Chocolate Chocolate cupcakes (from Martha Stewart)

To kick off Cupcake Week, I decided to go with a classic flavor combo. Chocolate and chocolate. It doesn’t get much better than that… I decided to try another recipe from Martha Stewart’s Cupcake Cookbook (which you can win in Part 2 of my Blogiversary Giveaway). I chose the Devil’s food cupcake because the photo in the book looks awesome. By the way, I LOVE cookbooks that have a picture for each recipe. Food is very visual for me and if a recipe doesn’t have a picture, I have a hard time getting excited about it… I also have to say that so far, I’m LOVING this cookbook. There are full color photos for each cupcake in the book and every one I’ve tried so far has turned out great. So far this book has two thumbs up!

I topped the Devil’s food cupcakes with some leftover ganache I had in the fridge from making some Almond Joy cupcakes. These were decadent and delicious. Definitely try them out if you need a chocolate fix.

Check out my week of cupcakes here.

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Devil's Food Cupcakes


For the Cupcakes
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
3/4 cup hot water
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp coarse salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sour cream, room temperature

For the Chocolate Ganache (again, I used some that was leftover. This recipe would make too much for the cupcakes)
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream


For the Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together cocoa and hot water until smooth. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Melt butter with sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Remove from heat, and pour into a mixing bowl. With an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat until mixture is cooled, 4 to 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add vanilla, then cocoa mixture, and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the sour cream, and beating until just combined after each.

Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three- quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool 15 minutes; turn out cupcakes onto racks and let cool completely. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.

For the Chocolate Ganache
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.

I then chilled the ganache by putting it in the fridge and stirring every 5 minutes until it reached the consistency I wanted. I used a spatula to spread some ganache on the cupcakes.

Recipe from Martha Stewart

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18 Responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Colleen — July 16, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    These look amazing! I love that you added even more peanut butter flavor too!

  2. #
    Amy Kingman — July 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Mmmmmm! These look incredible!! AH! My weakness!!!!

  3. #
    Memória — July 16, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Oh wow!! This looks soo good. I would make the cupcakes with the Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate cake recipe and then use the other recipes you provided. Thanks!!!!

  4. #
    Jen — July 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    You could definitely use any chocolate cupcake recipe that you want!

  5. #
    Stephanie Wagner — July 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    These look awesome! I bet they’re really rich!

  6. #
    oneordinaryday — July 16, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Holy. Cow.
    These look sooo darn good!

  7. #
    Jill — July 17, 2009 at 3:51 am

    I saw your picture on Tastespotting and had to see more! Your cupcakes look delicious!

  8. #
    Kerstin — July 17, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Wow, these look beyond incredible! I’m completely impressed 🙂

  9. #
    Jennifer — July 17, 2009 at 10:32 am

    peanut butter cups…one of my favorites!! What an awesome cupcake!!!

  10. #
    Laura — July 17, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Oh. My. God. I think my DH is packing his bags to leave me as we speak!

    These look soooo good. I bet it’s all you can do to eat one they are so rich!

  11. #
    Erin — July 18, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    These look delicious! Chocolate and peanut butter is the most fabulous combination!

  12. #
    Scott W. — July 23, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Alright, so you’ve gotta make some cupcakes when we are in Pennsylvania. These would work. Yummy!!!

  13. #
    Jen — July 23, 2009 at 12:38 am

    haha no prob Scott. Just let me know what you’re in the mood for. These were delicious…

  14. #
    Ingrid — July 26, 2009 at 1:13 am

    The only time I like chocolate or PB is when they’re together so these are looking pretty good to me!

    Btw, your salmon and the “sauce” looked really good too!

  15. #
    Mermaid Sweets — July 27, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Thanks so much for the link back, your cuppies look amazing.

  16. #
    comfycook — February 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I just discovered these and can’t wait to make them. Love chocolate and peanut butter.

  17. #
    LauraC — May 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I just made your vegan chocolate cupcakes over the weekend for some vegan friends and they were a huge hit. I had bookmarked this cupcake recipe for mother’s day because I LOVE peanut butter cups.

    Anyway I wanted to let you know the woman from Confetti Cakes was on Rachel Ray and they posted the official recipe on the Rachel Ray website. Not sure if you want to link it?

  18. #
    Jan — February 23, 2012 at 7:29 am

    THank you for this post! I tried the cupcakes out here:

    and loved it!

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