chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream

Fear, Disgust, Anger, Sadness and Joy…

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Did anyone else see the new Disney-Pixar movie Inside Out this weekend? I did…and can we talk for just one second about the short film Lava that played before the movie? I think my heart is still breaking for those two volcanoes. :'(

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The movie Inside Out was amazing…cute, witty, funny, sad and some nice life lessons for the kiddies. The movie is about a young girl named Riley who moves to San Francisco with her family. The adventure begins when her emotions – Fear, Disgust, Anger, Sadness and Joy – try and cope with a new city, house, school and friends. In a nutshell…go see it.

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Out of coincidence – fear, disgust, anger, sadness and joy – are all the exact same emotions I experienced in this one seemingly simple recipe. Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream – fairly low on the complexity scale right? I mean, they seem like child’s play compared to the dobos torte!

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This peanut butter buttercream became my nemesis! It took three failed attempts before I reached my fourth successful batch. Has anyone else experienced such distress with peanut butter buttercream? I have whipped up so many batches and flavors of buttercream with no peril but this left me perplexed. I hesitate to even post this recipe not wishing any of you to experience what I did. From cottage cheese texture, to solid heavy balls of peanut butter and sugar to a moment when I thought my mixer was going to pack his bags and quit…it happened here.

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Despite moments of fear, disgust, anger and sadness, I finally achieved JOY! Just goes to show what a bit of patience, some extra care and precise and observant steps will get you. And in the end, what we have is a classic favourite – chocolate and peanut butter in a cupcake.

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PS – These cupcakes were made for one of my BFF’s – happy birthday Lisa! xo

chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream
Yields 24
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix (+ ingredients on box)
  2. 1 tbsp espresso powder (optional)
  3. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  4. 1 cup of peanut butter
  5. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  6. 3 tbsp milk
  7. a dash of cinnamon
  8. Reese's Pieces
  9. cupcake liners
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line two muffin/cupcake tins with liner.
  3. Mix boxed cake mix according to directions, adding espresso to mix (if using). Do not bake yet.
  4. Fill the cupcake liners only halfway with the cake mix.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
For the frosting
  1. Using a stand mixer, cream together butter and peanut butter. About 6-8 minutes, until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add powdered sugar - slowly - until blended well.
  3. Add a dash of cinnamon.
  4. Add milk 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Beat icing for 8-10 minutes on medium-high speed.
  6. Once cupcakes have cooled, frost and decorate with a few Reese's Pieces on top of each cupcake.
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