Makes 24 regular or 12 LARGE
For the Cupcakes:
1 box chocolate cake mix 15.25 ounces
3 large eggs
½ cup butter softened
1 cup milk
For the Buttercream:
1 cup butter softened
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
4-6 tablespoons heavy cream
For the Chocolate:
2 cups dark chocolate
1- 2 tablespoon heavy cream
Make the Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, eggs, butter and milk. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
Place paper cupcake liners in a muffin pan.
Use an ice cream scoop to scoop batter into cupcake liners, filling ⅔ of the way full. There should be enough to make 24 cupcakes.
Bake for 19 minutes or until the top of the cupcakes spring back when you touch them.
Allow the cupcakes to cool on a wire rack.
Make the Buttercream:
In a large bowl, beat the butter for 1-2 minutes until it is almost white in appearance.
Beat in the peanut butter and vanilla extract.
Add two cups of powdered sugar and beat well.
Add in the remaining powdered sugar and beat again.
Add heavy cream, one tablespoon at a time, to achieve the buttercream consistency that you’d like for spreading or piping the frosting. If you are piping the frosting, be sure the frosting is not too soft so that it holds shape.
Use Wilton Tip 1M to pipe swirls of frosting on top of the cupcakes. Place the cupcakes in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour so that the frosting can set before dipping in chocolate.
Dip the Cupcakes:
Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe cup or dish. Melt in 20-30 second increments, stirring each time. Once the chocolate starts melting, reduce the time to 10-15 seconds. It’s important to melt the chocolate slowly and stir it often so that it does not burn. Add heavy cream if needed.
Take a cupcake, turn it upside down and dip it quickly down into the melted chocolate. Pull it back up and allow the chocolate to drip off.
Once the excess chocolate has dripped off, turn the cupcake over.
Once the chocolate has completely set, store in an airtight container at room temperature.