Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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. Recently, 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! Marilyn has such a way with kids! It’s almost magical.

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.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Helpful Hint: I add a teaspoon or two 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.

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. They didn’t fall apart. Actually, they were perfect. Go ahead and leave those eggs out. I’ll never tell!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Helpful Hint: I made sure none of the children had peanut allergies before making the peanut butter frosting.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Yield: 24 cupcakes
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 vanilla
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp.
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Place cupcake liners in tins and preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Mix cake mix according to directions on box.
  3. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full of batter.
  4. After baking according to package directions, let cool to room temperature.
  5. Frosting:
  6. With mixer, mix together butter and peanut butter until smooth.
  7. Add powdered sugar, a little at a time, and mix until smooth.
  8. Add whipping cream and vanilla.
  9. Beat for about 3 minutes.
  10. Frost cupcakes.
Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 154 Total Fat 10g Saturated Fat 4g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 5g Cholesterol 13mg Sodium 95mg Carbohydrates 14g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 1g Sugar 11g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 3g

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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).

  5. 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

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

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


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