Decadent Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting











These peanut butter filled chocolate cupcakes topped with silky chocolate ganache frosting are a delightful treat for any occasion. With 662 calories per serving, indulge in the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors crafted with love.


Step 1: Ganache Preparation

Begin with the chocolate ganache to allow it time to cool. Heat up 1 cup of heavy cream in a microwave until it simmers. Pour the heated cream over 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a food processor and blend until smooth. Let this sit at room temperature for about 2 hours until it cools down and thickens.
Pro Tip: Stir occasionally to prevent a skin from forming on the ganache.

Step 2: Cupcake Batter

Preheat your oven to 350°F and line cupcake pans with liners. Using an electric mixer, cream together 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add 3 large eggs one at a time, followed by 1 tsp of vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup of buttermilk, 1/4 cup of sour cream, and 1/2 cup of brewed coffee. Sift 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup of cocoa powder, 2 tsp of baking soda, and 1/2 tsp of salt into another bowl. Gradually add the buttermilk and flour mixtures to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the buttermilk mixture. Fold the batter with a spatula until it is just blended.
Pro Tip: Avoid over-mixing to keep the cupcakes light and fluffy.

Step 3: Baking

Pour the batter into the cupcake liners, filling each about 2/3 of the way. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool on a wire rack before filling.
Pro Tip: Using a gravy ladle can help portion the batter evenly.

Step 4: Peanut Butter Filling

For the peanut butter filling, beat together 1 cup of peanut butter with 1 cup (2 sticks) of softened butter until well blended. Gradually add 2 cups of powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Place the filling into a frosting bag.
Pro Tip: Ensure your butter is at room temperature for a smoother mixture.

Step 5: Frosting and Assembling

Whisk the cooled ganache until it is light and fluffy, transferring it to another frosting bag. Insert the tip of the peanut butter frosting bag into the center of each cupcake, gently squeezing to fill. Then frost each cupcake with the chocolate ganache, creating a spiral pattern starting from the edges working toward the center. Optionally, garnish with chopped salted peanuts to finish.
Pro Tip: Garnish with sea salt flakes for an enhanced flavor contrast.