Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 25th June 2010

For the last few weeks I’ve found myself thinking back to my years in elementary school, not really sure why.  It could be Marly’s series, Real People, Real Names. Marly’s had me thinking about my proper name, the name my parents chose for me, the name I haven’t used since I began elementary school.

A photo of 3 One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting on a white dish placed on a wooden placemat.

It could be father’s day and reminiscing about times spent with my Dad.  I remember waiting in anticipation for him to get home from work, preparing his clothes and his slippers. He’d come home from a long, hard day working in the construction trade, bits of concrete on his hands, clothes and shoes.

A photo of 3 One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting on a white dish placed on a wooden placemat.

It’s funny what you remember, for me, it’s the scruff on his face from not shaving for 24 hours, and he’d always jokingly pick me up and rub the scruff on my face as I tried to resist. I especially remember after he’d showered, I’d watch as he lathered up and within minutes of gliding that sharp blade on his face it became so smooth and soft and I clearly remember the scent of his cologne.

A photo of 2 One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting on a gold pattern napkin.

It could be the visit to the hospital with my son, Matt, the other day.  My mother worked at the hospital when I was in elementary school.  Some weeks I only saw her in the mornings before leaving for school because she worked the evening shift. While we waited in the emergency department for Matt to be seen by one of the physicians I went to the cafeteria to get a coffee and I saw the table that my Mom and her colleagues used to sit at and eat their dinner.

A photo of 4 One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting on a glass cake stand.

It brought me right back to the times my father used to put me in the car and take me to visit Mom on her dinner break.  I think he knew how much I missed her during those weeks that she wasn’t home to share dinner with us or wasn’t able to kiss me goodnight.

A photo of 3 One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting on a gold pattern napkin.

Or maybe it’s all the cupcakes I’ve baked over the last month or so.  If I remember correctly, cupcakes were the first sweet treats I ever learned to bake.  Have you ever noticed, cupcakes always bring a smile to people’s faces, doesn’t matter if you’re serving them to children or to adults.They are so simple to make, they come in various sizes and they’re decorated in so many different ways.

A photo of 3 One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting on a white dish.

This week I’ve had Reese’s peanut butter cups on the brain, did you know they were created in 1928?  It’s been my favourite since childhood.  It’s been weeks since I’ve had any in the house and I just had to pick some up the other day.  I thought to myself, chocolate, peanut butter, these flavours would be great in a cupcake and with the weekend coming up it would be a great treat to have in the house.

A photo of 2 One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting.

Martha’s recipe for One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes was the perfect choice for the chocolate component, as the name implies everything comes together in one bowl, so easy.  If you have a good quality cocoa in your pantry you’ll want to pull it out for this recipe.

A photo of a group of One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting on a bunch of reese's pieces peanut butter cup chocolate wrappers.

It will give the cupcakes a deep, dark colour and of course great flavour. These cupcakes are extremely moist because the recipe calls for vegetable oil instead of butter.  When filling the cupcakes I was really indulgent, I added a miniature Reese’s peanut butter cup to each cupcake.

A photo of 6 One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting.

Have you ever tried Peanut Butter Frosting?  It is absolutely incredible, super creamy and insanely delicious!

A photo of a One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting with mini reese's pieces cups stacked on the side.

What a combination, I’ll warn you, if you add the peanut butter cups as I did they are incredibly rich, but wow, are they good!

A photo of a One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting.

A photo of 3 One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting on a white dish placed on a wooden placemat.

 

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Comments (30)

30 Responses to “One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting”

  1. Marly Says:

    I don’t know about everyone else, but I think you should reminisce more often! Especially if it means you post about recipes like this one. Spectacular!

  2. Grace Says:

    These are sinfully delicious Marly, I won’t be eating too many of these!

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  4. sippitysup Says:

    Dreamy! GREG

  5. SugarCooking Says:

    I love anything with chocolate and peanut butter. These look awesome!

    P.S. Your pictures are looking fabulous!

  6. Grace Says:

    Thank you Sarah, did Marly have a chance to connect with you yet? She’s had a bit of a crazy week.

  7. Cheryl Piemonte Says:

    I can’t wait to make these cupcakes. My husband and I love chocolate and peanut butter. I also can’t wait to make them with my grandchildren this summer.

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  9. Janice Says:

    I tried these and they were wonderful. The cake portion is not too sweet so it is a perfect match for the rich icing. Love the piece of pb cup on top so folks know exactly what flavors are in the cupcake.

  10. Grace Says:

    So happy you enjoyed Janice

  11. SMITH BITES Says:

    such great memories Grace – bittersweet, yes? Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were one of those candy bars that I just couldn’t get enough of years ago – I don’t eat them anymore but get cravings for one every now and again – these would fit the bill nicely!

  12. Annie Says:

    Your post about your childhood has me wondering if we aren’t somehow related or something. My real name is suzanne. Annie is the nickname my parents gave me at birth. My dad was also a construction worker. We also share a love of peanut butter and chocolate. Your cupcakes look so sinfully delicious that they have me thinking about cheating on my diet!

  13. Evan Thomas Says:

    These look excellent! Perfect presentation, too.

  14. Grace Says:

    Thanks Evan

  15. Grace Says:

    Isn’t it amazing how food can conjure up so many memories. I miss my Dad so much! He was an amazing Man and there are so many times I wish he were to talk to.

  16. Grace Says:

    Yes definitely bittersweet Debra. I love to indulge in Reese’s every once in a while, okay maybe more than every once in a while but they are so good!

  17. penny aka jeroxie Says:

    Thanks for sharing this story!

    And Reese :)

  18. Cajun Chef Ryan Says:

    Wow, these are great. My son would die if I made these for him, he is a Reese’s junkie!

    Bon appetit!
    CCR
    =:~)

  19. Christina Says:

    Man would those really hit the spot!

  20. fooddreamer Says:

    These are just spectacular, I’d like to climb right through my computer and eat them. Thanks for sharing some of your childhood with us.

  21. Contstructive criticism Says:

    You should use a larger star tip with frosting that stiff. It does not look creamy or appetizing in your photos.

  22. Grace Says:

    Thanks for your tip, I’ll remember that for next time but the icing wasn’t stiff it was actually very creamy. I am sorry that didn’t come through in the photo.

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    HiThe cikeoos sure look good,I am not much of a coconut fan,but I will give this a try.Ms Recipe

  25. Jo Says:

    I’m attempting this recipe this weekend for a party. However, I’ve decided to make mini-cupcakes, omitting the pb cup. Any advice or tips when using this recipe for minis (i.e. baking time, temp, etc.)? Thanks so much!

  26. Grace Says:

    Hi Jo, I’ve made these as mini’s adding salted caramel, so yummy. To bake the mini cupcakes, line tins with baking cups, fill about two-thirds full and bake at 180 C (350 F) about 15 minutes. This is one of my most favourite chocolate cupcake recipes, they are super moist and delicious. Hope you enjoy!

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  29. mm Says:

    Hi,

    This looks soo good… just wondering can I make it as a cake instead of cupcakes? Thinking of making this for my son’s bday!

  30. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi MM I’ve never made it as a cake but I don’t see any reason you couldn’t.

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