Mini Peanut Butter & Nutella Cupcakes

I’m going to go ahead and declare this Peanut Butter Week….oh, wait, I just Googled it and National Peanut Butter Day is January 24th. Well, I’m going to ignore that because for all I know someone randomly chose that like I just did. And I have 2 awesome peanut butter desserts to share with you this week. So it’s going to be PB Week on 52 Kitchen Adventures. Ok? Ok.

The chocolate Nutella cupcakes I posted last month were by far my most popular post ever. For good reason too – rich chocolate cupcakes topped with Nutella buttercream are basically to die for. With a company BBQ at my new job coming up, I wanted to bring in some special homemade cupcakes (is there any better way to make new friends?). The chocolate Nutella cupcakes came to mind first, but I wanted to take them to the next level. I racked my brain and came up with another spread that’s almost as good as Nutella: peanut butter! Peanut butter is awesome, Nutella is awesome, so I could only assume that the two together would be super awesome.


And? They are! If you like peanut butter and Nutella, this is the dessert for you. The cupcakes are extremely peanut buttery – surprisingly so. They almost overwhelm the Nutella flavor. If you’re looking for a cake recipe that tastes a lot like peanut butter, you’ve found it.

One more important thing: my last giveaway for the month! This is my birthday month and I decided to celebrate big by giving away one great prize each week. I’ve gained some new readers through the giveaways and I hope you guys all stick around and enjoy my blog. Also, a lot of people have asked me if I’ve received these items for free and just so you know, I haven’t. I put all the money I get through ads back into the blog through buying prizes, paying for equipment and hosting fees, etc.

I polled my Facebook fans and they chose…

A pasta maker! I had no idea these things were so popular. Enter through the form below by Sunday evening (my birthday!). Each option equals one entry, and if you’ve already “liked” my page, followed me on Twitter, or subscribed, go ahead and click “I did this!” Good luck!


Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Adapted from Taste of Home

Yields: 18 regular size cupcakes or 48 mini cupcakes

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter and sugar until thoroughly combined and light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla.

In a separate large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add about 1/3 of dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Add 1/2 of milk to mixture and mix until combined. Continue alternating dry and milk, mixing in between (finish with dry ingredients).

Fill cupcake tin 2/3 full. Bake for 18-22 minutes for regular cupcakes or 10-12 minutes for mini cupcakes (until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean). Let cool completely before frosting.


Nutella Buttercream

  • 1/2 C butter, room temperature
  • 1 C Nutella
  • 1 C powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 T milk

Beat butter until smooth. Add Nutella and beat together until thoroughly combined. Slowly add powdered sugar, mixing until combined. Add 1 tablespoon of milk. Add additional milk or powdered sugar as needed to reach desired consistency.

32 Comments on Mini Peanut Butter & Nutella Cupcakes

  1. Linda
    August 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm (11 years ago)

    i would like to win this pasta maker…i could make pasta on a cold winter day…

    • Stephanie
      August 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm (11 years ago)

      @Linda – fresh pasta is wonderful. Good luck!

  2. Stacey
    August 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm (11 years ago)

    Sadly I am allergic to hazelnuts so I can’t enjoy this one, but I did post about it for my fb friends and my G+ friends as well as twitter. Love the blog and I’m so glad to see the pasta maker! (I also encouraged friends to put in a vote for you after they start following you!) Good luck with the blogger contest!

    • Stephanie
      August 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm (11 years ago)

      @Stacey – thank you for spreading the word! You’re so sweet. Also, you could always try this recipe with a plain chocolate buttercream and it would still be great.

    • Stephanie
      August 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm (11 years ago)

      @Autumn – I like your attitude! 🙂

  3. Trudi
    August 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm (11 years ago)

    Those look amazing! And I just have to ask-new job??

    • Stephanie
      August 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm (11 years ago)

      @Trudi – thanks! I got a part-time job at a social media agency in Sacramento. I’ll be doing that in the afternoons and from home and still teaching at CCFS too!

  4. Ann
    August 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm (11 years ago)

    Congratulations on being in the running for most valuable blogger on CBS! I voted for you! The cupcakes look amazing….
    Ann recently posted Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    • Stephanie
      August 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm (11 years ago)

      @Ann – thank you! 🙂

  5. Nish
    August 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm (11 years ago)

    Yum!! These look so goood! I love peanut butter but absolutely adore nutella! I’m gonna have to try this soon!
    Nish recently posted Jam Doughnut Cupcakes

  6. Liz
    August 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm (11 years ago)

    LOVE how techy you are!!! Great giveaway tool~ Wonderful cupcakes…and, as always, gorgeously iced.
    Liz recently posted Grilled Thai Chicken~

  7. Emily @ Life on Food
    August 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm (11 years ago)

    I could live with everyday being Peanut butter day. Keep the chocolate, peanut butter, and nutella desserts coming. Yum Yum Yum!
    Emily @ Life on Food recently posted A Nightmare

  8. Roggie
    August 24, 2011 at 8:03 am (11 years ago)

    These look delicious and will go on my list of recipes to try. Did you line the pans with paper or use cooking spray?

    • Stephanie
      August 26, 2011 at 7:08 am (11 years ago)

      @Roggie – thanks! I used paper liners but cooking spray should work too.

  9. Dalila G.
    August 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm (11 years ago)

    What an awesome recipe for cupcakes!
    I LOVE peanut butter and Nutella….the two together are heavenly! 🙂
    Thank you for this great recipe, I hope to make it this weekend.
    One can never have too many sweets. 😉

  10. Melissa
    August 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm (11 years ago)

    Lucky me, a friend of mine saw my post on facebook and is going to make this recipe, so I can enjoy it without even having to do any of the work – though I’ll probably make it for my upcoming birthday party.

  11. Maria
    August 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm (11 years ago)

    Yum! I made cookies just like this once.
    *wants pasta maker*

  12. Kimberly @Badger Girl Learns to Cook
    August 25, 2011 at 5:41 am (11 years ago)

    So glad I found a link to your site from That Skinny Chick Can Bake. Consider me entered in the giveaway but more importantly, I am excited to be following you.
    Great pb recipes. I will suspend disbelief with you that this is Peanut Butter Week. 🙂

  13. Michelle Vandergrift
    August 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm (11 years ago)

    Sunday is my birthday too! Us Virgos have to stick together!! Happy Birthday to you!!!

  14. Kerry
    August 28, 2011 at 3:00 am (11 years ago)

    The nutella cupcakes look fantastic! I love how they clearly have a lot of nutella in them from their rich dark colour- and they’re so cute!!

  15. Carmen
    August 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm (11 years ago)

    I’m probably the only person on the planet that hasn’t tried Nutella yet. But it looks really good and I may have to get some soon.

  16. Grace
    October 20, 2013 at 10:55 am (9 years ago)

    this is a lovely recipe! Just made them. The only thing i can say is that i made a lot more than 48 mini cupcakes- I made 60 and 10 big ones! Think this was probably me getting the measurements wrong-BUT DELICIOUS!


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