Peanut Butter Cupcakes + Black Coffee Frosting

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Black Coffee Frosting Over the weekend Elsie threw Trey and I a peanut butter themed wedding shower. We are both BIG peanut butter fans so it only seemed appropriate. My favorite detail from the shower was a handmade tablecloth with some of the lyrics from Selena Gomez's single "I Love You Like a Love Song." That's one of our songs. We only listen to classics. 

Anyway. I love baking, so I asked if I could make the cupcakes for the shower. I knew there would be plenty of other delicious treats around, so I wanted to try something a little different. I've been wanting to try and create a frosting that embodies all the goodness of black coffee and dark chocolate. I thought this would be delicious with peanut butter filled cupcakes, if not maybe a little on the decadent side. 🙂 I loved how they turned out.Peanut butter cupcake recipePeanut butter cupcakePeanut Butter Cupcakes, makes 22. Slightly adapted from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes.

3/4 cup softened butter
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
1 3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup greek yogurt

In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the vanilla extract and the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly incorporate the flour into the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in the peanut butter and greek yogurt.

Fill a prepared muffin pan each 1/2 full with batter. Bake at 375°F for 18-20 minutes until cooked through and brown around the edges. Allow to cool.Peanut butter filled cupcakesTotally optional, but, you should do this. Once the cupcakes are cool use a sharp knife to cut out a small inverted pyramid, and remove. Fill the whole with creamy peanut butter! The easiest way to do this is to pipe the peanut butter into the hole. You can use a pastry bag or, if you find that you are once again out, use a zip lock bag. 🙂Askinoise chocolateFor the frosting you are going to need 9 ounces of good, dark chocolate. I used Askinoise chocolate bars, one of their collaboration bars infused with Intelligentsia coffee.Dark chocolate glazeBlack Coffee Frosting, makes enough to frost 22 cupcakes. Loosely adapted from Ready for Dessert.

9 ounces dark chocolate
1/2 cup black coffee
10 tablespoons butter
2-4 tablespoons powered sugar

In a double boiler or a glass bowl set over simmering water, stir together the chocolate and coffee until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter until well incorporated. Taste the frosting. And if a little too bitter, take the edge off by whisking in a few tablespoons powdered sugar. After all, this is frosting. 🙂 Allow to cool until the frosting is spreadable but firm. Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Black Coffee Frosting www.abeautifulmess.comPeanut Butter Cupcakes with Black Coffee Frosting www.abeautifulmess.comI topped these cupcakes with candied peanuts, but you could also try sprinkles, sanding sugar or just a little bit of sea salt. Enjoy! xo. Emma

  • I just tried this recipe, except I made a cake, and it was AMAZING.
    You have a new fan. 🙂
    BTW, belated wishes on your engagement, Emma!

  • I made these on the weekend and they’re fantastic! So yummy! Thanks for sharing this. I’ll be making these cupcakes again 🙂

  • looks yummy!

  • Love peanut butter, love chocolate & love the thought of these cupcakes! Can’t wait to try to make them (or convince a friend to make them for me! Haha)
    Cheray x

  • these look scrumptious! I’m such a sucker for anything with peanut butter! yum!

  • Those.. look amazing! Oh my word!


  • Yummy !

  • Yum!! These look absolutely divine 🙂 I think I may try these in the very near future!

  • this makes me want to throw eating healthy out the window!


  • wow these look so decadent! such a treat xo

  • Okay, maybe I’m missing something and you are welcome to laugh at me. When you say 1/2 cup black coffee, you do mean brewed coffee, not grounds? I feel dumb having to ask, but it wouldn’t be the first time I assumed something was one way and it turned out to the other. 🙂

  • Oh my these look and sound simply divine! Peanut butter, coffee, chocolate? I’m in!

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  • mmmm…. want! I’m so soing to try these cupcakes!!!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  • These look completely delicious. I have to make these, my husband would love them.

  • These look and sound amazing!! Can’t wait to try them!

  • I’m not a huge coffee fan, but throw in some peanut butter and dark chocolate and I’m sold!!
    xo Heather

  • They look sooooooo delicious!!!!!!!!! Thank you for the recipe!!! XO! ♥

  • love the flavor combination! so obvious yet so obscure!

  • These sound delicious! I bet they’d be great with a peanut butter buttercream, too!

    Ladyface Blog

  • These look amazing!! I’m not a coffee person, but I would just reduce the coffee amount used for the icing. These would be good using nutella instead of peanut butter, too…

  • sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try these; thanks for sharing!

  • amazing! looks so tasty!

  • That table cloth was too great, and these cupcakes look sooooo yummy!

    Juliette Laura

  • Ah these look so lovely!

  • Thanks for the recipe, so yummy! xx

  • I want to dive into the deliciousness! Love PB 😀

  • One of the things I love the most about your blog/home/work space/life is all of the succulents!! It would be awesome for you ladies to do a post (or 2 or 10!) about some of your plants. Where you find them, what varieties you have, their care guides, etc. Thank you for all of the amazing posts!

  • Oh dear, yum!

    xo Jennifer

  • Mmm! So yummy! If you love baking then you should check out sweetapolita’s blog! She comes up with some beautiful, tastey cakes and desserts!

  • mmmm looks delicious!

    – Janine

  • ahh looks sooooooooo yummyyy!

  • cannot even handle these photos right now!!! holy yummmmy!

  • What a great culinary theme for a wedding shower – so much more appealing that a sheet cake & jordan almonds!

  • Ooh yummy 🙂 The party looked so much fun!

  • Oo, I loove sweet so I ll try to cook it. Looks so yummy and now I am eating chocolate. xa. Have a nice day.

  • Peanut butter and coffee, my two favorite things! Oh man, these look delicious 🙂


  • I love anything that contains peanuts! I really want to eat these right now!

    Seaside Beauty <3

  • Yummy! A few of my favourite things combined, peanut butter, coffee and dark chocolate!
    Yum yum yum!! xx

  • Amazing! I love anything to do with coffee so I’ll definitely give these a try!

  • Your posts are always so funny, Emma. The way you convey sarcasm is perfect and always gets a good laugh out of me.

    “…with some of the lyrics from Selena Gomez’s single “I Love You Like a Love Song.” That’s one of our songs. We only listen to classics. ”

    Thanks to you and the rest of the Red Velvet gals (and Dorian) for all the inspiration and laughs.

  • Oh, these muffins look so delicious! I have to try them soon! xx

  • I was just dreaming about a peanut butter frosted cupcake yesterday. But I think I could do a peanut butter cupcake with chocolate frosting instead 🙂

  • I need to try these right away! Yum! Thanks for the recipe!

  • I will totally admit that I also love that Selena Gomez song!

  • Your shower looked amazing. I can’t wait to try these cupcakes. I thought I loved peanut butter, until my met my boyfriend. When we make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, he will use almost half a jar of PB…his birthday was in April but I am hoping I remember some of these ideas (hope that’s OK!) next year. I loved the little mossy display with spoons of PB. Brilliant! And I am definitely trying these cupcakes soon. Our other obsession is coffee…mmm…thanks for a wonderful blog post, as always!

  • Your wedding shower looked adorable and as a huge peanut butter fan I will have to make these cupcakes soon! They look fantastic, as always, Emma!

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