Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting.
Big, big problem here.
Someone made frosting that tastes like chocolate cheesecake. Ugh. This is just great.
Someone who… has quite the fixation with cheesecake. Someone who started eating the frosting and the cupcakes and the sprinkles and sixteen more spoonfuls of frosting and didn’t take a solitary photograph until multiple cupcakes were consumed. Someone who completely forgot about even snapping one shot until the next day.
Someone is in trouble. And someone needs a life. Only so much chocolate cheesecake frosting can be consumed in 13 minutes. And it’s still not enough.
The worst part is that the cupcakes are pretty darn scrumptious too. The general consensus from the taste testers? Cupcakes that taste like Girl Scout Tagalongs.
Sweet. Someone doesn’t hate it.
Especially when one of those testers stacked together a double cheeseburger and topped it with salty, grilled kielbasa yesterday then claimed that he “didn’t want to waste the calories” from the vanilla ice cream offering I presented. Innnnnteresting. Instead he asked, “what about those peanut butter cupcakes you made last week?” Now that I can handle. Even if he did plan on stuffing one in his I’m-asking-for-a-heart-attack burger.
Peanut Butter Cupcakes
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 whole eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3/4 cup peanut butter chips/morsels
Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 block cream cheese (8 ounces), softened
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1-2 tablespoons milk, if needed
Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream butter and peanut butter together in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and eggs and beat together until fluffy. Add vanilla and mix for another minute or so.
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Add the milk. Once mixed, add remaining dry ingredients. Fold in peanut butter morsels.
Pour into cupcake tins and fill 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350. Let cool, then frost.
Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add in vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and add cocoa powder, increasing the speed to mix. If the frosting it a bit too thick, add milk 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. If it is too thin, add additional sugar gradually. Frost cupcakes once cooled. Top with chocolate sprinkles.
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P.S I topped fresh strawberry cupcakes with this frosting. Mmmmm. I thought I died.
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186 Comments on “Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting.”
I would have been happy with the peanut butter cupcakes with plain old chocolate frosting….but add the cheesecake element, and I am completely sold!
By the way, I don’t think I’ve commented since the new design, but I love it!! :)
Did I pick the right day to stop in for a visit… YUM! What a way to wake up on Monday Morning! YUM YUM YUM!
YUM YUM YUM….
I would want to make a tub of this frosting and just eat it as is…
PS – love the new design!
Um, so my family totally blew through a batch of your homemade funfetti cupcakes this weekend … Luckily these lovelies appeared so that we don’t have to go into cupcake withdrawal… Gosh these look sinful!
I LOVE cheesecake anything. It’s probably why I put cream cheese in so many things beyond desserts. I cannot wait to try these! I love whoever came up with this frosting ;-)
I think I’m in love with this frosting before ever even trying it! and I really like your idea of putting it on strawberry cupcakes
So great meeting you this weekend!
Thanks girl! Great meeting you too. :)
Oh my, chocolate cream cheese frosting sounds AMAZING!
Despite my loathing of cream cheese, I LOVE cheesecake (it doesn’t matter that it makes no sense). And I’m totally drooling right now at the prospect of making these…
Oh my gosh. If I make those I’ll probably never leave my kitchen again. Ever.
Love the new layout!
chocolate cheesecake frosting? for real? like i can’t believe that’s a real invention.
my stomach is growling now, thanks.
OMG! I have to make these for my husband. He will flip. He won’t be able to go all “no, I’ll just eat my weight watchers ice cream, thank you.” Awesome.
I will most definitely be making these Saturday afternoon to celebrate my and my husband’s first half marathon. :) Besides, we’ll have the pre-calorie burn going on which means we can eat more cupcakes! haha
Good luck to him!
No luck for moi? I see how it is. :(
Ah – so sorry Kathy! I read your first comment as “his first half marathon!” I apologize. GOOD LUCK TO YOU!! :)
It’s okay, Jessica…I understand you’re probably under the influence of those cupcakes, so mistakes are expected. haha Thanks for the luck! And all of your awesomely foodgasmic recipes!!
I love chocolate cream cheese frosting! And on peanut butter cupcakes? Yum!
Divine! Love the frosting!
right when i opened your page…i go “oh shiiiiiit…” looks so good!
The frosting to cake ration looks perfect. I would love some chocolate cheesecake on top of my peanut butter cake. Yum! I may be in trouble too.
Those sound & look freakin’ awesome!! Cheesecake, PB & chocolate —- seriously can you add any more amazing combos into one dessert?? ….I have a feeling that if anyone could, it’d be you :-)
Soooo pretty! Nom Nom Nom!
MMM….best frosting idea ever.
And…I hate to say this, but I think your husband might need his own cookbook. I can think of quite a few people who would go for a kielbasa topped burger.
heh heh…just kidding. I wouldn’t eat something like that…*off to check my fridge for kielbasa for NO REASON*
Wow. These sound amazing.
While I’m not that into plain old cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake is another story. And so is peanut butter. Thanks for sharing this recipe. :)
Oh dear. You just combined far too many of my vices into one dessert. I need to make these stat.
Can I just say thank you for providing us with delicious recipes that actually involve normal, everyday ingredients? I plan to go home and make these tonight without having to take a trip to the grocery store! Last week I dominated your Lemonade Cupcakes and Avocado Strawberry Salsa (I subbed the avocado with cucumber. I’m sorry. I just can’t force avocado down my throat… texture issues). I love them all so please keep them coming!
You make dessert look like something I want… I never want it… i’m a freak of flipping nature — but you awaken my love for cupcakes, cakes, brownies and just the overall beauty of sugar. Just sayin’ <3
Once again you have combined some of my favorites into one scrumptious dessert. This is why I love your website, and your creativity. Always gives me great ideas!
Oh gosh! I may be late but I love the new blog layout!! haha I almost thought I was on the wrong site at first. cheesecake frosting sounds too delicious and too sinful. :P
I’m in love! These are my dream. Cheesecake ice cream??? Swooooon!
WELCOME BACK!! If you have any left-over sweets this week/wknd send them my way. Monday is the official start to contest prep. lol. Also, I am dying to see the new hair.
Um… wow? Yum? NEED?
Your blog looks awesome, by the way… as do your photos (and recipe!). :)
You just HAD to say tagalongs! I am in complete torture looking at these photos in the office! (Perhaps I should get back to work;)
I’ll take one bucket of that frosting, please.
I would love to indulge in these… right now.
I just need one…can you just give me one… pretty pleasssse! :)
These would taste so nice while watching the bachlorette tonight. They look so yummy!
Oh my gosh, the chocolate cheesecake frosting looks divine! I didn’t even like frosting very much until last week when I made salted caramel buttercream. I ate SO much frosting, there was barely enough for the cupcakes! I have a feeling that’s what would happen if I made these. :)
oh goodness gracious, im drooling all over my keyboard right now
Um…you had me at Girl Scout Tagalongs…my favs! Wish I didn’t commit to not consuming sweets, otherwise I would have to make these tonight.
Totally making a mini version of these for my sis in laws shower tomorrow!! Perfect timing. She loves PB + chocolate, so I’m going to use choco chips. I’m also making a pnut butter chocolate fondue for dipping and will try to make vanilla GF cupcakes. :)
Oh dear, I see your problem for sure. These look and sound divine. I do believe these need to be added to the list of things to make. Thanks for being brilliant!
Wow! Chocolate cheesecake frosting. I need some of this now!
Chocolate + Peanut Butter. Obviously they go together like Sonny and Cher. However…what about chocolate cupcakes with PB cheesecake icing?? you think that icing would work??
I love you.
sweet! my hips will not forgive me for making this, but this recipe is just begging to be made. Thanks for sharing :)
These are like mini pieces of heaven. I think its time to go make a mess in the kitchen…
These look amazing!!!! Chocolate, peanut butter, cheesecake…I may have died and gone to heaven!
Just wanted to say that I LOVE the look of the new design!
Oh my gosh. Officially the best cupcakes ever. I must consume these
I love you. I can’t wait to make these. :-)
Love it! You make the most amazing cupcakes.
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