July 1, 2011

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Mousse

If a double decker version isn't your thing, try a regular one!
The name of these cupcakes says it all!   Chocolate Cupcakes - Delicious and Peanut Butter Mousse - Divine!  If you are a peanut butter and chocolate fan you will go nuts over these cupcakes.   The cupcake is great, but the mousse is really the star!  It is so incredibly light thanks to the whipped cream and it has just the perfect amount of peanut butter flavor.  I think this mousse would be AMAZING layered in a trifle dish!

Chocolate Cupcakes with PB Mousse
adapted from: Stephanie's Kitchen

Peanut Butter Mousse
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. milk
3/4 c. creamy peanut butter
2 c. heavy whipping cream
1 Tbl. vanilla extract

Using a mixer, whip the heavy cream and vanilla until stiff peaks form.  Put in the refrigerator.  In a separate bowl, cream together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk and peanut butter.  Stir in about 1/3 of the whipped cream to lighten up the mixture.  Then, carefully fold in the remaining whipped cream.  It may take a minute or so until it is combined and no white streaks remain.  Refrigerate until very very cold (several hours).  

Chocolate Cupcakes
2 1/4 c. cake flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c. vegetable oil
1 c. cold water
1/2 c. sour cream
1 c. chopped peanut butter cups, for garnish 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa and sugar; set aside.  Cream together the eggs, vanilla, oil, water and sour cream.  Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.  Scoop evenly between 24 lined muffin cups and bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool slightly, remove from pans and set on cooling rack to cool completely.  Yield: 24 cupcakes.    

To assemble double layered cupcakes:  Remove wrappers from cupcakes.  Cut cupcakes in half horizontally.  Pipe mousse onto the bottom cupcake half.  Place the top half of the cupcake over the mousse.  Pipe more mousse on the top of the cupcake.  Top with chopped peanut butter cups.  Serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator.      

Jenn's Notes:  I cut the cupcake recipe in 1/4 and had enough batter for exactly six cupcakes.  I baked mine for 18 minutes and they were perfect.  I made half of the mousse and had tonz leftover.  If you end up doing single layer cupcakes, I would definitely cut the mousse in half or you will have way too much.  Immediately after the cupcakes cooled, I tried to pipe on the peanut butter mousse.  It was way too soft and got a little messy.  So, if you are going to make a double layer cupcake make sure to refrigerate the mousse for several hours or overnight if possible.  I don't think the double layered cupcakes would transport very well.  The mousse firms up when refrigerated, but it softens pretty quickly once removed from the fridge and it makes the top cake layer a little unstable.  They sure are yummy!!!      


  1. Oh my, what an insanely yummy recipe!! Thanks for sharing the recipe and your tips about it. I think I'll try this, but as a cake instead. (I always botch cupcakes for some reason).

    I'd love for you to link this and any other cupcake post you have at the month long Cupcake Link Party!


  2. Wow these look ridiculously good!!! Some of my favorite flavors combined :)

  3. That looks fantastic. I'm digging the double decker.

  4. What a yummy treat, so glad I found you via Designs by Gollum. I hope you can join the Momtrends recipe linky and share your divine creation:


  5. Seriously Jenn - these are right up my alley! Chocolate and peanut butter are so my weakness!! Thanks for sharing this at Saturday Social!


    Jenn @ Social Salutations

  6. Yum! Found you from Sweets for a Saturday. This cupcakes look amazing!!

  7. This looks delicious! I love the idea of peanut butter mousse! Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  8. Mmmmm..... my favorite sweet ingredients combined.... peanut butter and chocolate! I'm gonna have to save this one :)

  9. Those cupcakes look so yummy--and chocolate and peanut butter are a great combo!

  10. These cupcakes looks amazing! I love peanut butter and chocolate together!
    What a great blog--I wish I could eat cake for dinner every night!

  11. These cupcakes looks amazing! Very beautiful and delicious!

  12. I like the double decker version. I figure, if it is good, why not have two for the price of one. As a mousse fan, this is a winner, before I even make it.

    I would be thrilled if you would link this to Bake with Bizzy on my blog. Thanks for considering it.

  13. those look awesome! i would much prefer the double decker one, lol. so good.

  14. These look great! Think I'll have to try this recipe soon!!!!

  15. Ok. These look crazy divine! I love your "Jenn's Notes" section. I am so glad that I stopped by your blog. I am your newest follower!

  16. Oh they do look yummy!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  17. I think this is the only chocolate cupcake I would ever eat! YUM! Not a huge chocolate person but the PB mouse... oh my! :)

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  18. Holy scrumptious! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-link-up-2.html. I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

  19. Wow! I've got to try these! Please link your incredible recipe up at Muffin and Cupcake Monday. Thanks!

  20. o i would totally be a double decker! this rocks:) i love it, looks so yummy:)

  21. Love the name of your blog! Too cute! These look so yummy. :) Following you from Tip Junkie‘s link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. Hope to see you there. :)


  22. These are so beautiful. I love the double-decker concept. I think it does a better job of distributing the frosting throughout the whole cupcake...a complaint I've always had with traditional cupcakes!

  23. This recipe looks so good. I would love it if you came over to my party "Cast Party Wednesday" tomorrow and shared some of your recipes with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  24. Thanks so much for linking your delicious recipe up at Muffin and Cupcake Monday!

  25. Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Confessional this week! You were featured, so grab a button and get your brag on! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/as-i-write-this-i-am-having-major-sugar.html
    I can't wait to see what you wow us with next week.

  26. This looks just amazing!! I'm so glad you linked it up to Think Pink Sundays - I featured you today!! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/07/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-13/

  27. These look so good!
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I can't wait to see more from you on Sunday!

  28. I couldn't email you back because your account doesn't show your email. But I just wanted to say you are so stinkin sweet! Thanks for following me. :) I can't wait to make these cupcakes. So much for losing weight...

  29. My sister pulls all of her cupcakes apart and eats them like a sandwich, you've just done that for her! Love them!


  30. Hi, I wanted to thank you for visiting Cast Party Wednesday last week. I would love it if came back tomorrow and shared more of your recipes with me.
    I hope to see you there!

  31. Oh my! These look dangerously delicious....I have to definitely try these! :)

  32. I tried these out a couple weeks a go. They were a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge hit at my work's Charity Bake Sale. I have to say I used a box chocolate cake mix so PB Mousse was the start of the show. I had to transport so I made a regular cupcake. They looked so gourmet and everyone thought I was a professional chef!! Thanks!


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