Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting

I love chocolate and peanut butter, it's the best combo in the world.  I thought if I like chocolate and peanut butter so much, I bet vanilla and peanut butter would be a great combo as well.  I was right.  I made vanilla peanut butter cup cupcakes with peanut butter frosting.  Yummy.  I put a miniature peanut butter cup in the bottom of each cupcake liner, filled it with vanilla batter and frosted with peanut butter frosting when cooled.  Extra yummy.  I have found a new love and it's name is peanut butter frosting !!  Where have you been all my life?  Can you believe this was my first encounter with peanut butter frosting? I can guarantee it won't be my last. 

Isn't this pretty !!  I was practicing my frosting roses !!  I love, love, love them.

Hello peanut butter cup, I see you down there just waiting to be eaten.

Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting


1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising

1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes

4 large eggs

1 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

24 mini peanut butter cups

Peanut butter frosting:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup creamy peanut butter

3 tablespoons milk, or as needed

2 cups confectioners sugar


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.  Place one mini peanut butter cup into each paper liner; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.

In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts; beat until ingredients are incorporated.

Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting Directions:
Place the butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl, and beat with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in the sugar, and when it starts to get thick, incorporate milk one tablespoon at a time until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable. Beat for at least 3 minutes.

Once your vanilla cupcakes have cooled, frost with your peanut butter frosting.  Use any remaining peanut butter cups to garnish cupcakes.


  1. This is an amazing recipe and you're reading my mind. As I was logging miles on the treadmill this morning I was thinking about a peanut butter buttercreqam/frosting recipe. Right on time!

  2. Recipes both of cupcakes and frosting are great! And you decorated it so nicely.. :)

  3. Peanut Butter Cups are a favorite in our house! I used the new Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in some Mini Cupcakes today.
    Thanks for adding them to Cupcake Tuesday!

  4. your frosting is perfectly piped...so beautiful! these cupcakes wouldn't last a minute in this house..chocolate and peanut butter...oooh weee! welcome to tuesday night supper club and thank you for posting this fabulous recipe

  5. I love chocolate and peanut butter too! These look fabulous! Please share your recipe with our readers by linking it up at Muffin Monday. Thanks!