Friday, July 29, 2011

Reese's Peanut Butter Cupcake

I made these cupcakes as another sweet treat for my son's birthday last week.  Well, he loved them and so did my husband.   I believe my husband said they were the best cupcakes he's ever eaten.  And HE knows cake.  : )  Actually, It's really not a recipe as much as it's a method.  A very easy method at that.  You can probably do it with any of your favorite mini chocolates.   Reese's PB cups are a family favorite so it was a crowd pleaser even before they came out of the oven.

Box of yellow cake mix (see note)
Can of frosting
3 eggs
1/3 cup of no sugar added applesauce
1 cup of water
18 mini Reese's Peanut Butter cups
Note: you can use any yellow, white or chocolate cake for this recipe.  I like the classic yellow cake.  Of course you always use your scratch cake recipe instead of a box recipe.  I also substituted the applesauce for the oil in the recipe so they are a bit lower in fat.

Mix the cake mix with the water, eggs and applesauce to make the cake batter.  Then put cupcake liners into a muffin pan and fill evenly with the batter.  Next place one mini Reese's cup into each cupcake as shown.

Note:  For a mess free and easy way to get an equal amount of batter into each liner use an ice cream scoop.

 Bake per package instructions. Allow to cool and frost the cupcakes with frosting.

Makes about 18 cupcakes. Enjoy.


  1. Those look delicious and easy! I have some family members who would LOVE these! We're all peanut butter/chocolate fans!

  2. Yum! These sound perfect, I love adding snickers to chocolate cake, Reece's would be awesome too!

  3. These look great!

  4. Peanut Butter Cups are a hit with everyone I think. These look great! And so easy!

  5. So yummy! Great idea. I might pass this to my sis in law. My nephew loves peanut butter.

  6. Reeses peanut butter cups are my favorite and these cupcakes look perfect to me! Great work!

  7. I had this same problem with the mini-cups sinking to the bottom when I made something similar last year for a birthday. No clue how to stop it from sinking, any ideas?

    1. To stop them from sinking- Fill cupcake liners, place in the oven to start baking. Once they start to rise, gently pull out the tray and place it on the oven door. DO NOT completely remove from the oven or you risk them dropping and baking hard. Quickly drop any filling you are using into the batter and place back in the oven to finish baking.

  8. Oh that must be a great surprise biting into one of those and getting a reeses cup! mmmm.... drool...

  9. I adore that reese's in the middle. Awesome job on these cupcakes.

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