Cupcakes are a fabulous year round treat, and since it is holiday season, I decided to dress them up in red and green. These chocolate cupcakes which are filled with peanut butter icing can be decorated in so many ways by simply using a different cupcake liner, a different color of icing and sprinkles. Pastels for Easter perhaps or bright fun colors for summer!

They were pretty easy to make, especially because I used boxed chocolate cake mix and store bought chocolate icing. With so much to do this month, I wanted to keep it simple. Of course, you can use any chocolate cake/cupcake recipe that you’d like.

For the peanut butter center, I used 1 cup of peanut butter whipped together with 1 cup of powdered sugar. (Keep this in a separate bowl from the chocolate cake batter)

I started by lining 2 regular muffin tins with cupcake liners, then mixed the peanut butter filling.

Next, I made the chocolate cake batter.

I then scooped chocolate cake batter into the cupcake liners, filling them 1/3 full.

Then comes a spoonful of peanut butter icing in the middle of the first cake batter layer.

Now, top with cake batter.

Bake as you normally would according to the instructions of the cake recipe that you decide to use.

Let them cool, then decorate with icing and sprinkles or as you desire! They are also delicious just on their own.

I boxed mine up in fours to give out to friends and family. I used holiday ribbon and this printable to decorate the box.

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5 comments… add one
  • Winnie Dec 15, 2013

    Oh my – I just looooooooove these cupcakes!!

  • made by ChrissieD Dec 19, 2013

    So delicious, a must make 😀

  • Katherines Corner Dec 21, 2013

    droool….yum…..Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Wishing you a lovely weekend and a very Merry Christmas♥

  • Cynthia Dec 21, 2013

    I love filled cupcakes. Chocolate with peanut butter would be delicious! Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next time.

  • Krista Low Jan 2, 2014

    You know I have actually never made filled cupcakes? I love this idea of a fun little surprise in the middle! Fabulous post darlin’ 🙂

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