Tomorrow is a coworker’s birthday. She asked me to bring chocolate cupcakes. Too boring for me, so I had to get fancy.
These are fun, rich, and look fancy!
Reese’s Cupcakes (yields 24 cupcakes)
The cupcake base is the Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake. It’s right on the back of the cocoa box. I have made them a couple times here and here. Aaaannnnnd I just realized I didn’t post the actual recipe either time so here it is:
Chocolate Cupcakes – adapted from Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water
(I know it’s a lot of ingredients but it’s easy – I promise!)
1. Preheat oven to 350*. Mix together all dry ingredients in a large bowl (or stand mixer bowl).
2. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
3. Carefully add boiling water and mix in thoroughly by hand. (If you try to use the stand mixer, water will splash everywhere. Trust me. Don’t do it.) Batter will be very thin.
4. Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 the way. Bake for 11 minutes. While they are baking, start unwrapping miniature Reese’s cups.
5. After 11 minutes, remove the cupcake pans from the oven. Carefully press a Reese’s cup into the top of each cupcake and return to the oven. Bake for another 11 minutes.
6. Let cool completely before making the frosting.
Some of the cups sank lower than others for the second half of baking…
By the way, how cute are these liners? They are the only non-super-girly liners I could find with orange on them. I felt like orange was necessary because, hello – Reese’s!
Now on to the good stuff….
Peanut Butter Frosting
1 lb powdered sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
3 tbsp milk + 2 tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla
1. Put powdered sugar in the bowl first. Cut up the butter into small slices or chunks, and spread out on top of the powdered sugar. Add peanut butter, vanilla, and 3 tbsp of the milk to the bowl. (I know this sounds silly, but putting the powdered sugar on the bottom helps the other ingredients incorporate better.)
2. Mix on low until powdered sugar is incorporated and will no longer fly across the kitchen. Beat on medium speed until frosting is smooth. Add the remaining 2 tbsp of milk one at a time until fully incorporated.
I frosted my cupcakes with a large closed star tip. It doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to cover the secret Reese’s cup inside the cupcake. Top with other Reese’s cup and ta-da!
These cupcakes are super rich and SO dreamy with the peanut butter frosting. How have I never made peanut butter frosting before?!