• Double Reese’s Cupcakes

    by Christin Mahrlig on September 8, 2013

    in Cakes, Desserts

    Reese's Cupcakes

    These cupcakes are a chocolate/peanut butter lover’s dream with double the Reese’s goodness. Hidden on the bottom of the cupcake is a full-size Reese’s peanut butter cup. A light and fluffy and fabulously delicious peanut butter frosting covers the chocolate cupcakes. The peanut butter frosting alone is worth making the recipe. I couldn’t keep my fingers out of the bowl. :)  Don’t tell my personal trainer about it or I’ll be doing Burpees until the cows come home. To get even more Reese’s goodness, I sprinkled the frosting with Reese’s Pieces.

    Reese's Cupcakes

    Freezing the peanut butter cups keeps their shape intact so that they form a nice bottom layer instead of melting into the batter.

    I was a little disappointed with the chocolate cupcake batter I used. Why is something so basic as a good chocolate cupcake recipe so hard to find? It was a recipe from my Chocolate Chocolate cookbook and I’ve never been disappointed with a recipe from it before. The cupcakes turned out crumbly in texture and the flavor was flat.

    Reese's Cupcakes

    Since I wouldn’t recommend it, I didn’t include the cupcake batter recipe. Instead, just use your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe or use a box of Devil’s Food Cake Mix and follow the instructions for making a cupcake batter. Much easier and fullproof.

    Reese's Cupcakes

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    A chocolate cupcake with a peanut butter cup surprise on the bottom covered with a peanut butter frosting and sprinkled with Reese's Pieces. A peanut butter and chocolate lover's dream!
    Recipe type: Dessert
    Serves: 18
    • 1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix, plus ingredients on box
    • 18 regular size peanut butter cups
    • 1 box Reese's Pieces
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 1¼ cup creamy peanut butter
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2½ cups confectioners' sugar
    • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 18 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
    2. Mix cake batter according to box instructions.
    3. Place a peanut butter cup at the bottom of each cupcake liner.
    4. Spoon cupcake batter into cupcake liners, filling ¾ of the way.
    5. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until firm to the touch on top. Let cool.
    6. For Frosting, combine butter and peanut butter in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in vanilla extract. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and heavy cream. Beat on high for a good 30 seconds.
    7. Spread frosting onto cupcakes with an offset spatula or a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Sprinkle with Reese's Pieces.

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    Stephanie May 27, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    What kind of cream should I use? Like cool whip cream?


    Christin Mahrlig May 28, 2014 at 8:31 am

    For the frosting? I used heavy cream, it is in the dairy section next to the half-and-half. Whipping cream would be fine too.


    Jen @ Domesticated Nomad May 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    The frosting is amazing! I could barely stop licking my fingers to type this. ;)


    Christin Mahrlig May 16, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I’m so glad you loved it! You’re making me want some. Haven’t made it in a long time :)
    Have a great weekend!


    Stephanie May 28, 2014 at 12:14 am

    What kind cream did you use


    Sami March 31, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2013/06/chocolate-cupcake-recipe-the-ultimate-chocolate-cupcake-test-baked-by-50-bakers-and-counting.html I love this chocolate cupcake recipe! The cupcakes look great btw. :) I have been loving the peanutbutter combo lately also.


    Gwendy January 29, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I can’t wait to make these. The best chocolate cake/cupcake recipe is the one off of the Hershey’s box.


    Susan October 17, 2013 at 11:32 am

    After ready many recipes for Reese Cup Cupcakes I’ve noticed that most say to put a little batter in the bottom of the cupcake liner. But for yours you definitely put the peanut butter cup in first? Can’t wait to try this!


    Christin Mahrlig October 17, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I didn’t have any trouble with the peanut butter cup sticking. Do think I sprayed the liners with cooking spray. If you’re worried about it sticking, it’s probably not a bad idea to put a little batter in first. :)


    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen September 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    So perfect for fall! I absolutely love them. I need to eat these now!


    marcie@flavorthemoments September 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    These are gorgeous with those giant swirls of frosting covered in Reese’s pieces! They’re perfect for fall with all of those beautiful colors as well.


    Christin Mahrlig September 9, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Thank you Marcie! It’s hard to go wrong with fall colors :)


    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm


    Peanut butter is the way to my heart!


    Christin Mahrlig September 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Mine too Matt! Eat it nearly every day.


    Amy @ Elephant Eats September 9, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Love that there’s a hidden pb cup at the bottom! What a fun surprise to bite into :)


    Christin Mahrlig September 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Surprises are always nice aren’t they? Especially when they involve peanut butter and chocolate!


    Ashley September 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Oh my, these cupcakes are soooo my style. All that peanut butter and chocolate? How can you say no! Peanut butter and chocolate is definitely one of my very favorite combinations : ) Happy Monday Christin!


    Christin Mahrlig September 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks Ashley! Hope you.ve had a great one!


    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs September 9, 2013 at 3:17 am

    That frosting looks so great though! And the peanut butter surprise must be to die for, what a cool idea! I have to try to make cupcakes soon ;-)
    I hope you’ve had a great weekend x


    Christin Mahrlig September 9, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Thanks Consuelo! Hope you’ve had a great weekend too!


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