Casey’s Chocolate Cupcakes of Doom

Warning: these are extremely yummy and tempting. Slight weight gain may occur if you eat too many.

Yeah, you know you want one.

Also, if you have peanut/nut allergies, obviously omit the peanut butter filling and feel free to substitute your own!

This makes about 24 -28 cupcakes depending on how you fill up the paper cups or on the size of your cupcake pan.

Here’s what you need:

For the cupcakes:
1 box chocolate cupcake mix (I used double chocolate fudge) baked according to package directions.
Make the cupcakes first so they have time to cool.
For the frosting:
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened (but not too soft!)
3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1/2  cup baking cocoa
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1. Beat butter until smooth with an electric mixer.
2. Beat in remaining ingredients until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add additional milk a little at a time if thinner consistency is desired.
For the peanut butter filling:
A small bag of minature peanut butter cups (I’m sure you can guess what brand I used – seriously – is there any other?)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened – again not too soft!
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons milk, or as needed
2 cups powdered sugar (also known as confectioner’s sugar)
1. Beat peanut butter and butter until smooth with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in the powdered sugar. When it starts to get thick, add the milk one tablespoon at a time until all the sugar is mixed in. The frosting should be thick and spreadable. Beat for at least 3 minutes for it to get good and fluffy.
2. Chop up about 12 minature peanut butter cups. Add more or use less to your taste. Fold them into the frosting.
Assembling the cupcakes:
1. Create an indent in the middle of the cupcake. I use a cupcake tool that allows you to indent the center of the cupcake. If you don’t have one, use a small spoon, wooden spoon handle or melon baller to gently remove or compress the middle of the cupcake. Regardless of how you do it, be gentle and make a big enough well to spoon in the PB filling. A dinky hole isn’t going to cut it!
2. Spoon the PB filling into the center. Again, be gentle so you don’t crack the cupcake.
3. Spread or pipe the chocolate frosting over the top of the cupcake. I used a large star tip and a pastry bag to get the fancy swirl. If you don’t have those, no worries. These cupcakes will get devoured regardless of how the frosting appears.
4. Optional – cut up a few leftover  PB cups for garnish on the top.
5. Enjoy. Don’t send me any nasty grams if you gain weight. These are full of butter and sugar – what did you expect!

14 thoughts on “Casey’s Chocolate Cupcakes of Doom”

  1. OMG! Yummmmy! Can’t wait to try them out. I’ll have to bring them somewhere. It would be too cruel to do that to my hubby who is living on juicing and protein these days. He’s looking fabulous, BTW:)

  2. As far as temptation–anything with coconut and dark chocolate. My favorite pick-me-up is Mounds and Red Bull…weird and unhealthy…I know! Nobody’s perfect.

    In my romances, I do like to see the characters struggle and have to fight for their happy ever after. I want to know that the love they have is real and something they both believe in enough to fight for. But I HATE stories where a silly misunderstanding keeps them apart for the entire book. If the conflict could be resolved with a simple conversation, they are too stupid or immature to deserve the HAE. Keep the conflict real until the end and then make them both reach a compromise and you’ve got a story worth reading. Add some good reasons to build sexual tension along the way and you have a tempting, tasty, treat.

  3. It’s not fair, just when I think I am in control, along comes the best cupcake recipe ever. I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter, and a smooth butter frosting, really Casey, these are soooo decadent. I refuse to make them, but if Paula wouldn’t mind sharing one, I will share it with Tom.

    Now what was the question about romance? Come on, with a recipe like that who remembers anything about romance. Well, give me a minute…a good romance for me is the unpredictability of how it will turn out. Reading romance novels I realized all seem to have predictable patterns. I suppose we all know the hero and heroine will be together in the end, at least most of the time. Any other end could be disappointing. I loved the magical movie “Love Story” where the heroine dies of cancer in the end. But it was a beautiful love story. Writing this out I realize a good romance for me is creating believable characters.

    1. Hi Gail! Thanks for commenting today. I like romances that have a HEA, but the road there is not the same thing I’ve read a million times before.

      And trust me, these cupcakes are good. I can only usually eat half of one. And like I said, I only make them if I’m giving them away!

  4. Yummy …. I will substitute something else for the peanut butter. Thanks. As you probably already know, I LOVE recipes.

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