Devil’s Food Cupcakes with peanut Butter Frosting

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Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting because there is no better combination than Peanut Butter and Chocolate!

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting because there is no better combination than Peanut Butter and Chocolate!

The school year is almost over. Each of my children did wonderful this year, all making the honor roll. I’m a proud mama.

The last week of school is really about hanging out with friends, teachers trying to get last minute grading done, maybe a class party or five.

So it was no surprise that Cassie wanted cupcakes for her Band class. And she knew just what she wanted.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter. And she wanted to make them herself. Sounds good to me. I’d already dog-eared a page in my Food Network Magazine for this recipe to try. I’ve been on a search for a good Devil’s Food Cake. I love chocolate but Devil’s Food is like the sinful chocolate cake. Rich, moist, and if it’s really good, it doesn’t need frosting. This recipe did not disappoint. I might have eaten 2 or 3, just to test them.

Since theses were cupcakes, going to school, they did have to have frosting. The peanut Butter frosting from Crazy for Crust was perfect! Dorothy knows a thing or two about cupcakes and frosting, just check out her blog and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

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Devil’s Food Cupcakes
adapted from Food Network Magazine

Devil’s Food Cupcakes with peanut Butter Frosting


  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot water


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. set aside.
  2. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In mixing bowl beat butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and beat again. Add in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat well until light and fluffy.
  4. Combine instant coffee and hot water, stir till dissolved.
  5. Add 1/3 flour to butter mixture, stirring on low speed. Once blended, add in buttermilk, blend again. Add another 1/3 of flour. Blend. Add in coffee, blend, add in remaining flour. Blend well.
  6. Fill muffin cups about 1/2 way. Do not overfill! Bake for about 23-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on racks completely before icing.


Peanut Butter Frosting
adapted from Crazy for Crust

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/3 cup milk

Cream butter and peanut butter together till smooth.
Add in vanilla and half of powdered sugar, blend. Add remaining Sugar, blend again. Add Milk by the tablespoon until you get desired consistency.

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Cassie did all the work (except for the dishes) and I have to say not only did these taste great but they looked beautiful. Good job baby!

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting because there is no better combination than Peanut Butter and Chocolate!

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Oh my, what decadence! Congrats to your kids on their last day of school and for making honor roll!

  2. Yay, last day of school. {Right now, I’m sitting here with NOWHERE TO GO and it’s BLISS.}

    LOVE the devils food cupcake. I’m always looking for good new ones. And well, peanut butter with chocolate. You know how I feel about that, obvi. 🙂

  3. Those look yummy……visiting you via the Adventures of a DIY Mom party : )

  4. Anonymous says:

    These were great, loved the p.B. frosting

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  6. I’m so happy to see a recipe for Devil’s Food Cupcakes that doesn’t use a box mix! Pinned 🙂

  7. Hi Joan! I just wanted to let you know that I am passing the Sunshine Award on to you! Thank you for inspiring me 🙂 This link will take you to the award! Be blessed! (Btw, I’ll need 2 cupcakes – one for each hand! 😉 I love … like seriously love, peanut butter and chocolate together! Best combo ever and the person who first put them together was a genius!)

  8. Chocolate and peanut butter….now there’s a combination I’ll never turn down! Must try these!

  9. Oh my goodness! I think I’ve died and gone to HEAVEN! Devil’s food cupcakes with PB frosting… these look incredible. My favorite part is the PB cup on top. 🙂

  10. They are just fabulous Joan. Great to see you’ve got the kids helping, start em young has always been my motto. Hope you’re well sweetheart xxx Dor

  11. I’m totally agree with Nicola – finally a recipe for Devil’s Food Cupcakes that doesn’t use a box mix!
    I’m going to pin them

  12. Suzette says:

    I’ve been looking and looking and looking for the Print button but can’t find one. These cupcakes look, in a word, A-MAZ-ING!!! Chocolate and peanut butter together….who can pass that up? Not me!! I love that you didn’t use a box mix, too!!

  13. oh they look so sinfully good!

  14. These look yummy! I love that your daughter made them herself. Thanks so much for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  15. Wonderful that she made these amazing cupcakes by herself. Congratulations! 😀

  16. Anonymous says:

    thanks for sharing.

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