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Gabby's Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Cupcakes

Gabby's Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream CupcakesThis is my granddaughter Gabrielle's recipe for her scrumptious chocolate cupcakes that feature chunks of chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candy inside and out, plus a creamy dreamy homemade peanut butter frosting. (Gabby made the cupcakes in the photograph, and was just 10 years old at the time).

Recipe Ingredients:

Chocolate Cupcakes:
1 (18.25 ounce) package dark chocolate fudge or chocolate cake mix
24 miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped

Peanut Butter Frosting:
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter, any style (Gabby uses natural cream-style)
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons milk (or as needed for desired consistency)

Garnish:
24 miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped for garnish

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Chocolate Cupcakes: Prepare cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes.
  2. Line two muffin pans with 24 cupcake papers. Fill each cup 2/3 full with chocolate cake batter. Top each cupcake with 1 coarsely chopped miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup.
  3. Bake according to package directions for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.
  4. For Peanut Butter Frosting: Beat together powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and enough milk for the proper consistency.
  5. Frost cooled cupcakes and garnish each with 1 coarsely chopped miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 cupcake): 351.9 calories; 34% calories from fat; 14.1g total fat; 3.7mg cholesterol; 279.8mg sodium; 196.9mg potassium; 55.0g carbohydrates; 1.7g fiber; 45.3g sugar; 53.3g net carbs; 5.6g protein.

Recipe and photograph by Hope Pryor; copyright © 1999; property of CooksRecipes.com. See Terms of Use.