Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate and peanut butter are such a classic flavor combo. You really can’t beat it. I’d say it’s definitely one of my favorites.

This peanut butter frosting recipe is amazing. No wonder it’s famous. I decided to make these on a whim and take them to a cookout.

I got inspiration from Mermaid Sweets. I decided to kick it up a notch by filling the cupcakes with more peanut butter cup pieces and some ganache. Because ganache definitely makes everything better! Be warned though, after one of these guys, you’ll definitely need a glass of milk.

For the chocolate cupcakes, I used the recipe from Elisa Strauss’s Confetti Cakes for kids – I’m not going to post the recipe here, I recommend the cookbook, although I’m sure someone else has posted the recipe on the Internet somewhere…

Kathleen’s Peanut Butter Icing – as seen on Mermaid Sweets from the Food Network
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.

Chocolate Ganache (I had some leftover in the fridge, you would probably only need about 1/4 of this recipe)
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

In saucepan bring whipping cream to boil over high heat.

Pour hot whipping cream over chocolate and stir until chocolate melted.

You can add more cream if your ganache is too thick to spread.

To assemble the cupcakes:
Using the cone method, remove some of the cupcake and set aside. Drop a few pieces of cut up mini Reeces peanut butter cups to the hole in the cupcake. Spoon some ganache in the hole.

Replace the top of the cupcake. Frost with peanut butter frosting (I used my Wilton 1M tip). Top frosting with more cut up mini Reeces peanut butter cups.

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7 Responses to “Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes”

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    Cupcake Activist — June 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Although the mousse didn’t hold up nicely on top of the cupcake, the taste is really what matters most. Since everyone loved them, then they are a success!

  2. #
    Memória — June 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    How convenient to have the frosting and cupcake be one in the same. I think the cupcake looks great.

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    We Are Not Martha — June 22, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Oooh! My sister and I are forever in search of the best chocolate cupcake recipe and this looks like a must-try! I love that the batter and frosting are the same… And they’re so pretty too 🙂


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    Carly — June 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    these look good. I kinda want to make extra and pipe some inside the cupcake too….

  5. #
    nutmegnanny — June 23, 2010 at 3:14 am

    That sounds awesome! Chocolate mousse and cupcake….I’m in!

  6. #
    yumventures — June 24, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I am making these as soon as humanly possible =)

  7. #
    Madeleine — January 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    These are absolutely delicious, I made them for a party on thursday and they were a hit! thanks for the recipe!!!!!

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