Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

by Alli

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting are probably my favorite cupcakes ever. Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven.

When referring to cupcake topping, do you say frosting or icing? I seem to always be switching between the two, so I googled it.

I’m glad I stuck to Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. Seems I’m correct on this one! However you say it, we love cupcakes. Make sure to visit my best cupcake recipes

Here’s The Deal

“Icing is generally used to glaze pastries or cakes and tastes more sugary than frosting. The frosting is a thick, fluffy mixture, used to coat the outside of a cake.”

Now that we’ve got that national crisis settled, let’s talk cupcakes. A white back, one of my favorite preschool teachers asked me to bake cupcakes for her preschool class at church.

Yep, she’s a teacher at one of the local schools and at church. The kids love her and so do I! So, I was happy to supply her classroom with cupcakes. 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting is my go-to cupcake recipe! Delish!

There was a time when I was a cake mix snob. You would never, ever catch me using a boxed mix. I turned my nose up at those prepackaged boxes when I passed them by at the grocery store. But sometimes a boxed mix comes in handy.

Ingredients For Chocolate Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Frosting

You can find the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

  • chocolate cake mix (plus ingredients listed on the box)
  • pure vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients 

  • butter
  • peanut butter
  • pure vanilla extract
  • heavy whipping cream
  • powdered sugar

Helpful Hint: Powdered Sugar and Confectioners Sugar is the same thing. Basically, powdered sugar is granulated white sugar that has been finely ground and mixed with a little cornstarch. You can easily make powdered sugar at home.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

I always add a teaspoon of pure vanilla to make a cake mix taste like homemade. You can get my homemade vanilla extract recipe here. It’s so easy to make your own vanilla.

When it came time to bake the cupcakes, I had symptoms of a cold and was feverish, so I resorted to a boxed mix, lots of handwashing, and made the frosting from scratch.

I guess I was a little delirious because halfway through the baking time, I realized I had done something I’ve never done before! I had left out the eggs – all three of them! Yikes! I just knew I’d have to redo the cupcakes!

Alas, when the baking time was up, the cupcakes looked great. So I asked my daughter and husband to eat one and they both proclaimed them delicious.

Then I remembered those recipes that call for a cola and a cake mix and realized I didn’t need the eggs at all. But, usually, I do add the eggs. 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

That revelation caused me to look back and remember all the times I didn’t bake a cake because I was out of eggs. Dang.

I added nothing in place of the eggs because it was an oversight. The crumb of the cupcakes looked normal and tasted as good or better than when I add eggs.

The cupcakes didn’t fall apart. Actually, they were perfect. Go ahead and leave those eggs out if you don’t have eggs on hand. I’ll never tell!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting


Yield: 24 cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Best Frosting - Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting have just the right amount of chocolate and peanut butter goodness.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 49 minutes


  • 1 chocolate cake mix ( add ingredients and prepare according to directions on box)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp.
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


Place cupcake liners in tins and preheat oven to 350º. Mix cake mix according to directions on the box, adding a teaspoon of vanilla. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full of batter.

After baking according to package directions, let cool to room temperature.


With a mixer, mix together butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, a little at a time, and mix until smooth. Add whipping cream and vanilla. Beat for about 3 minutes. Frost cupcakes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 154Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 13mgSodium 95mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 3g

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Esther | The Cuteness February 17, 2016 - 7:06 am

Oh man, these look awesome… too early in the morning for cupcakes? 🙂 Peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite combo ever!

Alli February 17, 2016 - 4:21 pm

It’s never too early for cupcakes. 🙂

Jenn February 17, 2016 - 11:20 am

So many cupcakes to make, so little time. I don’t think I’ve met a cupcake I didn’t like. Bookmarking this recipe to try later. Thanks.

Liz Mays February 17, 2016 - 12:28 pm

I could definitely go for one of these cupcakes right about now. Those flavors are hard to resist!

Jacqui February 17, 2016 - 12:44 pm

It’s as if you don’t want me to keep my weight down! 😉 These look too delicious NOT to make (and I’m definitely forwarding to my friend that’s allergic to eggs).

Mimi Green February 17, 2016 - 12:54 pm

I feel cheated and robbed. All this time I thought eggs were a must. UGH! Like you, I’ve not made cakes because I was out of eggs. I have plenty of eggs at home but I want to try it without. lol

Jenn @ EngineerMommy February 17, 2016 - 12:56 pm

I usually say frosting! Your cupcakes look incredibly delicious! I love the combo of chocolate and peanut butter, so these cupcakes are right up my alley!

Erika February 17, 2016 - 3:21 pm

These sound delicious. I love peanut butter so the frosting sounds really great.

Shirley Wood February 17, 2016 - 3:44 pm

Chocolate and peanut butter are a favorite combination of mine. I’m certain the children never realized there were no eggs in the mix while they enjoyed their treat in Sunday School. I’ve been trying to talk myself into making some cupcakes for a couple of weeks now and all of these beautiful pics may have pushed me over the edge!

Alli February 17, 2016 - 4:18 pm

The adults didn’t even realize it. I’m shocked that it tasted as good (or better) than if I had added the eggs. Crazy!

Megan Elford February 17, 2016 - 4:25 pm

Oh my goodness, you just made my day! And it’s not because of these delicious looking cupcakes, lol! I had no idea you could make a box mix without eggs. Thanks to your unexpected experiment, now I know! That knowledge will come in very handy one day, guaranteed!

Alli February 18, 2016 - 8:47 am

I thoroughly enjoyed your Reasons Why Moms Should Get Dressed Each Morning! Great read!

coolchillmom February 17, 2016 - 4:53 pm

Oh yum, cupcakes really make us happy around here. Chocolate with Peanut butter frosting is such a perfect combination!

Stephen Parry February 17, 2016 - 10:28 pm

You had me at peanut butter! These cupcakes look delicious – have to try this recipe out 🙂

ricci February 17, 2016 - 10:54 pm

Your cupcakes are so pretty and I bet they taste amazing too!! I have been obsessed with anything chocolate lately!!

Alli February 18, 2016 - 8:44 am

I was born addicted to chocolate. 🙂

Stacey February 17, 2016 - 11:47 pm

Peanut butter is my weakness, I eat it by the spoonfulls! These looks amazing!

Alli February 18, 2016 - 8:43 am

Me, too! My son always tells me that he can’t believe I can eat peanut butter all by itself. Yes, I can!

rika February 18, 2016 - 2:05 am

I love your recipes, always fun and creative! The chocolate cupcakes look delicious

Alli February 18, 2016 - 8:43 am

Thanks, Rika! I love everything about your blog!

April Decheine February 18, 2016 - 7:27 am

These all look so delicious! I have not had a cupcake in so long, my kids loved them when they were growing up.

Alli February 18, 2016 - 8:42 am

Cupcakes help me with portion control. 🙂

Kristen from The Road to Domestication February 18, 2016 - 8:38 am

Oh goodness, is it okay to eat cupcakes at 8:30 in the morning? I submit that it certainly is…

Alli February 18, 2016 - 8:42 am

When you’re preggo with twins, you can eat cupcakes any time! I’m so excited for you!

zan February 18, 2016 - 4:47 pm

Once upon a time, I too, wanted nothing to do with a box cake! I felt that they lacked something. But now, I tend to have a few boxes in the pantry for when we need something quick. Last night, I used one to make some chocolate cake. As much as I try to have eggs in the fridge at all times, I am sure there were times when I did not make a box cake because I had no eggs. I had no idea you could leave the eggs out. That is good to know because I am always bummed out that I have to use 3 eggs for one little box of mix. I am glad you did not have to remake the cakes and they turned out just fine and even better. Next time, I am saving my eggs and trying them using this strategy and even adding some vanilla.

Nicole February 18, 2016 - 9:04 pm

I try not to make/keep cupcakes in the house because we have a bit of a control issue !! lol These look so delicious, now that I think of it, I say both frosting AND icing!

John Lopez February 18, 2016 - 9:39 pm

Peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite combination he reminds me of rhesus peanut butter cups. Sounds like a wonderful treat I would love to try this.

Wildish Jess February 19, 2016 - 1:17 am

Perfect for when you’re craving a reese’s! lol

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