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Decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Cherie Capostagno Recipe shared by:
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Chocolate cake mix enhanced with dark chocolate cocoa powder, white and semi sweet chocolate chips and topped with frosting made from cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter, swirled over a cone out and frosting filled cupcake center. Decoration? A honey roasted sugared peanut. I had never made this combination of flavors before a co-worker suggested it for her birthday. It's fabulous!

  • Hands-On Time:1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Servings: 24- 36 cupcakes
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  • Box of Duncan Hines chocolate Cake Mix
  • Oil,3 Eggs,Water as directed on box
  • 1/4 Cup dark chocolate powder
  • 1/4 Cup White chocolate bits
  • 1/4 Cup Semisweet chocolate bits
  • 1 Tablespoon of Expresso
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened (not whipped style)
  • 1 stick (4 oz) butter, softened
  • 3/4 Cup peanut butter (natural,creamy style works well)
  • 1 Box of powdered sugar
  • 1 Tsp. vanilla flavoring
  • honey roasted peanuts for decoration

Baking Instructions

  1. Put the bag of dry ingredients in your mixer along with the chocolate cocoa powder.
  2. Add the eggs, oil, water, and expresso- and mix on high.
  3. Fold in the white/dark chocolate bits.
  4. Line a cupcake tin with paper cups and spray with nonstick spray.
  5. Fill each 3/4 full and bake according to directions on box, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack.
  7. Cream together the cream cheese, butter, peanut butter and vanilla.
  8. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth enough to frost with.
  9. Core out centers of cupcakes carefully with an apple corer and pipe with frosting to fill.
  10. Pipe frosting over the tops from the center, out and around the perimeter, back to the center and up, to make a pint at the top.
  11. Top with a honey roasted peanut.

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These cakes have been a blessing. My husband just had a gastric bypass three months ago and now can eat a very very small amount of dessert. This is the perfect size for just the two of us. Hope you continue to make more flavors.

Large cakes to bake evenly

Large cakes to bake evenly

When I make large cakes, such as half-sheet cakes, I put a small metal cup in the middle of the batter. Having the metal heat also from the middle helps the cake bake more even AND the cake bakes quicker without drying out the sides! Let me know if this works for you!

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