What’s the Project? If you love chocolate and peanut butter as much as most people, these Reese’s cupcakes are going to blow your mind! A chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting…with a Reese’s peanut butter cup inside! These are a huge crowd pleaser.
It’s no secret to anyone that knows me that I love peanut butter and chocolate. It’s actually always been a fear of mine that I would end up with a kid with a severe peanut allergy bad enough that we would have to ban peanuts from our house. What would we do then?!?! Luckily that hasn’t happened so far. (I feel for those of you who have had to do that.)
I also like to bake. A lot. So, put those two together and forget about it. I have a lot of recipes that involve the PB/chocolate combo (ice cream cake, cookies…) But I wanted to try something new…my own creation of sorts.
I give you…PB & Chocolate Reese’s Cupcakes. Guess what? You can’t see it here, but there’s a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup inside!
The basic cupcake recipe on this can’t be beat. I recently discovered it (tweaked it only slightly) and have been using it for cakes and cupcakes of all varieties ever since. It’s perfect and it’s easy. To me it’s better than made from scratch. Here it is:
Reese’s Cupcake Recipe:
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Cupcakes
- 1 Devil's Food Cake Mix1 box 5.9 oz chocolate pudding1 C sour cream (I use low fat)1 C oil (just made up for that low fat huh?)4 eggs1/2 C water2 teaspoons vanillaReese's Peanut Butter cups
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all of those ingredients with a mixer. This batter will be quite thick-much thicker than typical cake batter. Scoop into 24 cupcake paper lined muffin tins.Unwrap mini Reese's, push one in to each cupcake batter portion.Bake for 18 minutes. I don't bake them a minute longer than that. At 18 minutes they are just barely done. I like them very soft and moist. If yours don't appear done let them go a minute or two longer but try to pull them out when they are barely done.
Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups powdered sugar
5 teaspoons milk
I usually just use a ziploc bag to pipe the frosting on because I like to be able to throw it away when I am done. Fill the bag, snip a corner off and pipe. I also melted some chocolate chips, threw in some butter and then drizzled a little chocolate on top.
Stick a Reese’s on top for extra flair. Sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Do you prepare the pudding, or just use the powder
Just the powder.
Tonya Blumenshine says
These are sooooo good. This recipe has become my go-to recipe. Thank you so much for sharing. I also have also used the same cupcake recipe but I put an Almond Joy inside and then I found a recipe for coconut butter cream that I use for the frosting on those ones. You could do so many different variations of this. I love, love, love it.
Good idea! Glad you like the recipe!
Brandy Connors says
I first made these cupcakes about 4-years
ago – they are absolutely amazing! This is
my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe.
okay. With the pudding and Devils food cake batter, do I add the ingredients that would regularly go in both of those? or just the powder? for example, do I add the 3 eggs, oil, and water that the Devils food calls for on the back in addition to the rest of your recipe? or just the powder and the rest of your recipe?
Just the powder and then follow the directions in my recipe for the rest.
Shea S says
Hi! I love this recipe, but I need to make a birthday cake, so I was wondering what you would recommend for a bake time? Would it still be 18 minutes? I will be using 2, 9 inch circle pans.
It’s longer-more like 25 minutes I think. Watch it and when you can touch it and it springs back it is ready.
Luv all that I have read,can’t wait to try them!
the chocolate pudding mix: instant or regular?
butter: real butter unsalted or with salt? or can I use Country Crock?
Thank you for sharing this recipe. I make cupcakes every week for my husband to take to work. I think the guys are gonna LOVE these!
Instant. Butter I use Salted, but I would use butter, not any substitutes.
Do you use regular sour cream?:) or what kind and do you think I can use pilsbury cake mix
Imactually usually use low fat and yes you can use pilsbury for sure
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Hello and thanks!!!
Want to make these ! One question, do you use instant pudding or cook pudding?
Bev Weaver says
I am going to make these for our OSPCA cupcake fund raiser.
Which end of the peanut cup did you set in. The large top part or the smaller round bottom? Not sure if either way will make a difference but not sure. Also should they not touch the bottom of the cupcake?
Right side up…so the larger part is on top
Akemi Heyl says
When do you put the Reese’s in the cupacake
Before you bake
Heather Hicks says
Should these be refrigerated if you are taking them somewhere the next day?
I don’t refrigerate, I just put them in an airtight container. They’re actually even better the second day if you do that! 🙂
I have made these a few times and every time I make them I get so many compliments on how amazing they are! This is my go-to cupcake recipe!
Joann Mattison says
Hi Amber I am planning on making these cupcakes and have seen other reese cupcake recipes that tell you to freeze the peanut butter cups so they don’t melt completely. Your recipe didn’t say to do that so I was just wondering if it matters.
I never do and haven’t had a problem.
VA mom says
Just made these for my daughter’s Birthday to take to her game and give out to her team. YUMMMMMY and even better fresh out of the oven and without the frosting….
Marilyn O'Connell says
I have always found that 1 c applesauce can be substituted for 1 c oil and you will never notice the difference. 100 calories compared to 800 calories! I do this in my carrot cake also after having used oil for years. No one realized it. It makes it just as moist. Try it sometime!
Couple of things. The recipe says to put the pbutter cup in the batter and not on top as the picture shows. Had to cook a little longer and with the frosting have to add a little more milk or it was too dry and would not spread/swirl on the cupcake. Enjoyed them thoroughly!
There is a PB cup inside too. I just put one on top also.
you didn’t list the pb cups in the list of ingredients. you might want to fix that. and also mention that you can garnish with another pb cup on top to avoid confusion.
First of all, you’re the coolest. Second of all, I pinned this cupcake before we were “real” friends. When I referred back to it and saw that it was your recipe? Insta-fav! Thanks so much for sharing!
Also, I just used your cake and featured it on my site – check it out!
I saw that! That’s awesome!
Yum! How did you know that Reese’s peanut butter cups are my favorite!?!?! 😉
Mmmm, I just made some cookies with them today that turned out amazing! I’ll have to put them up soon too!
Thanks for this awesome recipe!! I made it about a month ago and waited to share with my readers until I could trace it back to you to you with a link. These were a big hit! Especially with my 14 year old and his friend…went to bed with a dozen left and woke up to 4 remaining cupcakes! “Not me!” ate them of course!! Thanks again!
Mmm, they’re so yummy aren’t they!
Krithia Blaker says
Oh My Goodness. Will have to try these. They look and sound scrummy. x
I made these for my dear boyfriend’s birthday (HE FREAKING LOVES REESES). He was so excited when i told him about this recipe…he was EVEN MORE excited when he actually ate one…followed by many…here are my problems with the recipe
1.) the batter is SUPER thick…it burned out my hand mixer…granted it was a $6.50 handmixer, but still….daaaaang.
2.) the frosting was WAAAY thick too! it was super tasty and i feel like i may have done something wrong, but i couldn’t even pipe the frosting out of a bag. it was so thick it wouldn’t budge…i even added more milk to try and thin it out a bit…maybe that made things worse? i don’t know. any suggestions on what i could do next time to make it a little easier to pipe?
Yes, just add more milk. Maybe make the butter a little melted too if needed in the frosting.
I am making these right now in a jumbo cupcake cake pan and it is not getting done in the center. I know they are to be moist, but it is like pudding in the middle after 30 min. Should I have altered the recipe for a cake vs cupcakes? Help.
Yes, I have done it as a cake and had to cook it quite a bit longer-I can’t remember what I did but about double I think?
Can I use a smaller box of pudding? just realized I don’t have the 5.9 oz box but have the 3.9 oz box.
I think so?
Oh my! Those sound amazing!!! Shared on Facebook. 🙂
I followed your recipe exactly and they turned out absolutely PERFECT! 18 minutes is definitely the magic number. I’ve never had cupcakes turn out so moist before. Delish!
Thanks for sharing!
Is the 1 cup of oil correct? That just seems like a lot of oil, especially with the pudding and sour cream……..Just asking because I wanted to make them this weekend! Thanks!
Yes, it’s correct. These things aren’t good for you but they taste great! 🙂
Thanks, Amber, for the quick reply! I wanted to try to make these today for my son-in-laws birthday tomorrow……he LOVES Reece cups (who doesn’t?) so these are a must-make!!
I made these for a Super Bowl party yesterday and they were amazing! Everyone said that they were the best cupcakes that they have ever tried! Thank you for such an awesome recipe. If I knew how to post pictures here I would.
Happy to hear that! 🙂
Joanne Boyer says
I made these today for part of Thanksgiving dessert they are amazing! Thanks for sharing
Ali B :) says
WOW! I made the cupcake recipe with my own peanut butter frosting for my sister’s (who is a Reese’s freak) sweet 16 party and they were a hit! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂
Yay! They’re so good huh?
Thanks for these. I made them for a bake sale and they went over very well! I think next time I’d look for a peanut butter filling instead of the Reeses cups… the chocolate on the outside was a bit chewy. Total nitpicking though, these are quite yummy!
I’m also thinking I’d try a version of these with Rolo candies inside and a salted caramel frosting!
I am going to post a recipe for rolo cookie soon that is AMAZING!
OMG! These look so good I can’t wait to make them.
Wow can’t wait to give these a try.
These looks so good. I just found your blog and I am pinning every post – I want to try everything.
These have me drooling all over the keyboard!
Thank you for linking up this fabulous project!!!
Your project is featured this week !!!!
This week’s Linky Party is up!!!! http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/you-inspire-linky-party_28.html
I hope you will stop by an link up another lovely project..
This has to be the best thing I have heard all month! I live in Germany and we don’t have Reeses, but they must be amazing! I have amazing friends though and some amazing bloggers are sending me Reeses and I can’t wait to try them. I might try out this recipe when they are here.
These look fantastic
Really mouth-watering cupcakes!!
Mama Jodi says
These look delicious. Great pictures too. Thanks for sharing.
Love your project!!!
I currently have a Craft, Create and Inspire linky party going on, i would love you to stop by and link up this project…
Michelles Tasty Creations says
I followed you over from Somewhat Simple’s Link Party and these look amazing!
I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. (Link up until Monday 4-23-12)
Have a great day,
Shannon MadiganMade says
These look soooo good! I’m drooling over here! 🙂
Looks yummy! I pinned it to try later! Thanks for sharing.
Little Becky Homecky says
OMG YUM!! I would love you to link it up to Fantabulous Friday going on now!
These look so yummy! I love anything with chocolate and peanut butter in it! 🙂 I would love for you to share this at my link party
Holly Wagasky says
Yum! This looks delicious! Found you on the linky party! I too LOVE PB and chocolate together. Can’t be beat! I am gonna make these!
Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com says
Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party and would love for you to share this!
Mindie Hilton says
Those look terrific!
I love the idea that these cupcakes have peanut butter cups inside! I have always been afraid that my kids will have peanut allergies too, it would be hard to go without peanuts. I would love if you would share this and any other posts at Showcase Your Talent Thursday http://whatscookinglove.blogspot.com/2012/04/showcase-your-talent-thursday-3.html. I hope to see you there!
Amber's Snippets of Design says
YUM!!! This looks so good I pinned it!
Thanks for sharing!
Alison @ Oopsey Daisy says
Oh wow, this look delicious (and slightly dangerous!)
Came over from a link party (already forgot which one, akk!) love the idea, sounds so delicious!
Yum! These look beautiful and I bet they taste great. 🙂
OMG chocolate overload oh how yummy
You can’t just make these and not share with me… that’s just cruel! hehe
Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! xoxo
Oh my….I think I am gaining weight just looking at them. Yum. Coming over from Sugar Bee Link ups. Off to look around. 🙂
DIAnna Pavich says
How much batter do u put in eqch cupcake liner, so the recee cup don’t stick to the bottom please
Fill them about 2/3 full.
I LOVE peanut butter anything and these look amazing. I’d love for you to link up to my Swing into Spring party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there.
Heather Kinnaird says
Oh my YUM!
Sarah McK says
This look fabulous! Can’t wait to make some! And, for the record, you don’t have to ban completely as long as everyone is careful about it and the kid in question is precious like Laura. 🙂 You can’t make treats really, b/c that would be sad for them, but I had many a PB waffle growing up.
Jenny @ The NY Melrose Family says
These look absolutely fabulous. I’d love it if you’d share these at Whimsy Wednesdays! We go live Tuesday night at 8 EST.