February 14, 2012

Chocolate Swirled Peanut Butter Blast Cupcakes

Chocolate Swirled Peanut Butter Blast Cupcakes

Welcome to day two of Cupcake Week! In honor of Valentine’s Day, I have just one thing to say.

Chocolate + Peanut Butter = True Love.



Chocolate Swirled Peanut Butter Blast Cupcakes

This chocolate and peanut butter fudge swirled cupcake is topped with two of my absolute favorite frostings ever: Peanut Butter Buttercream and Sweet Milk Chocolate Ganache.

I love this sweet milk chocolate ganache frosting. It’s rich, fudgy, and I love that it stays super dark in color.

It’s indulgent, decadent, and very, very naughty.

These make super cute mini cupcakes, too!

Here are the four recipes you’ll need below for the chocolate cake, peanut butter cake, and both frostings, along with a link to instructions on how to pipe swirled frosting.

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear friends! Enjoy!


Chocolate Swirled Peanut Butter Blast Cupcakes


The Best Chocolate Cake Ever

1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 small pkg Jello instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups mini chocolate chips

In a very large bowl, mix together everything except chocolate chips until well combined. Batter will be thick. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Recipe via Kevin & Amanda


Peanut Butter Cake

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 eggs
1 box butter cake mix
2/3 cup water

In the workbowl of a mixer, combine 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/2 cup butter. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each addition. Add approximately 1/3 of the cake mix and 1/3 of the water, and mix on low speed until just combined. Repeat 2 more times with remaining cake mix and water.

Recipe via All Recipes


Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Place the peanut butter, butter, sugar, cream and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. If necessary, add more cream, one tablespoon at a time, beating for 1-2 minutes after each addition until desired consistency is reached.


Sweet Milk Chocolate Ganache

1.5 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Place chocolate chips in a glass or heat-proof bowl. In a medium saucepan, whisk the heavy cream, vanilla, and sugar and bring to a simmer. Pour over the chocolate chips, let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk until completely smooth. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour or until the ganache reaches a thick, frosting consistency.

Note: I warned you it was sweet :) I absolutely love it and think it’s perfect the way it is — plain or when paired with the peanut butter buttercream above. But you can leave out the sugar and/or use a darker chocolate if you’ve ever not liked a dessert because it was “too sweet”. Me, personally, that’s never happened! :)


Cupcake Assembly

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and line standard-sized muffin tins. Add approximately 2 tbsp of peanut butter cake batter first, then 2 tbsp of chocolate cake batter to each tin. I used this cookie scoop from OXO, found at Target. Use a spoon or knife to gently fold and swirl cake batter. For STANDARD cupcakes, bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes. For MINI cupcakes, add approximately 2 teaspoons of each batter to mini muffin tins, and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.


How to Pipe Swirled Frosting

Katie at Good Life Eats has a fabulous tutorial for this neat swirled frosting technique:

How to Pipe Swirled Frosting

Top with crushed mini Reese’s cups.


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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 14, 2012 at 1:36 am

Chocolate + Peanut Butter = True Love, for me too!

And that PB frosting…ohmygoodness that looks so fluffy and puffy and amazing.

Nothing is ever too rich or too sweet for me, either!


Kristin February 14, 2012 at 2:02 am

Oh my yuminess!!!! I am IN LOVE with these!


Ms. Sew N Sew February 14, 2012 at 5:58 am

Mmmmmmmmmmm :-) Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!


Blog is the New Black February 14, 2012 at 6:40 am

Totally NEED this. WOW!


Heather (Heather's Dish) February 14, 2012 at 6:43 am

that frosting is calling my name in a big, big way!


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh February 14, 2012 at 6:55 am

Oh my Lord this looks right up my alley. The Mr would love it too.

Do you know if you could sub greek yogurt for the sour cream? I assume you could but don’t want to ruin the recipe.


Chelsie @ A Little Peanut February 14, 2012 at 7:53 am

I’m loving this cupcake week! All of these cupcakes look amazing!


Emilie February 14, 2012 at 7:53 am

ok so i thought yesterday’s was the winner but now i’m perplexed. bookmarking in 3…2…1


Brandy February 14, 2012 at 8:15 am

These look so delicious I can’t wait to make them. Thanks for sharing with us!


Erin February 14, 2012 at 8:33 am

If I could have a relationship with food, it would be this.


kimber February 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

I LOVE cupcake week! Bring it on! (Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Perfect cupcake for today!)


Deborah February 14, 2012 at 9:06 am

These look SO good!!


Tabitha (From Single to Married) February 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

I absolutely agree – chocolate isn’t complete without peanut butter!


Liz February 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

Woah! You take the most amazing photos. I really enjoy reading your posts. Thanks for sharing this rediculous cupcake. It looks amazing.


Jane February 14, 2012 at 11:12 am

Omigosh, that looks good! And just in time for my Girl’s Day party, too. Thank you!!!


TidyMom February 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

Amazingly delicious!


HeatherChristo February 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

you have taken chocolate and peanut butter to a whole new level!! These look so over the top delicious!!


Choc Chip Uru February 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Love this combo – and in frosting and cake? Yes please :D
I would love to try a Nutella version for the chpcolate ;)

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angelak February 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm

OH THANK YOU for posting the pb frosting today. Getting ready to make your buttercream right now.


Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] February 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

First of all, the photography of those cupcakes is outstanding! I feel like I can smell it’s sweetness. Great job. I am looking forward to more cupcakes from ya. Yum!


Sara February 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Oh for the love, these look so delicious! Yum, yum, give me the ingredients to make ‘em!


J @ ... semplicemente j ... February 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Pinned in my recipes to try!


ryane February 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm

These look like heaven absolutely…… Ummmmm Yummmmmmmmm. !


MikeVFMK February 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Never a massive cupcake fan. But now I realize it’s because my cupcakes never look this good. These look amazing Amanda! I hope that if I stare long enough the images will appear before me.


Amanda February 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Yes, please!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Diane {Created by Diane} February 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm

oh they look delicious, love chocolate and peanut butter :)


Sheryl February 15, 2012 at 1:53 am

Oh My Gosh! YUM! Please come over to Cast Party Wednesday and share this awesome recipe. Thanks. I hope to see you there! –Sheryl–


Cookin' Cowgirl February 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Chocolate + Peanut Butter, I’m dying here! Mmm


Kristina Vanni February 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Peanut Butter + Chocolate = True Love indeed! Such a decadent and much deserved treat for Valentine’s Day. Beautiful photos as always!


Shannon @ TheDrinkBuzz August 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm

OMG… these cup cakes look awesome. Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter together, mmm :)


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