First, make your favorite chocolate cake batter. Again, I have to admit I used a box cake for the cupcakes. I'm more of an icing snob. I have to have homemade icing on all my cakes. I can't stand store bought icing and my mom has spoiled me with all of her fabulous cakes she has made for me my entire life.
I did add a Reece's peanut butter cup to each cupcake before baking them.
Now comes the good part! I found a great recipe for peanut butter icing on Brown Eyed Baker and adapted it a little using what I had in my refrigerator:
Peanut Butter Icing Recipe:
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup half and half
To make these cupcakes even better - although I could have stopped here - I decided to add crushed pretzels to the top of each cupcake.
Mmmm!! These cupcakes were so good. It was hard to eat just one!