At 6PM last night, the last thing on my mind were cupcakes.
Until I looked at this bowl of batter.
After a magical food-and-wine filled weekend, all I wanted was a normal one-course dinner without 3 forks and 2 spoons. Since I was staying near the airport to gain easy access to my flight this morning, I dragged myself to the nearest restaurant and plopped down in the booth.
I ordered, I ate and I even declined the dessert menu because surely nothing was going to taste as incredible as the vanilla bean panna cotta I ate twice this weekend. Then I reached for my wallet.
But all I found in my purse was four lip glosses, a few hair-brush fur balls, makeup removing face wipes and like six hundred unorganized receipts. That does not a wallet make.
Uh… what? I was at dinner alone, in a city I’ve never been, with a fully cleaned plate, a 16-year old going on 12-year old server, and an absence of all credit cards and cash. Surely things could have been worse, but I tend to be a bit of a dramatic snot and began to panic.
So I asked if I could see the dessert menu.
Surprisingly I wasn’t fretting over my wallet… I knew for sure that it was in my hotel room [sitting pretty on this really gross orange leather couch that I’m currently staring at – yeah]… the hotel room that I had to blindly walk four blocks to with a 50+ pound suitcase and two carry on bags after the driver dropped me off at the wrong hotel, then left. You know… that hotel.
I ordered some banana cream pie to go, and when
Justin Bieber my server brought me a square of styrofoam, I asked if he could also bring me some chocolate cheesecake. I needed to be sure to have the Rolls Royce of dessert take-out considering this was my only plan for collateral. After getting the check, I looked him straight in the eye and was all, “I know you don’t believe me but I seriously left my wallet in my hotel room. You can search me, search my purse, keep my dessert, just please let me run over and get it, and I promise I’ll be back with a big tip for you.”
He just sort of stared at me.
I left. I ran. I demagnetized my seventh (not even exaggerating) hotel key of the weekend and got an eighth, grabbed my wallet from it’s orange perch, ran back, paid his wide eyes since he assumed I was a goner, then came back to my hotel with two giant containers of dessert. I opened the boxes to see two stereotypical I-pulled-these-out-of-the-freezer-three-hours-ago-and-defrosted-them-next-to-the-frozen-chicken-fingers slices of dessert, which immediately made me want to cry after eating such incredible treats this weekend. Nothing is more disappointing than flash frozen fake dessert.
So that’s my story. It has nothing to do with these fluffernutter cupcakes, which oddly enough I came home and made after our seven course dinner last Friday night. Something about large quantities of food lends me crazy inspiration. We ate them for dessert after our game-day meatballs, and I really did forget how much I loved them until I saw the first batter picture up there. It is quite possible I consumed more cupcakes in batter form than in cake form.
Peanut Butter Cupcakes with a Marshmallow Swirl
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup peanut butter morsels
- 2/3 cup marshmallow fluff
Peanut Butter Frosting
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons milk, if needed
Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff
- 3 cups of powdered sugar
Peanut Butter Cupcakes with a Marshmallow Swirl
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 and marshmallow fluff.
Pour into cupcake tins and fill 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 15-18 minutes at 350. Let cool completely before frosting.
Note: since the marshmallow fluff can harden a bit, I would advise making these cupcakes the same day you eat them.
Peanut Butter Frosting
Beat butter and peanut butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until creamy. Add in vanilla extract, then with the mixer on low speed, add in powdered sugar. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 2-3 minutes until fully combined, scraping down the sides. If frosting is too thick, add in milk and beat for 1-2 minutes more. Fill a pastry bag with frosting or using a spoon, poke a hole into the cupcake and fill.
Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting
Beat butter in the bowl of electric mixer until creamy. Add in fluff and beat for 2-3 minutes, then add in vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until fully incorporated. Once all the sugar has been added, beat on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes. If mixture if too runny, add a bit more sugar. If it’s too thick, add a bit of milk one tablespoon at a time. Frost cupcakes and drizzle with melted peanut butter if desired.
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198 Comments on “Fluffernutter Cupcakes.”
Oh how I love thee. Let me count the ways.
Um, that sounds hard. I just love ya ok? :)
After too many times of strolling into a hotel, exhausted and tired from a 12 hour work day only to get to my room and have my key not work, I’ve started keeping them in a separate pocket of my bag. No more demagnatized strips for me!
I really would’ve loved to see that waiter’s face as you told him your wallet was in the room!
Oh WOW!! I’ve always wanted to try a fluffernutter sandwich! I can’t even remember the last time I had marshmallow fluff! I would totally go out and buy a jar, but yeah, not so sure the batter would actually make it to the oven! Haha!
yup, i think i’m making these….possibly in 5 minutes =)
These look amazing. Simply amazing.
…..this is ALL I want right now.
Marshmallow buttercream frosting? You’ve gotta be kidding me!
You seriously make me so happy. With your food AND your stories. Peanut butter and fluff is a combination of the gods.
Yum! These look delightful! Love marshmallow fluff. That frosting is insane.
And I totally agree with you about the flash-frozen dessert. Nothing upsets me more than when I save calories from dinner for dessert – because my entree choice is practically based off of the dessert options – and the dessert comes out “partially thawed” from the freezer. YUCK!
all I see is Heaven. Lord help me.
In Denmark we put marshmallow fluff on top of ice cream. It is the BEST! This looks soo delicious. I just made your peanut butter hot fudge cupcakes and since my husband doesn’t like chocolate (I’ve come to peace with it – more for me) I gave some to the kids next-door and they LOVE them. Just moved to Brooklyn, NY and you have me making new friends with the entire neighborhood. Thank you for writing your blog! Could I make a wish for cupcakes that doesn’t contain peanut butter? Maybe red velvet chocolate swirl? The hot fudge is to die for.
I know you have answered this question before and i faithfully looked for it and couldnt find it. What tip do you use for icing your cupcakes? Do you start in the middle and swirl out or do you start on the outside and end in the middle?
Thanks in advance :)
O.M.G. is all I have to say. Thank you for sharing!
I made fluffernutter cupcakes before…but these…they are something else. they look like they will blow the other ones away. MUST. MAKE.
Just wanted to let you know that the email newsletter recipe is missing ingredients/directions that appear here; I’m glad I went here to get the full directions – the cupcakes look great. But if I made them according to the newsletter recipe, there would be no marshmallow fluff in the batter (doesn’t say to add it; it is in the ingredients list however) and no peanut butter morsels (not in the ingredient list). I don’t know if there is a website/newsletter translation problem with other recipes. Just thought I’d let you know so you can check.
Thanks for letting me know Lizzy! I’m guessing what happens is that the email that goes out is the very first version I publish. I almost always find a typo later that I missed while proofing and an occasional recipe mistake so I head back in to fix it, and while it updates the site it must not update the already sent emails. Unfortunately I have no control over the emails as they are done by an auto-subscription service, but if it happens again, click to the post or shoot me a quick email and I can help you with the recipe! :)
WOW. Note to self: never look at this blog when hungry…
Love your stories! ….those cupcakes look pretty darn awesome too…
These look so light and peanut buttery…and delicious. Plus more peanut butting in the frosting. Sounds so good.
if someone would make those for me, i would totally eat a ton of them. unfortunately for me, that isn’t gonna happen, so i’m gonna go lay down and pout lol
I’d totally make you some if I could.
I am now going for a walk/taking a shower/cleaning my teeth to avoid obsessing over the idea of these.
You make the best looking and sounding cupcakes.
Wow, those make me want to lick the screen :P
Well wait. Were you wearing heels when you ran back to get your wallet? Was it raining? Did a car splash muddy water on you as you waited to cross the street?
I have no idea where I’m going with this.
I think you just described a scene out of sex and the city… Which is perfect since I wish that was my life.
Don’t hate me, but I’ve never had fluff before! But THESE look incredible!
Oh man, fluffernutter sends me right back to Meeker’s dorm room and his tiny fridge that I used to steal his food from. There was always marshmallow fluff and peanut butter in there. Always. And I always ate it all. No wonder he fell in love with me, right? These look insane.
Can’t wait to make these!! My favorite lunch in elementary was a peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich!
Amazing! marshmallow and PB combo sounds wonderful!
I LOVE anything with PB and marshmallow fluff which means I could probably eat that entire batch of cupcakes in one day…
Oh wow, these look absolutely amazing! A special treat for lunch was always peanut butter and marshmallow fluff!
Forgetting my wallet is one of my biggest fears! You were smart with it, though!
i’m wanna make these cause A – they looks super yummy B- so i can say fluffernutter a lot.
It sure is a fun word, isn’t it?
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How do I love thee, let me count the ways….NO, STOP…they are innumerable!!! You bring laughter and culinary satisfaction into my somewhat reclusive existence. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with such wit and authenticity. You ARE my favorite blogger! <3 Love & (virtual) Hugs <3
Jean, I love you. Thanks so much for your support!
YUM. I definitely must make these, they sound SO delicious!
ok I love that you didn’t just make a pb cupcake with marshmallow frosting. The fluff is in the cupcake?! Love it!
Love, love, love, love, love!
Makes a night out with Justin Bieber slightly more tolerable. :)
Ooh, these sound really good! I know of a few men (currently playing Xbox upstairs at my house) who would devour these in a second!
YUM! What is it about peanut butter swirled with something fluffy that just makes me drool!?
My youngest brother is going to love you for these; fluffernutter sandwiches are his favorite! I’ll let you know if he likes these better :-)
your amazing. these recipes are AMAZING.
I need to make this asap! and not just a comment where im like “oh im gonna make these one day!” and never make them, no im REALLY going to make these!! ;)
Well, I sure hope you do! :)
AHH it’s ridiculous how good these look!!!!!!!!
mom used to make us fluffernutter sandwiches all the time! no one down south knows what that is…sob. thanks for this!
This is one of the best stories everrr. I just love the thick layer of frosting…and also that you made them the night after that gigantic meal. I would have just rolled straight to the couch! :)
I believe that ordering copious amounts of flash frozen dessert is the perfect “time buyer” when you’re in a pinch. It’s a life rule, really.
oohhhhhh….I started having heart palpitations for you just reading about the experience! Sadly bad dessert is just that. But cupcakes will ALWAYS make you feel better! Found you via David Lebovitz on FB. Now a fan in my own right!
YUM (as usual) and I love the part about demagnetizing your hotel keys. Ugh that happens to me all the time! Especially when you’re carrying a clutch…There is no feasible way to keep your cell phone and key separated at all times! Sounds like a fun trip though! Can’t wait to try these.
Yes, I WAS carrying a clutch/wallet – that was the whole problem! The clutch was also magnetic.
Man, how do you get your frosting to look so airy and light! I read your frosting tutorial but I have a feeling it would look a bit clunkier than yours! I suppose I need more practice which is a great excuse to make this cupcakes!
Have a great day! :)
I seriously make my frosting different every time – if you look thru my recipes the frosting ones are never the same. But I think you really need to whip it in the mixer… like a good 5+ minutes.
That sounds like a stressful day! You handled it so well. I’m not sure what I would have done. Nice cupcakes too!
This was my favorite sandwich when I was a little. I def need to try these! They look amazing!
Oh my! I just made fluff two nights ago and I was thinking how I needed to make some peanut butter so I could have fluffernutter sandwiches. Now I think I will make peanut butter to make these cupcakes :)
By the way, I made the fluff to make devil dog cupcakes — YUM!
You have made my peanut butter marshmallow fluff fantasies come to life. I’m a college student and I miss having a kitchen to bake in, especially when I’m itching to try a dream-recipe. thank you for posting this, was a sweeter ending to an exam day!