peanut butter chocolate cupcakes

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking, BIRTHDAY, Dessert, Gluten Free, recipes, Vegan

Last week was Jason’s birthday. I wanted to make cupcakes so they could easily be shared, and who doesn’t love the classic pairing of chocolate and peanut butter? I adapted my brownie recipe into one that is more cake like, but with the chewy dense brownie characteristic. I like that in a cupcake.

You know what else I like in a cupcake? A surprise middle.

peanut butter chocolate cupcakes

makes 12 cupcakes

1/2 cup agave
1 can pumpkin (15oz)
2 eggs (Ener-G egg replacer)
3 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup ap flour (gluten free)
3/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
peanut butter for cupcake filling

Combine agave and pumpkin – add egg and vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, and baking powder, add to sugar mixture. Fill muffin cups half way, place 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter in center, fill muffins with remaining batter.

Bake @ 350 for 30-35 minutes* or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

*These cooked in 30 minutes in my oven; a reader made them and while they turned out well, it took 50 minutes in his oven.

Cool completely before frosting.

peanut butter frosting

peanut butter
powdered sugar
water

I started out with 1 cup peanut butter and 2 cups powdered sugar. Added water to thin slightly, whip by hand until completely smooth. Add powdered sugar to desired consistency – I wanted the frosting to hold a swirl.

While these cupcakes were for Jason’s birthday, something exciting is happening today that just may need it’s own dessert.

I am honored and excited to be a contributor with gojee – a new recipe site launching today! Gojee, named for the Himalayan berry, is a cooking site showcasing recipes from home cooks. Gojee can recommend recipes based on food you already have, and you can link to a grocery market loyalty card.

I am thrilled to be among amazing company – gojee has hand picked many great recipes from exceptionally talented people! I already have many saved as favorites, and have met some new friends as well. I hope you will visit – we are all very excited today!


{ 78 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 30, 2011 at 9:44 am

I love cupcakes with surprise middles :-) These look perfect for a birthday!

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2 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons June 30, 2011 at 9:45 am

Happy bday to Jason!!!! and congrats on your collaboration with Gojee! <3 so excited for you!

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3 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston June 30, 2011 at 9:46 am

These cupcakes look incredible!!

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4 Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

Happy belated birthday to Jason! :D The cupcakes look like *the* burner, especially with the filling! :D I’ll check that new site!

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5 Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 30, 2011 at 10:06 am

Looks very cool! And you’re on page one of the contributors! :D (At least as I checked it.)

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6 Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food June 30, 2011 at 10:08 am

I love the addition of pumpkin in these! So clever! :-)

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7 Evan Thomas June 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

Mmm, I love the peanut butter surprise in the center! So fun.

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8 Nellie (The Midlife Cruiser) June 30, 2011 at 10:33 am

You are definitely doing what you’re meant to do. How do I know? *Because you’re doing it! * Congratulations on your new gig!!! LOVE that picture of you, and certainly noticed you are the first one listed :) Leave it to me to notice something like that. HA!

Happy belated b-day to Jason…the Spa Bettie husband I almost met…BAH! Who needs teeth anyway? LOL! Those cupcakes look amazing! I’d take a big bite in the middle just to get all that peanut buttery goodness out of there STAT!

xoxo!

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9 Heather (Where's the Beach) June 30, 2011 at 10:40 am

Ok those look fantastic and I’m not even a chocolate lover. I guess it’s the PB speaking to me ;-) And congrats my friend. How awesome!!!

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10 lindsay June 30, 2011 at 10:41 am

gojee weeeee!! congrats kris. I am not surprised though, you are amazing!

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11 Christine @ Merf In Progress June 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

Congratulations on gojee! You definitely have one of the most attractive food blogs out there. Today’s cupcakes are no exception!

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12 Jess June 30, 2011 at 10:57 am

Oh my god, these look unreal!!! Congrats on the gig with gojee, so cool!

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13 stefany June 30, 2011 at 11:04 am

Congrats on the gojee collaboration, you fit right in with all of them!!! Such a fun site, and gorgeous pics! I have bookmarked many recipes already, and love the idea of finding a recipe based on ingredients on hand! Thanks for sharing and congrats again, Kris!

Happy Birthday to Jason, his cupcakes look incredible!

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14 Mary June 30, 2011 at 11:25 am

Is there a way to print out this recipe? Thanks. Mary

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15 Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) June 30, 2011 at 11:32 am

Congrats on being featured on Gojee. I actually just came across your site through Gojee today and am SO pleased I did. If for no other reason than these cupcakes, which look fantastic. :)

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16 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm

hello, Rivki! thanks for the gojee congrats – another reason I love it is that it puts me in touch with new blog friends like you! :) hope you have a great weekend!!

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17 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Congrats on Gojee!!!!!! That’s awesome!

And a surprise middle?! That is so me! I mean, cupcakes should have tons of frosting on top AND in the middle. Makes me so much happier :)

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18 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm

thanks, Averie! I was pretty excited about gojee… and YES to the frosting – I consider cake just a vehicle for more frosting, really. ;) have a great holiday weekend!!

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19 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit June 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Peanut butter + chocolate = yum. :) Even better that they’re gluten free and I can make them for my gf friends!

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20 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm

hi Betty – indeed you can – I hope they enjoy! :D

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21 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm

The cupcakes look perfect! Great combination and perfect surprise in the center! Congrats on the site! I will definitely check it out!

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22 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm

thank you Sarena! I was pretty excited about it… hope you all have a great weekend! <3

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23 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty June 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Ummmm you know my address right? You can send some of those this way (PLEASE!) haha ;)

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24 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm

ha. yep… if I knew a cupcake would hold up, you’d have one on it’s way to you! XO have a FAB weekend, dear!

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25 Stephanie @ extremebalance.net/blog June 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Cruel! What a fabulous-looking post, at a time when I’m in a nut-butter free country and *fixated* on PB and chocolate! Happy birthday + 7 to Jason and BIG congrats on Gojee! I can’t think of anyone whose recipes I’d rather see there—the Jalapeno popper sandwhich is my fave comfort food!

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26 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm

oh, I’m SO sorry, Stephanie!! I did it to you once with that bread – now these. I’ll lay off for a while, and perhaps think of something you DON’T like… ;)

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27 Dorry June 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm

OK, first of all (!!), those cupcakes look so amazing and they are GF & vegan! You’re a genius, my friend, so it’s no surprise to me that you are part of something fresh and new with other amazing cooks and recipe creators. I’m so excited for you and Gojee! What a fun name, too. :) xoxo

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28 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm

isn’t gojee a fun name? I thought so too… :D thanks for the shout out on my cupcakes today – very sweet. Happy Birthday to Bird-Dad. hope you all have a great holiday weekend! xo

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29 Tara Burner June 30, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Oh my lord those look sooooooooooooooo good!
now I want chocolate peanut butter!!!

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30 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm

hi Tara! thank you… they were pretty epic and made the birthday boy happy :D hope you have a great holiday weekend! <3

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31 brandi July 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

that filling looks perfect!

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32 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm

thanks, Brandi! it was just plain peanut butter for the filling – Mmm! :D

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33 Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers July 1, 2011 at 9:15 am

PB n’ Chocolate? What’s not to love? :) Have a good weekend.

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34 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm

thanks, Tiff – you too, enjoy the holiday!

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35 janetha @ meals & moves July 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

Those are gorgeous! And the pairing of peanut butter and chocolate is a timeless classic.

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36 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm

thanks, Janetha! :D nothing beats choc + pb, right? hope you guys have a great holiday weekend!!

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37 Erin @ The Speckled Palate July 1, 2011 at 11:32 am

You gluten free bakers make me so happy… and wish I could find gluten-free flour in my supermarkets so I could join in on the fun y’all are having with these!

These cupcakes not only look beautiful, but the ingredient list makes me want to give them a shot. Thanks for sharing!

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38 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

thanks, Erin! you cannot find any gluten free flours? I’m so sorry… you could make almond flour / almond meal from raw almonds if you have a food processor…

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39 Erin @ The Speckled Palate July 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I hadn’t seen any in the stores around here, and when I went grocery shopping last week, I stumbled upon some! So that’s good to know… and it’s also good to know about the almond flour/meal from the raw almonds with a food processor.

Thanks!

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40 spabettie July 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm

oh, GOOD, I’m so glad it’s available to you! but yes, pretty easy to make your own too :D (the almond meal is not as fine as flour, but it’s useful for many things!)

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41 Jackie D July 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm

These look good….just wondering what “ap flour” is though?

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42 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Hi Jackie! sorry, ap is all purpose flour :)

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43 Jackie D July 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Thanks! :)

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44 Samantha July 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm

When you say can of pumpkin what size are you describing??? Want to make these for my birthday this week!

– Samantha
http://flavorator.blogspot.com/

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45 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Hi Samantha – sorry, I’m going to edit the recipe & add the size, so thank you! the small / “normal” size of pumpkin – I think they are 15 ounces?

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46 Gina July 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Oh my word. Love this combo!

No butter in the frosting? Interesting! I use butter in my PB frosting but would love to cut it out :)

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47 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm

hi Gina! yep, I this was kindof an experiment… I even had earth balance in the fridge, I just wanted to try it, and it worked! I just kept adding and stirring (thus the no measurements…) and got it to a great consistency! it stayed firm and in peaks, and was TASTY! :D

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48 Lisa July 2, 2011 at 5:20 am

Congrats on Gojee!

The cupcakes look amazing—I am definitely a fan of surprise middles…and the peanut butter/chocolate combo. Dense and chocolate-y….mmmmm!

Love your pics, as usual. Hope you have a fabulous day, Kristina :)

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49 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) July 2, 2011 at 7:32 am

Congrats on being a contributor for the new site – I’ll have to check it out!

These look yummy – it’s funny because a year ago I’d read recipes with brown rice flour and agave and think “what the heck?!” but now those are staples in my pantry. I think I’ve become 80-90% gluten free, and try to replace granulated sugar for agave whenever possible.

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50 miri leigh July 2, 2011 at 9:32 am

These look wonderful…..I lo0ve peanut butter and chocolate together. Thank you!

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51 spabettie July 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm

isn’t it the best combination? :D

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52 Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} July 2, 2011 at 9:42 am

What an exciting day! Congratulations on the new gig! Oh, and chocolate and peanut butter!? Best combination on the face of the planet! Those look awesome.

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53 spabettie July 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm

thank you, Krista! I’m excited :) and YES indeed – chocolate and peanut butter were MEANT for each other!!

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54 Kris @Krazy_Kris July 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm

oh wow…. so BEAUTIFUL!!!!
next on my list.
cocoa…
sigh….
but my list IS getting shorter LOL
and CONGRATS ON GOGEEEEEEEE – you are so deserving – yay!

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55 spabettie July 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm

yay for shorter lists, assembling, and people coming to YOU for recipes!! :D XXO! hope your weekend is wonderful, my friend!

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56 MarathonVal July 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

1) Those look soooo scrumptious!!!!

2) Congrats on the new recipe site, sounds great! :)

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57 spabettie July 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm

hi Val!! thank you, and Thank You!! :D

hope you’re enjoying a great weekend!

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58 Lenore July 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I keep hearing amazing things about Gojee! Congrats!

Those cupcakes look delicious…I also love a more dense chocolate cake, so this sounds great.

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59 spabettie July 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm

thank you Lenore! I’m pretty excited to be a part of gojee… and YES to the cake – I love a dense cake!! :D

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60 Angela @ Vegangela.com July 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm

YUM, these look amazing. I’m one of those people who strongly believe that chocolate and peanut butter belong together! I love your muffin wrappers – so cute! :)

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61 spabettie July 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

thanks! I have a few fun muffin / cupcake wrappers – makes a cupcake THAT much more fun! :D

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62 Tropical Eats July 4, 2011 at 10:41 am

ahhhhhh dont do this to me!!!

these look amazingggggggg.

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63 spabettie July 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm

thanks, Shannon! :D hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!!

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64 Roz July 4, 2011 at 11:11 am

Woo Hoo! Congrats on Gojee! I’m very excited for you and will be checking it out. Have a great 4th!!!

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65 spabettie July 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm

thank you, Roz – gojee is pretty cool, I know you’ll love it! I already have many recipes favorited, and have used it with the ingredient search many times already! :D hope you are having a great holiday weekend also!!

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66 Allison @ PickyEatingRD July 4, 2011 at 9:00 pm

pb and chocolate = best.combo.ever.

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67 spabettie July 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm

indeed. agreed!! :D

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68 (what runs) Lori July 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

HOLY MAMA! These look INCREDIBLE! I mean, really really incredible! You are SO talented with the photography and, of course, the food!

Love the simplicity of these.

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69 spabettie July 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm

thank you!! after our lovely friend Kris tweeted, I went to look for your cupcakes :D you have some awesome ones, my favorite was the COOKIE.

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70 Shirley @ gfe July 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I confess that I like these sooo much better than the jalapeno poppers “stand.” ;-) Yum!

xo,
Shirley

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71 spabettie July 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

ahh, okay, Shirley, I know what you like now! :) I understand, until just a couple years ago I didn’t like anything spicy or any hot peppers. I still don’t like things that are SO hot that it overpowers any flavor and I CRY, but jalapenos are flavorful to me. I know they are not for everyone, though. XXO!

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72 hihorosie July 7, 2011 at 9:03 pm

drool drool drool drool – love choc/pb together! Mmm! And congrats on being a contributor – so exciting!

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73 spabettie July 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm

thank you SO much, I was really excited! :D

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74 Cara August 31, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I mean this in the nicest way but I hate you!!! I am throwing my mouse at the computer in utter jealousy right now. This cupcake is precisely what I wanted to make for my dad’s birthday this week. But 4 failed batches later, I had to give up. How did you learn how to do all of this?? (and by “this” I mean bake GF/Vegan). Man. Okay, jealousy leaving now. These look absolutely delicious and they sound like they actually taste like a cupcake. Lucky :)

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75 spabettie September 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

oh, trust me, Cara, there have been MANY failed attempts in my kitchen! the vegan is not too difficult, flax or chia really do well as egg replacers, and the Ener-G powder was my first egg replacer! gluten free is the more difficult challenge, and I still have results that aren’t exactly as expected.

these cupcakes were good – they were more dense, like a pound cake, but that’s okay because we both like that! :) the ‘normal’ cake crumb and texture is more difficult to achieve with gluten free methods, but I keep trying!

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76 Soma October 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm

yes, all of the desserts in your parade look tasty, this has to be my favorite, nothing more classic than choc pb!!

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77 Marly November 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I made these for a birthday party today and they were delicious! I love the texture, more like a brownie or a chocolate pound cake? the frosting was easy and fun to work with too – I never knew it could be!

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78 Genna December 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm

made these for a party last night – made them mini – everyone approved! thank you so much, this is a delicious cake!

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