Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes


These cupcakes were one of four different kinds I made for the second birthday we celebrated after our move to LA. The first one involved the much loved (and totally insane) Chocolate Kit Kat Skittles Cake. This birthday boy is not into candy so much as overall decadence, so a tray of snazzy cupcakes was my obvious choice. 🙂

These cupcakes were one of my favorites because I really, really love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. It’s such a shame that the mass produced partnerships of chocolate and peanut butter taste so fake. Anyhoo, these cupcakes do involve two batters, however the extra work of mixing a second batter is totally negated by not having to frost them when they’re done. The way the two batters bake into each other and of course the peanut butter chips and chocolate chips on top is more than enough of a replacement for frosting!

The grow ups loved these as well, but they were a really big hit with the kids!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes via Pillsbury

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter chips
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Preheat to 350 and pop liners in your muffin cups. 🙂 Whisk together the flour, cocoa, brown sugar baking soda and salt. Once that’s all incorporated, add the oil, water, vinegar and vanilla – do NOT overmix!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
In a new bowl, mix the egg, cream cheese, peanut butter and sugar (much easier with an electric mixer) until smooth, then add the confectioner’s sugar.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
This is the fun part! Spoon 1 tablespoon of the chocolate batter into each muffin cup, then 1 tablespoon of the peanut butter batter, then a second tablespoon of chocolate batter and a second tablespoon of peanut butter batter.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Sprinkle with peanut butter chips and chocolate chips!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Bake for 25 minutes or so and let cool 15 minutes before you try to pry them out! The original recipe says to wait another 15 minutes before you serve them but I made these for our friend’s birthday so we didn’t get to them until way later that night (and they were amazing).
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Behold! The rest of the birthday cupcake tray!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes


  1. Samantha  •  Oct 18, 2012 @10:55 am

    Oh, holy crap! Those look AMAZING!!

    They are dangerously good. So good I had to leave most of them with friends because I would have inhaled them all. True story.

  2. Pamela  •  Oct 18, 2012 @3:46 pm

    We are on a anaphylaxis-induced family 3 month mandatory eating restriction that will have no sugar, no chemicals, and no simple carbs. AND YOU HAD TO POST THESE GORGEOUS THINGS!!! You’re a very cruel woman, Maytina…

    Especially since I knew that! Sorry! File away for the new year. 😉

  3. Camille  •  Oct 24, 2012 @9:12 am

    Yum!!!! I like chocolate and peanut butter together too, but not in anything premade. I don’t even like Reeses peanut butter cups, they taste fake to me. Will definitely have to try this recipe. 😀

    I agree! That combo is heaven, but usually only when made from scratch!

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