• 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup natural, creamy peanut butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 8oz package cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

I was super excited for Halloween this year for several reasons: Romain and I would be in the same country, it would be warm enough to go outside, I had lots of great baking ideas, and I had a Halloween work party lined up. Normally, I hate wasting money on cheap poorly made Halloween costumes, but this year since I had a place to go, I decided to give in. I literally regretted handing over my debit card as I paid for my overpriced nonrefundable cupcake costume, if you can even call it that. It’s more of a really short colorful dress with a felt cupcake sewn on. I was definitely not going for the sexy cupcake look, but that’s all they really offer these days for women’s costumes. I still thought it was a clever idea to go as a cupcake with a tray of delicious candy inspired cupcakes to my work party.

So I set to work in the kitchen. After staring at the jar of mini chocolate candies on my countertop, I decided on making Reeses cupcakes. I contemplated making peanut butter cupcakes with chocolate frosting or chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting, but I really wanted to taste both flavors of cake so I decided to combine both flavors into one cupcake, I just ordered Martha Stuart’s Cupcakes cookbook and was so excited to try her Peanut Butter Cupcake recipe. It was a perfect pair for my tried and true chocolate cake recipe. I baked the cupcakes with a frozen peanut butter cup in the center and topped them off with a delicious peanut butter frosting. Since I made full batches of both batters, I ended up with close to 50 cupcakes. I was so tired  once I had baked them all that I went to bed and left the frosting for the next day.

After all of my baking efforts for the upcoming Halloween party, I find out the next day that it has been canceled. Boo!!!

I was pretty upset that I never got to wear my costume, but at least I had lots of delicious cupcakes to cheer me up. Everything worked out in the end because I my 2 German friends, Franzi and Elisa, that were visiting at the time assisted me with frosting and decorating. And of course, all of my amazing colleagues assisted with eating all of the cupcakes. Best of all, I already have a costume ready for next year.


For the peanut butter cupcake batter,

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cream butter, peanut butter and sugar with a  standmixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.
  2. Reduce speed to low. Mix remaining wet ingredients in a bowl. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with wet ingredients and ending with dry

For the chocolate batter,

In large bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center.
Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Batter will be thin.

Fill each cupcake liner with a scoop of peanut butter batter, followed by a frozen peanut butter cup, followed by chocolate batter.

Bake for about 20 minutes until tooth pick comes out clean or 10 minutes in a cupcake maker.

For the frosting, beat all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. The frosting is a bit runny so although it tastes great, it’s not ideal for piping.

Decorate with halloween sprinkles and chopped up Reeses.








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