Devils Food Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

This weeks SMS was supposed to be a huge layered devils food cake, smothered in peanut butter frosting, but as you can see, I decided to scale down the recipe and make cupcakes instead.

Not only are cupcakes much cuter than a layer cake, but I find a huge cake a lot harder to get rid of than their hand held counterparts. For example:

Me: ‘hello mister postman/window cleaner/anybody who happens across my house. Would you like a cupcake?’
House Caller: ‘Why yes, that would be lovely, thank you’
Me: *hands over cupcake, smiles and closes the door*

Rather than:

Me: ‘Hello mister postman/window cleaner/anybody who happens across my house. Would you like a slice of cake?’
House Caller: ‘Why yes, that would be lovely, thank you’
Me: ‘How wonderful, let me cut you a slice, hold on, I’ll also grab you a plate. Oh, and you’ll need a fork too, won’t you… and a napkin?’

See the difference?

Anyway, I digress. The cupcakes were awesome, utterly awesome! Saying this, I did use a different frosting recipe to the one Melissa stated in the book as I feel six sticks of butter is a little too close to a heart attack for my liking.

Check out the wonderful Holly of Phe/MOM/enon for the recipe and as always check the SMS ladies for more cakey deliciousness!


  1. Stephanie
    October 25, 2009 / 1:28 pm

    I did cupcakes, too. You're are cute. I love the chips decoration. You're right! People are much more likely to say yes to a ready-to-serve cupcake than a big ol' cake you have to slice and plop on a plate. They go much quicker around here than regular cake does!

  2. ABowlOfMush
    October 25, 2009 / 2:58 pm

    These looks gorgeous, must be really delicious!

  3. Susan
    October 25, 2009 / 3:52 pm

    Looking at your cupcakes (and reading about how to share your baked goodies) makes me wish I had done cupcakes too. Yours are darling with the mini chips on them.

  4. Jacqueline
    October 25, 2009 / 4:48 pm

    They do look great and I did enjoy your little role playing. It made me smile ­čÖé

  5. Nina
    October 25, 2009 / 5:01 pm

    The role playing was so clever and cute. I do admit it is easier to do cupcakes…which is why I bake cupcakes all the time. It's easier to NOT have them in the house for everyone to get fat off of. These were so cute! The mini chocolate chips seem like a great addition!

  6. Mrs. G
    October 25, 2009 / 5:38 pm

    Cute cupcakes!

  7. Lucie
    October 25, 2009 / 6:02 pm

    these looks delish, you have the piping of the frosting down to a fine art by the look of it, mine never look as good as that.Lucie x

  8. Anonymous
    October 25, 2009 / 6:18 pm

    These look fantastic! And peanut butter icing…mmmm, the decadence… Why share when you can eat?Rosie of BooksAndBakes

  9. Rosa's Yummy Yums
    October 25, 2009 / 6:26 pm

    They look so pretty and luscious! A great flavor combo, mmmhhh!Cheers,Rosa

  10. C
    October 25, 2009 / 6:29 pm

    They look really gorgeous – love the piping of the frosting and the artful scatter of chocolate chips! I keep seeing peanut butter in cakes and it's making me crave…..mmm, peanut butter!

  11. Flourchild
    October 25, 2009 / 7:01 pm

    Yep next time it's cupcakes for me too. Your so right they are much easier to give away! Your frosting looks fantastic! I didn't use the six sticks's not only a heart attack waiting to happen but a butt waiting to explode lol!

  12. Anonymous
    October 25, 2009 / 11:52 pm

    It's true! and people don't grab slices of cake and run back to their desk.Your cupcakes look fabulous!

  13. lakegirl
    October 26, 2009 / 12:58 am

    Your cupcakes look great! Love the mini chips!

  14. lakegirl
    October 26, 2009 / 1:36 am

    Your frosting is beautiful! I love the mini chips!

  15. k.a.r.e.n
    October 26, 2009 / 1:56 pm

    Your cupcakes are so cute! the hubs demanded a huge cake and I had to schlep half of it to work for everyone else!

  16. Karin
    October 26, 2009 / 2:20 pm

    Exactly why I made cupcakes too! I love the chocolate chips on top- they are so darn cute!

  17. Natashya KitchenPuppies
    October 26, 2009 / 6:50 pm

    Cupcakes rock. Remind me to apply for the postal carrier position in your neighbourhood.

  18. Shandy
    October 27, 2009 / 2:33 am

    Very cute cupcakes with the swirled frosting and chips for decoration. Love them!

  19. margot
    October 27, 2009 / 3:55 am

    Cute little cupcakes, perfect for sharing. Portability plays a huge part in how much of a recipe I decide to make.

  20. Anonymous
    October 27, 2009 / 4:43 pm

    i made 24 minis, 12 regular sized ones and STILL had batter left over (guess i should have scaled it down) and they weren't any easier to get rid of. i guess i had too many ­čÖé

  21. hannah | honey & jam
    October 28, 2009 / 1:10 am

    mmmm, those look terrific.

  22. Heather
    October 28, 2009 / 10:55 am

    These are so cute – a "must copy" for me. I agree that cupcakes are so much easier to share with people.

  23. Claire
    October 28, 2009 / 1:46 pm

    Hooray for cupcakes! Double hooray for chocolate & peanut butter!

  24. Anonymous
    October 29, 2009 / 6:11 am

    Hehe you had me at the name! ­čśÇ

  25. MewMike
    October 31, 2009 / 8:48 am

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  26. Heather
    October 31, 2009 / 8:15 pm

    Me again! Have just sent you an award for your lovely blog, so stop by when you get a moment. Sherrytrifle.

  27. SUGAR B
    November 2, 2009 / 1:30 am

    One of the best combos in the world. I want one, please.

  28. Ingrid
    November 7, 2009 / 12:52 am

    Ha-ha! I liked how you presented your case for cupcakes over cake!~ingrid

  29. Candy Girl
    November 11, 2009 / 10:01 pm

    Your cupcakes are adorable!

  30. Dharm
    November 17, 2009 / 11:42 am

    The cupcakes look great! I love the Hello mr postman comparison! So true!

  31. Cousin B
    November 24, 2009 / 3:09 am

    Love your blog! And your recipes are fantastic…Great pictures displaying them too….makes me want to eat! That's not a good thing ya know…

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