Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

These chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are the perfect combination of sweet and slightly salty. Chocolate sponge topped with a swirl of creamy peanut butter frosting drizzled with melty chocolate and finished off with half a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, the image of cupcake perfection.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

When it’s cold outside and I’ve spent the whole day making cupcakes at work, battled my way home through the biting wind which is ever present along the banks of the River Tyne before finally collapsing in the comfort of my warm house you’d think the last thing on my mind would be more baking.  You’d be wrong, I’m forever getting back from a day of baking in the shop only to pull out my Kitchenaid and whip up something sweet and sugary. It’s an addiction.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

These chocolate peanut butter cupcakes came about when I looked in the cupboard and realised I had a bumper pack of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups sitting unused. Rather than alert Kris and watch them vanish in a matter of moments, I thought I’d do something special with them, and whats more special than adorning the top of a cupcake?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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These chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are the perfect combination of sweet and slightly salty. Chocolate sponge topped with a swirl of creamy peanut butter frosting drizzled with melty chocolate and finished off with half a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, the image of cupcake perfection.



For the cupcakes:

  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g soft light brown sugar
  • 3 large, free range eggs
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 4tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2tbsp whole milk

For the frosting:

  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 100g smooth peanut butter
  • 2tbsp whole milk
  • 50g plain chocolate, melted
  • 6 Reese’s peanut butter cups, halved


  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C fan and line a cupcake tray with 12 liners.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Place the butter and sugar in an electric mixer and mix until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Add the flour mixture in one go ensuring all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Mix the milk through the batter until smooth.
  4. Fill the cupcake liners to 2/3 full and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool in the pan for five minutes before removing to finish cooling on a rack.
  6. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting.
  7. Mix the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until pale and soft. Add the icing sugar, peanut butter and milk. Turn the mixer on low and gradually increase the speed. Whip for 5 minutes, if the frosting looks too stiff add a splash more milk until you reach a nice piping consistency.
  8. Once the cupcakes have cooled fill a piping bag, fitted with an open star nozzle, with the peanut butter frosting and pipe a cute swirl on each cake. Drizzle each cake with the melted chocolate and top with half a peanut butter cup.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  1. Rebecca
    January 28, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    These are making my mouth water! And you've reminded me about some almond butter cups that I used to make.. I'm tempted to spend this afternoon baking now!

  2. Charli Russon
    January 28, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    Its really lovely that you haven't been put off baking by doing it all day at work. These look utterly delicious and love the way you've decorated them. C x

  3. Clairejustine
    January 28, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    These look and sound delicious. I love anything with peanut butter in them 🙂

  4. Agnes
    January 28, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    OMG, they look's so delicious and amazing! I love peanut butter! <3

  5. Katy S
    January 28, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    These look absolutely amazing. I'm a HUGE fan of peanut butter!

  6. Bethany Sibley
    January 28, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    Oh man do these sound good, it’s basically night time here and I’m ready to sleep, but you’ve just got my tastebuds tingling, oh wow.

  7. Victoria
    January 28, 2018 / 11:34 pm

    These look and sound amazing! I have my engagement party soon, so these might be a great option to include as our sweets. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Angela Milnes
    January 29, 2018 / 12:36 am

    OH THESE LOOK SUPER CUTE. I do like peanut butter and Reese cups are so yummy.

  9. beautyqueenuk
    January 29, 2018 / 10:20 am

    Two of my favourite things in one cake, I definitely need these x

  10. Steve Rickelton
    January 29, 2018 / 10:29 am

    These look so good! We haven't baked any cakes in ages – need to get on it!

  11. A Day In The Life Of A Mum Of 6
    January 29, 2018 / 11:19 am

    They look absolutely insane 🙂 I have started baking again recently and I will defo be giving these a try soon 🙂

  12. Elizabeth
    January 29, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    Chocolate and peanut butter are my #1 favourite combination when it comes to sweet treats, and I LOVE the look of these cupcakes! YUM!

  13. Linda Hobbis
    January 29, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    I adore peanut butter and these look divine. I think I must have missed the baking gene or something because I really envy you for being able to just go into the kitchen and whip up a batch of something.

  14. the frenchie mummy
    January 29, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    wow! I wish I could bake something as gorgeous as this! When can I come around yours to enjoy some of those?

  15. Ger ( It's Me & Ethan)
    January 29, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    These look like the advertisements you see in magazines ! You're very very talented ! Do you post these out ??? Xx

  16. Emily Leary, A Mummy Too
    January 29, 2018 / 10:44 pm

    These look delicious… I love nuts and chocolate together. Very pretty frosting swirls too, I think adults and kids alike would be delighted with these.

  17. Laura Side Street
    January 30, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    Oh wow these cupcakes look absolutely delicious and what a treat. I love peanut butter – think I'm going to give these a go on the weekendLaura x

  18. Dena Jayne
    January 30, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    ooo, these look gorgeous! I know just the person who would love these! x

  19. Beth @
    January 30, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Oh wow!!! These look amazing! Even my 3 year old is drooling. We love chocolate and peanut butter and cake in this house! 😀

  20. Chloe Borderick
    January 30, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    These look absolutely delicious – I love chocolate and peanut butter together!NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Foodie Blog

  21. Amanda Rose
    January 31, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    Peanut butter and choc is one of my fave flavour combos ever! I'm not great at baking but might have to try this sometime.

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