moist dark chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting & sea salt

May 13, 2013

I know that it is hours before the holiday and most of you already have your cheesecakes out of the oven and are not looking to add any more baking projects. But still, I have to tell you about these amazingly moist, dark chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. Each cupcake has a rich chocolatey taste that's perfectly sweet with a slight buttery undertone. (In other words, do not substitute with another fat, use real butter!). Though it is perfect on its own, it is even further enhanced with chocolate's soul mate: peanut butter. The frosting is perfectly rich and fluffy with the right amount of peanut buttery goodness. A perfect match.

I'm usually not a fan of desserts with too much cream and frosting, but I loved this one so much. It really had a perfect balance of sweet and salty (with the speckles of sea salt).

Don't look at the overfilled baking cups and haphazard swirls of frosting. Let's say I'm more of a casual baker with two left hands (if that expression even makes sense). I enjoy baking but I'm not the meticulous type. They might not look perfect but they truly taste amazing. Really, I mean it: amazing!

I made them for my son's second birthday and everyone loved them, of those who did have a taste. (oh, these beverly hills-ers on a diet).

dark chocolate cupcakes
slightly adapted from gimme some oven
yields: 18-24 

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup coffee, lukewarm

Preheat oven to 375F.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine the milk and coffee.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, making sure each one is well incorporated. Add in vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients to creamed butter mixture alternating with the milk and coffee mixture, beating well after each addition.

Fill paper-lined baking cups 2/3rds full. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

peanut butter frosting & sea salt
from sprinkle bakes

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups confectioners' sugar
pinch of salt
1-2 tablespoons milk or cream

Combine the unsalted butter and peanut butter in a bowl of a stand mixer. Beat together until well blended. Add confectioners' sugar and salt. Beat until well incorporated.  Mixture may be crumbly. 
Add milk or cream 1 tablespoon at a time and beat again until light and fluffy. 

Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe large swirls of frosting on top of the cupcakes and sprinkle with sea salt


  1. Oooh, these seem like brownie cupcakes! How nice.

    1. They're not as dense as brownies but definitely chocolatey with a nice firm crumb

  2. buttery, chocolatey, peanut buttery? gosh, i love this holiday!

  3. You awoke my inner sweet tooth. Do these ship?

  4. I love the description of peanut butter and chocolate's soul mate. I completely agree!

  5. Can't go wrong combining peanut butter and chocolate! These look delicious!

  6. I love how these look and sound! I always do vanilla frosting on my choc cupcakes PB sounds sooooo much better!

  7. This combination and the sea salt addition is pure perfect. I got a one year old's birthday coming up soon so . . .

  8. Love the addition of the sea salt! I wonder why you decided to have your pictures appear in small. You can't see their beauty nearly as much :( (I notice they are clickable).

    1. I wonder why they are appearing small. I didn't make any changes to the blog. Are you viewing them on your computer or phone?

  9. Yummy!!!! I love this flavor profile will have to try it.

  10. Love the addition of the coffee to these cupcakes. The pics are stunning and that frosting is def. going on my to-do list!

  11. Thank you everyone for your kind words!

  12. These cupcakes are right up my alley! Peanut butter, chocolate, and sea salt! Divine.

  13. This recipe is amazing! I made it for a party and they were a huge hit!

    1. Hi Amy,
      Thanks for coming back and letting me know!


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