I absolutely loved these. Chocolate and peanut butter are my favorite candy combination, so I knew it would turn out well in cupcake form. I didn't have any peanut butter cups to sprinkle over top, but the dark chocolate chips and honey roasted peanuts worked out just fine. I cut the recipe down so we would only have 6 cupcakes lying around and it was very easy without eggs. I highly suggest trying these the next time you are craving chocolate and peanut butter!
*These were not made to celebrate a Steelers Super Bowl win. Insert multiple sad faces and several tears. That is all that will be said.
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
from Joy the Baker
Yield: 24 cupcakes
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup canola oil
- 2 tsp white vinegar
- 2 cups cold water
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp milk (or water)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners and set aside.
- In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, water, vanilla extract and vinegar.
- Slowly whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients being careful not to overmix. (Mixture will be wet.)
- Pour the batter until the cups at two thirds full and place in the oven for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cup comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then place on a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.
- In a medium bowl, beat butter and peanut butter until creamy and virtually no lumps remain. Scrape down the bowl.
- Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and beat on low for 1 minute.
- Add milk and beat on medium high for 1 minutes.
- Add more powdered sugar as you go until you reach desired consistency.
- Spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes and top with desired toppings: chopped peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, peanuts, etc.