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Chocolate cupcakes with a hidden Reese’s peanut butter cup centre, peanut butter frosting, and even more Reese’s = heavenly peanut butter cupcakes!
Peanut butter cupcakes
This is something that has been so highly requested for such a long time. I honestly can’t count the amount of times that it has been requested, so I thought I would start the year very tastily, after my gin & tonic drizzle cake last week, with this beauty of a recipe. As I couldn’t eat peanuts for so long, it was something I put off posting, but I have made these so many times now it seems fair to share!
I decided to go for a regular chocolate cupcake recipe as I just love them, and I find them easy. However, easy doesn’t mean boring. I decided to jazz them up slightly, by using some Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures sandwiched and baked into the middle. HELLO YUMMY. This is inspired by my Rolo Cupcakes recipe which has been a consistent hit on my blog since posting, so I thought a Reese’s version would be epic. And it was. You could put some Reese’s Pieces in instead if you want, but I just find the miniatures and ideal side, especially when you sandwich two of them together and push them into the middle of the cupcakes.
I love foods like chicken satay, but thats the savoury side of things. Sweeter side, I adore Reese’s. I adore my no-bake peanut butter cheesecake. I adore annyyttthiinnng Chocolatey. So peanuts, and chocolate combined is PERFECTION. Therefore, after a chocolate cupcake, the peanut butter frosting was a perfect match.
A peanut butter frosting was a given, but I know some of you might not be a fan. There’s liking peanuts, then theres liking peanut overload. I however, love it. The peanut butter frosting is sweeter than obviously just peanut butter is because of the sugar in the frosting, and I think that makes it delightful.
Baking cups and piping tips
For this post, I used some orange Iced Jems baking cups so that they would match the ‘Orange’ of the Reese’s packaging. I also used a 2D closed star piping tip to decorate them as its my favourite piping tip ever. Honestly, I can’t stop using it as you might be able to tell. If you want to make these even more delightful and slightly more overload style, you could drizzle on some Melted Chocolate, or even a drizzle of Peanut Butter. HELLO YUM.
I would definitely say if you enjoy the look of these cupcakes, you would also love my peanut butter pie, and peanut butter fudge, which both use Reese’s in them. Honestly, I find peanut and chocolate together a salty and sweet combination, which is ideal like salted caramel is for me. Heeeeaaaavenly.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cupcakes!
- 175 g unsalted butter
- 175 g light brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 140 g self raising flour
- 35 g cocoa powder
- 24 Reese's PB cup miniatures
- 150 g unsalted butter
- 175 g smooth peanut butter
- 350 g icing sugar
- 2-4 tbsp boiling water
- 150 g Reese's pieces
- 6 Reese's peanut butter cups
For the Cupcakes
- Preheat your oven to 180C/160 Fan/350F and line a cupcake/muffin tin with 12 cases
- Beat the butter with the light brown sugar until fluffy
- Combine the eggs, self-raising flour and cocoa powder with the butter/sugar mix until well combined
- Using an ice-cream scoop (to make it the same amount per cupcake) dollop into the cupcake cases – once dolloped, press two sandwiches peanut butter cup miniatures together and lightly push into the cupcakes.
- Bake in the oven for 18-22 minutes or until they are springy to touch and don't make a bubbling sound – leave to cool.
For the Decoration
- Beat the unsalted butter with an electric mixer for a couple of minutes to loosen it.
- Add the peanut butter and half of the icing sugar on a slow speed until it is combined then speed the mixer up and mix for 1-2 minutes until thoroughly combined and smooth.
- Add the rest of the icing sugar and beat again. If its really thick, add in 1tbsp of boiling water at a time until smooth and pipeable.
- Using a medium 2D closed star piping tip, pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes – add on half a peanut butter cup, and some Reese's Pieces, and enjoy!
- You don't have to add the Reese's Miniatures if you don't want to, but it adds a nice peanutty flavour!
- I used supermarket own peanut butter, but its smooth so it pipes well.
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