You will love these Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes! Moist chocolate cupcakes with a delicious Reese's surprise inside and double the frosting. Perfect for pleasing a hungry crowd!
Reese's peanut butter cups are our family's favorite candy, so I always look for fun ways to use them. Last week, I baked chocolate cupcakes with a surprise peanut butter cup in the center.
Why You Will Love These Reese's Cupcakes
These peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes will steal the spotlight at any gathering. Whether hosting a party, celebrating a special occasion, or just treating yourself, these Reese's cupcakes are the answer.
- The Cupcake Magic: We're taking a shortcut here with a chocolate cake and pudding mix. Don't worry. With these secret ingredients, cupcakes will always be perfectly moist and chocolatey.
- A Sweet Surprise: Drop a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in the bottom of each cupcake liner before adding the batter. It's a delightful surprise for everyone to find.
- The Icing on the Cake: What's better than chocolate frosting? Chocolate AND peanut butter frosting swirled together, that's what! Make your favorite recipes (or use store-bought, no judgments here), and swirl them together on cupcakes.
These chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are easy to make with just a few ingredients. Have fun swirling the frosting and adding the candy decorations.
- Dark Chocolate Cake Mix - A box mix makes this an easy shortcut recipe. Make sure you have eggs and oil, too. If you have a homemade recipe you love, feel free to use it.
- Instant Chocolate Fudge Pudding Mix - Adding a dry pudding mix to the batter makes the most moist chocolate cupcakes. Make sure you purchase instant pudding!
- Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - This chocolate cupcake recipe requires 24 regular and 12 miniature peanut butter cups.
- Frosting - A combination of dark chocolate and creamy peanut butter frosting takes these cupcakes over the top.
How To Make Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes
Get ready to have a blast creating these delicious Reese's cupcakes. Grab your apron, and let's get baking!
- Make the cake batter. Beat the chocolate cake mix, dry chocolate pudding, eggs, oil, and water in a large bowl.
- Fill the cupcake liners. Drop an unwrapped peanut butter cup into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Spoon the chocolate cupcake batter evenly into the muffin cups. Bake in a preheated oven, then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
- Make both kinds of frosting. Spoon a small amount of each frosting into two small clear piping bags. Cut the tips off each bag and place them into a larger piping bag fitted with a large open star tip. Close the top of the bag tightly.
- Frost the cupcakes. Fill two bags with frosting, then drop both into a larger bag with an icing tip. You will need to remove the individual bags occasionally to refill them. This can be messy, but the results are so worth the mess.
BruCrew Tip: To give your sweet treat that extra wow factor, top each one with mini peanut butter cups.
Store cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.
Cupcakes can also be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days longer, but they may dry out slightly.
Freeze unfrosted or frosted cupcakes for 2-3 months in a sealed container or bag. Thaw in the fridge overnight before serving.
Tips and Tricks
- Make sure the cupcakes are completely cool before adding the frosting.
- This recipe calls for two batches of frosting. If you prefer less frosting, make half a batch of each kind and pipe smaller swirls.
- Use a piping bag with icing tip 1M to make bakery-style swirls on the tops of the cupcakes.
- Add Reese's Pieces to the top of the cupcakes for more peanut butter flavor.
- These sweet treats are fancy enough for a baby shower or birthday parties.
You bet. Use whatever frosting you love or have on hand to make this delicious recipe.
My favorite way to swirl two colors is to fill two separate bags with frosting. Cut the corners off and drop them at the same time into a larger pastry bag with a decorator's tip. This will prevent colors from blending as you swirl them on desserts.
These frosted cupcakes can be made ahead of time and stored in a tightly sealed container for a few days.
More Reese's Desserts
- Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies
- Reese's Peanut Butter Cookies
- Peanut Butter Fudge
- Chocolate Reese's Cookies
- Reese's Ice Cream Cake
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*This post was first published in October 2010. The photos were updated in May 2018, then it was republished in October 2023.