Monday, November 4, 2013

Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

My father-in-law has a peanut butter sandwich every day for lunch so when his 86th birthday was this weekend I knew what kind of sweet I would be making him.  We got to spend a nice weekend together at the beach.  I used my usual go to chocolate cake recipe from  The chocolate/peanut butter combination was perfect.  

Ingredients: (makes 12 cupcakes, double recipe to make a full batch of 24)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup + 6 tbsp all purpose flour
6 tbsp Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup boiling water
36 mini Reese's peanut butter cups (24 chopped and 12 for garnish)

1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
3/4 cup peanut butter (not chunky)
4 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp light corn syrup

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin tin with 12 paper wrappers.  Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add egg, milk, oil and vanilla extract.  Beat on medium speed for two minutes.  Stir in boiling water.  Batter will be very thin.

Pour batter into paper liners about 3/4 full.  Cut 24 mini peanut butter cups in 1/2.  Put 4 pieces into each cupcake liner.

Bake cupcakes for 15-18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the cake part comes out clean.  While cupcakes are cooling you can make the frosting.

In medium mixing bowl beat softened butter and peanut butter until combined.  Add confectioners sugar and heavy cream and mix until desired consistency is reached.  Add more heavy cream if necessary.  Pour into piping bag and frost cupcakes as desired.

Make ganache by putting heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl and heating on high for 1 minute. Immediately stir in chocolate chips and stir until melted.  Add 1 tbsp corn syrup and stir until smooth and shiny.  Drizzle over top of  cupcakes.

Top cupcakes with mini peanut butter cup.


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  1. I have to make these!! Big Reeses fan here!

    Lori's Culinary Creations

  2. Hi Susan! These look AMAZING! I'm stopping by from Wonderful Food Wednesdays where I spotted these and started drooling :) I pinned them for later as my house is full of chocolate peanut butter fans :)
    Hope you're having a great day!
    Ang, Juggling Act Mama

  3. These cupcakes sounds delicious and look amazing. I generally use a Barefoot Contessa pb frosting recipe, but I'll have to try this WITH the ganache too, of course. Pinning!

  4. ewww these look divine! Cant wait to bake them. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Those look fantastic! I'm pinning and can't wait to try!

  6. Great combo peanut butter and chocolate beautiful cupcakes andi

  7. Hi Susan,
    These are just fabulous cupcakes! Hope you are having a great day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

  8. are you trying to make me hungry? ;) top 15 from foodtastic friday!!

  9. Yum yum yum! I'd love for you to share this recipe with Life Created Tuesdays link party! Tis week's party is now live :)


  10. Oh my oh my!! I wish i had these now! Would love for you to come over and link up at my link party

  11. My favorite combo - chocolate and peanut butter! Pinned. Featuring at Family Fun Friday!

  12. G'day! Love Reeses, true!
    Great cupcakes! Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Peanut Butter Party


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