Decadent Buckeye Cupcakes

Dark chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, topped with melted dark chocolate and a miniature peanut butter buckeye. Peanut butter and chocolate lovers rejoice.
By Kathleen Siegle


These Peanut Butter Buckeye Cupcakes start with an amazing devil’s food cake cupcake that has quickly become my favorite chocolate cupcake base. Its super dark and rich, and has the perfect amount of coffee to make that chocolate flavor sing. The peanut butter frosting is to die for. Thick and creamy and will be sure to make all peanut butter lovers swoon. These cupcakes taste identical to a peanut butter buckeye, and that’s not just because there’s an actual peanut butter buckeye on top


Decadent Buckeye Cupcakes
Rich dark chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, topped with melted dark chocolate and a miniature peanut butter buckeye. Chocolate Cupcakes adapted from Martha Stewart Peanut Butter Buckeye recipe from Jif
Recipe Type: Dessert, Chocolate, Baking
Serves: 32 cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcakes
  • See the link for Devils Food Cupcakes above
Peanut Butter Frosting
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cream (as needed)
Peanut Butter Buckeyes
  • 1½ cups creamy Peanut Butter
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and line your cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and hot water until smooth.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter in 30 second increments.
  5. With an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, blend together the melted butter and sugar until the butter cools to room temperature. About 4 minutes.
  6. Add each egg one at time, mixing well after each one making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  7. Add vanilla and the cocoa mixture and beat until combined.
  8. Add the flour mixture in two separate batches alternating between the sour cream, mixing until just combined.
  9. Fill each cupcake ¾ full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Peanut Butter Frosting
  1. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and peanut butter until well combined.
  2. Gradually add the sugar one cup at at time until fully incorporated.
  3. Add the cream 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.
  4. Beat for 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  5. Once the cupcakes are cooled, frost with peanut butter frosting using your desired frosting tip.
Peanut Butter Buckeyes
  1. In a large bowl with your electric mixer, mix the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt until fully combined.
  2. Add two cups of sugar and mix until combined. Add the rest of the sugar until everything is combined and when shaped into a ball, will stick on a toothpick. Shape into 1 inch balls and refrigerate.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, place the chocolate chips and coconut oil
  4. Microwave in 30 second increments until melted and smooth.
  5. Insert a toothpick in a peanut butter ball and dip ¾ into the chocolate, leaving the top uncovered.
  6. Drizzle a little chocolate on top of each frosted cupcake before topping with a buckeye.
  7. This recipe makes 5 dozen buckeyes so happy eating!


Kathleen Siegle

I’m Kathleen and this is where I explore my sweet tooth and share it with you. I’m not gonna lie. Sweets make my heart flutter. Gooey chocolate chip cookies. Cupcakes with mile high frosting. I won’t even turn down fruit cake! Other things that make my heart flutter are my two beautiful children and of course my lovely husband. We’ve been married for almost 10 years and I can honestly say he’s my best friend. I love all things vintage, pretty, and retro and could spend hours lost in an antique shop. My newest venture is collecting vintage cookbooks. Are the recipes really as disgusting as the unappetizing photography? I remember using my mother’s “Cooky Book” by Betty Crocker circa 1963 when I was a wee one. I decorated those sugar cookie cut outs in a way only a mother could love. The memories of helping her bake in the kitchen will stay with me forever. I remember the smells, the love I felt, and of course the eating! So now I’m passing this hobby down to my little ones. A few things about me: I’m a super geek. I love Star Wars, Battle Star Galactica and all things Disney and Harry Potter. I Love Lucy is on at my house. At all times. Or at least in my little head. I listen to Christmas tunes all day every day from August to January. I have moved an average of 2.5 times per year in the last 10. We’re fancified carnies! I was in beauty pageants all through elementary school. I grow up on the street that Punky Brewster lived on. We were pals. I sometimes listen to 1920’s jazz while I shower. I’m a weirdo. I’m a full time massage therapist for Walt Disney World. And…I always cry when I laugh.

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