Sunday, April 3, 2011

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Oh so delicious!

Considering that chocolate and peanut butter is one of my absolute favorite dessert combinations, I am surprised this is the first time I have made these cupcakes. I am not one bit surprised that these cupcakes were amazing! The chocolate cupcake was the basic jazzed up box variety that has been featured on Baked Perfection multiple times and the frosting...oh the frosting! The peanut butter frosting is just divine. It is perfectly light and creamy and is everything you want peanut butter frosting to be. This is one of those frostings that you can easily eat out of the bowl. If you have a chocolate peanut butter lover in your life you should definitely make them these cupcakes. I topped them with a mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cup disguised as a cupcake because it was very fitting for the cupcake and it is just plane adorable!

Chocolate Cupcakes
recipe from

1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (dust these in flour to keep them from sinking to the bottom of the cupcake)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into 24 lined muffin cups.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting
recipe from Baked Perfection

1 stick butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
generous pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
4 cups powdered sugar

Cream the butter, peanut butter, salt, and vanilla. Slowly add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time alternating with the milk until you reach the desired consistency.

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