Peanut Butter Cupcakes – Sugar Spun Run

My Peanut Butter Cupcakes are fastidiously designed to be completely moist and fluffy. We’ll high them off with a swirled chocolate peanut butter icing that’s surprisingly simple to make! Recipe features a how-to video.

Peanut butter cupcake topped with a swirled chocolate peanut butter frosting.

The Prettiest Peanut Butter Cupcakes

I’m so excited to be sharing these peanut butter cupcakes with you at present! This carefully-tested recipe was meticulously designed to yield gentle and fluffy, flavorful and moist cupcakes that completely soften in your mouth. They’re topped with a stupendous (however simple!) swirl of chocolate peanut butter frosting that enhances the cake completely. For those who’re a chocolate & peanut butter fan, you’re simply going to love these.

With its wealthy, creamy texture, it’s possible you’ll be stunned to search out out that peanut butter is definitely very drying and may be fairly troublesome to bake with. In consequence, perfecting this recipe was fairly a problem, particularly since peanut butter could make issues extra dense as properly, and I wished these to be gentle and fluffy (even lighter than my peanut butter chocolate chip muffins). A number of tweaking and testing occurred earlier than this one was able to share, however we lastly nailed it!

Why you must strive my recipe:

  • Tremendous moist, thanks to some fastidiously chosen substances.
  • Makes 24 cupcakes–nice for events!
  • Spectacular two-tone frosting swirl (that’s truly tremendous simple to do!).
  • Simple: no creaming butter, sifting flour, or whipping eggs.

What You Want

Overhead view of ingredients including cake flour, peanut butter, cocoa powder, sour cream, and more.

Don’t be overwhelmed by every little thing up there–these peanut butter cupcakes are very simple to make. Simply be sure to pay shut consideration to the next substances:

  • Peanut butter. Use “common” creamy peanut butter and never the pure form that separates. For those who just like the crunch, you could possibly use crunchy peanut butter within the cupcakes themselves, however I don’t suggest it for the frosting.
  • Cake flour. Utilizing cake flour helps us obtain a lightweight and fluffy texture whereas nonetheless incorporating peanut butter within the batter. All-purpose flour may yield a extra dense consequence, which I actively wished to keep away from.
  • Bitter cream. Bitter cream provides taste and moisture (a word taken from my yellow cake). Full-fat greek yogurt will even work!
  • Milk. Milk helps lighten the cupcakes and retains them from being too dense. I favor to bake with complete milk and suggest it right here for greatest outcomes.
  • Cocoa powder. I like utilizing pure cocoa powder right here, however you could possibly use Dutch course of cocoa powder as an alternative. The flavour will probably be extra intense in case you do.

SAM’S TIP: The swirled frosting could look difficult, however the preparation is definitely quite simple. It’s additionally irresistibly tasty (jogs my memory of peanut butter buckeyes). Be aware: This recipe makes a good bit of frosting so you might have sufficient to make good swirls on every cupcake.

Bear in mind, that is simply an summary of the substances I used and why. For the total recipe please scroll all the way down to the underside of the publish!

Find out how to Make Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Collage of four photos showing cupcake batter being prepared, poured into liners, and baked.
  1. Mix the dry substances – Whisk collectively the dry substances and sugar in a bowl, then stir within the melted butter and oil.
  2. Add the moist substances – Add the peanut butter, then stir within the eggs, vanilla, and bitter cream till properly mixed. Slowly drizzle within the milk and stir till the batter is uniform.
  3. Bake – Divide the batter right into a 12-count muffin pan and bake for 22-24 minutes at 350F. Use the toothpick take a look at to ensure your cupcakes are completed, and do NOT over-bake!
  4. Cool earlier than frosting – Let the cupcakes cool of their pan for five minutes earlier than transferring to a cooling rack to chill fully.
Collage of four photos showing two types of frosting being prepared and swirled together on top of cupcakes.
  1. Make the peanut butter frosting – Put together the peanut butter frosting till clean and creamy, then divide half the frosting right into a piping bag.
  2. Make the chocolate frosting – Add cocoa powder to the remaining frosting and blend till included. Place this frosting in a piping bag as properly.
  3. Create the swirl – Trim the ends and put each piping luggage into a bigger piping bag fitted with a big closed star tip.
  4. Frost and luxuriate in! Pipe the frosting onto your cooled cupcakes.

SAM’S TIP: Your cupcakes are completed when a toothpick inserted within the heart comes out clear or (ideally) with just a few moist crumbs. The cracks on high of the cupcakes may nonetheless look underdone at this level, but when your toothpick exhibits the cupcakes are prepared, take them out. For those who depart them in too lengthy, your cupcakes will probably be dry and crumbly.

Cupcake topped with a swirled chocolate peanut butter icing that's been bitten into.

Steadily Requested Questions

Why are my cupcakes dry?

My recipe is fastidiously designed to be moist and lightweight, however sadly this received’t matter a lot in case you over-bake your cupcakes! That is the worst offense with this recipe (with most muffins, actually) and is the highest trigger for dry cupcakes.

Including an excessive amount of flour or utilizing a “pure” peanut butter may trigger your cupcakes to be dry.

How do I make peanut butter cupcakes with out bitter cream?

For those who’re fearful concerning the taste, I can guarantee you that including bitter cream to your cupcake batter received’t make it style like bitter cream. As a substitute, it should make your cupcakes extra flavorful and tender, and it’ll additionally make them extra moist.

For those who can’t discover bitter cream the place you reside, full-fat Greek yogurt will even work. However I don’t suggest leaving this ingredient out completely.

Swirled chocolate peanut butter frosted cupcakes on a cooling rack.

You need to use this swirled frosting approach with most of my different frostings too (so long as they’re of an identical thickness). Vanilla frosting and strawberry frosting can be so fairly collectively!

Get pleasure from!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video under! For those who do that recipe, make sure to tag me on Instagram, and it’s also possible to discover me on YouTube and Facebook

Peanut butter cupcake topped with a swirled chocolate peanut butter frosting.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

My peanut butter cupcakes are fastidiously designed to be completely moist and fluffy. We’ll high them off with a swirled chocolate peanut butter icing that’s surprisingly simple to make!Recipe features a how-to video!


Course: cupcakes, Dessert

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Prepare dinner Time: 22 minutes

Whole Time: 1 hour 2 minutes

Servings: 24 cupcakes

Energy: 549kcal


Peanut Butter & Chocolate Frosting

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  • Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and line two 12-count cupcake tins with paper liners. Put aside.

  • In a big mixing bowl, whisk collectively flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  • Add melted butter and oil and use an electrical mixer to stir till all flour is moistened.

  • Stir in peanut butter.

  • Add eggs, vanilla extract and bitter cream and stir till totally mixed.

  • Slowly drizzle in milk and stir till fully mixed and batter is clean and uniform.

  • Evenly divide batter into ready cupcake tin.

  • Switch to heart rack of 350F (175C) oven (I solely bake one tray at a time) and bake for 22-24 minutes or till a toothpick inserted within the heart comes out clear or (ideally) with moist crumbs. Cupcake surfaces will crack, the cracks should still seem moist when the cupcakes are completed baking. Don’t over-bake or cupcakes will probably be dry and crumbly.

  • Enable cupcakes to chill in pan for five minutes earlier than gently, fastidiously eradicating to a cooling rack to chill fully earlier than frosting.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirled Frosting & Adorning

  • Mix butter, peanut butter, vanilla extract and salt and stir till clean and creamy.

  • Steadily add powdered sugar till fully mixed. Skinny frosting as wanted by including milk, one tablespoon at a time, till clean and creamy.

  • Measure out roughly half of the frosting right into a disposable piping bag and put aside.

  • Add cocoa powder to remaining half of frosting and stir till fully mixed. If wanted, skinny the frosting with further milk.

  • Switch chocolate frosting to a different piping bag. Snip the ends off each frosting luggage and place in a further piping bag that’s been fitted with a big closed star piping tip (I exploit Ateco 848) collectively. Pipe swirled frosting onto cupcakes (word that the primary bit you pipe might not be swirled however as each frostings work their method by way of you’ll get a pleasant swirl!).


Peanut butter

I like to recommend basic creamy peanut butter for this recipe. Pure peanut butter received’t work as properly and can negatively alter the feel of each the cupcake and the frosting.


Retailer in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 48 hours or in an hermetic container within the fridge for as much as 4 days.


Serving: 1cupcake | Energy: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 9g | Fats: 34g | Saturated Fats: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 4g | Monounsaturated Fats: 12g | Trans Fats: 1g | Ldl cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 624IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg

Dietary info relies on third-party calculations and must be thought-about an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will differ based mostly upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking technique, portion sizes, and extra.