of these (in case you have not caught on to that) plus it was cheaper than Jif. I loved the way these looked after they were decorated, they were so autumnal…and very tasty too! The boyfriend’s co-workers are very pro chocolate and they seem to shun anything fruit based (fruit desserts go to my school, where they will eat anything) , so I have to keep this in mind before I decide what to send in with him. These were deemed “amazing” and went over very well. Enjoy!

*Remember to stay tuned to my blog because next Tuesday I will have a little fall inspired giveaway!

Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake
Hershey’s Website

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost. 10 to 12 servings.
Cupcakes: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Icing
Source: Ina Garten (Food TV)

1 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream

Place the confectioners sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

The Food Librarian October 1, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Great looking birthday cupcakes! I love Ina’s peanut butter frosting…so easy and so great!


Em October 2, 2008 at 8:23 am

Those last two pics are so yummy!!! Reeses peanut butter cups go over well pretty much anytime, anyplace :) :)


Leslie October 2, 2008 at 9:38 am

mmmmm..who can go wrong w/ chocolate and peanut butter???Ohhhh soooo yummy!!


Aggie October 2, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Oh boy, do these look good. I’m a chocolate with PB fiend!!


Satisfying my Sweet Tooth October 2, 2008 at 9:01 pm

Just found your blog and wanted to tell you your photographs are beautiful and these cupcakes look amazing. Who doesn’t love pb and chocolate? Can’t go wrong with the combo!


Prudy October 3, 2008 at 8:41 am

What a fabulous birthday treat. I so wish I could have one for my Friday sugar fix. You are so talented!


Erin October 3, 2008 at 7:06 pm

These look so good! I’ve made both the cupcakes and the frosting before (although not together). I know it would be a fabulous combination!


My Sweet & Saucy October 3, 2008 at 9:53 pm

My perfect cupcake flavors…looks fabulous!


Big Boys Oven October 4, 2008 at 3:12 am

great combination of [eanut butter and chocolat minicake which brings out the awesome taste, a real yummy one!


maggie October 4, 2008 at 11:22 am

These are gorgeous! Your pictures are really great. And anything by Ina Garten is indulgent and delicious…


Anya October 5, 2008 at 10:58 am

My gosh you always post the yummiest foods!


Megan October 5, 2008 at 7:08 pm

reese peanut butter cups are my favorite candy so any dessert that involves them is a sure-thing in my book! these look lovely, and i bet that peanut butter frosting is scrumptious :)


Elizabeth October 5, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Seriously, they look amazing! I made choc. & pb cake, but these cupcakes look great!


Heather October 5, 2008 at 7:50 pm

lovely! chocolate and peanut butter is a fantastic combo! love your pics :)


Andrea October 5, 2008 at 9:36 pm

oooh, peanut butter frosting is such a good idea! It looks delicious!


Parker October 6, 2008 at 10:58 am

These cupcakes look incredible. Gotta love PB and chocolate.


jessie October 7, 2008 at 11:43 am

Mmmm, that frosting looks divine!

a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse


hello-emma August 1, 2009 at 10:38 am

I was going to make peanut butter cupcakes and I thougt where can I find the best recipe….?
And my first thougt was: My Baking Addiction! I'll hope she've got a great recipe and you did! :) I'll do these tomorrow! :>


Melissa February 11, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Oh my, these were fabulous. I highly, highly recommend making these!!!!


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