Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

I’ve been tinkering with my chocolate cupcake recipe lately, because my original one, while delicious, made slightly too much batter for 4 cupcake liners.  I love the new version I’ve come up with because it has even more chocolate flavor.  I hope my niece and nephews approve this recipe–they’re my biggest fans and they are the true authorities on cupcakes!

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Makes 4 cupcakes.
For the cupcakes:
  • 2½ ounces bittersweet chocolate (60% cacao)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6 tablespoons unbleached flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ + ⅛ teaspoon vanilla
For the frosting:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (I used light), at room temperature
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Place 4 paper cupcake liners in a muffin tin.
  2. In a small bowl, add the chocolate and canola oil. Microwave on 30 second pulses, stirring between each pulse, until chocolate is completely melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a medium bowl, add the flour and baking powder and stir with a fork to combine.
  4. To the chocolate mixture, whisk in the sugar, followed by the egg and vanilla. Whisk this mixture together very well. Add all of the flour at once and stir with a spoon or spatula to combine.
  5. Divide the batter between the cupcake liners and bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool in the muffin tin for 5 minutes before moving the cupcakes to a wire cooling rack.
  6. To make the frosting: In a medium bowl, add all ingredients and beat together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost and serve.


      • Heather says

        I just mixed the frosting in a small bowl with a spoon. It probably would be prettier with a hand mixer, but it mixed up fine and tasted great.

  1. says

    I was just working on a post for this weekend for peanut butter cup cupcakes, which are basically a chocolate cupcake with a peanut butter cup and peanut butter frosting. Great minds must think alike…

  2. Patricia says

    Just letting you know that the recipe on Tasty Kitchen is missing the instructions. Perhaps you could edit it? I’m glad you have it on your website.

  3. says

    These look great! I’m going to make them today for me and a friend. Just a head’s up, your directions do not include the vanilla–I’m assuming you add it in with the sugar and the egg, though.

  4. says

    It’s a miserable, rainy day, complete with thunder storms and lightning. To complete the mood, the only outing we had today was to go to a funeral. Then I Stumbled! across this fabulous website and recipe. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to post this recipe on my website, and, of course credit you and put a link to your website!

    Thanks for lifting my spirits!

  5. emily W. says

    Ack! What did I do wrong?! These blew up. BUT…they were delicious. Had a wonderful little crust on the top. And I didn’t make the frosting because I was sans cream cheese, but they were great with just peanut butter smeared on them lol. Thanks!

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