White Chocolate Reese’s Cups are the inspiration for these White Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting! This recipe puts a delicious spin on the chocolate-peanut butter combo everyone loves.
Love peanut butter? Try our 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies. Or use more white chocolate reeses like we did in these peanut butter cookie cups!
The Best Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Move over, jelly. Step aside, milk chocolate. White Chocolate is peanut butter’s new perfect match!
The star of this cupcake (and, let’s be honest, most cupcakes) is the frosting. Creamy peanut butter whipped with powdered sugar and real butter to fluffy buttercream perfection. It’s so delicious that you’ll be tempted to skip the cupcakes and just eat a bowl of peanut butter frosting for dessert.
You do NOT want to skip the cupcakes though, folks, no matter how good that frosting sugar rush sounds. Made with real bars of chocolate melted into the batter, this is a White Chocolate Cupcake like you’ve never tasted.
As if that weren’t decadent enough, I also mixed up some classic white chocolate buttercream to pipe onto the cupcakes along with the peanut butter version. I mean, why just have ONE kind of frosting when you can have two?
Life is short. Eat more frosting.
- Egg Whites – Separate them from the yolks a few minutes ahead of time so they can come to room temperature before you make the cupcakes.
- Cake flour – This flour is processed to remove more of the gluten than all-purpose, creating a light and airy cupcake.
- White Chocolate Bar – Use a good quality white chocolate for best taste. I used Green & Black’s. You’ll need some for the cupcake batter and more for the frosting.
- Peanut Butter – Regular, shelf stable creamy peanut butter (like Jif or Skippy) work best.
Step by Step Instructions
STEP 1. Make the cupcake batter
Whisk the egg whites and milk together. In a separate mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together, then add in the dry ingredients and the egg white mixture.
After the other ingredients are combined, fold in a melted white chocolate bar and a little more milk.
STEP 2. Bake the cupcakes
Divide the batter into a lined cupcake tin and bake for about 15 minutes. Let the baked cupcakes cool while you make the frostings.
STEP 3. White Chocolate Frosting
Beat butter in your mixer, then add in the powdered sugar, melted white chocolate and a drizzle of milk. Keep beating until fluffy and fully combined, then transfer to a frosting bag.
STEP 4. Peanut Butter Frosting
Make the peanut butter frosting the same way as the white chocolate frosting, adding peanut butter in lieu of white chocolate. Transfer this to another frosting bag and get ready to pipe!
STEP 5. Frost the cupcakes
Put both smaller pastry bags inside of an extra large pastry bag. Swirl the frostings onto the cupcakes however tall you like. I like a LOT of frosting on mine so I pipe it on extra high.
Tips & Tricks
- Use a 6S tip to make the frosting look like the cupcakes in these pictures.
- The peanut butter frosting is light so you won’t see the swirl. That’s okay–you’ll taste it in each bite!
- To get the perfect sized cupcake, fill the liners only half full. This ensures even baking and a flat top perfect for holding all of that extra delicious frosting.
- Garnish with a mini white chocolate peanut butter cup for a pretty (and tasty) finishing touch!
I do not recommend substituting all purpose flour for the cake flour in this recipe. The cake flour has a lower gluten content giving the cupcakes an irresistible light consistency.
You can make the cupcakes and frosting even without a pastry bag. Use a ziploc bag and cut the corner
Shelf stable creamy peanut butters work best in frosting. The oils don’t separate like most natural peanut butters which helps the frosting stay smooth well combined. The plain ol’ jar of Skippy in your cupboard is perfect–no need to get fancy!
The best way to store frosted cupcakes is in an airtight container. Use a bigger container to leave plenty of room between the cupcake frosting and the lid. The beautiful swirls of frosting will stay in tact and your cupcakes will stay good for 3 or 4 days.
More Peanut Butter Recipes
- Peanut Butter Bars: peanut butter cookie crust topped with a peanut butter ganache (yeah, there is such a thing) then topped with Reese’s pieces and PB cups!
- Peanut Butter Cup Cookies: big PB cookies made in my muffin top (whoopie pie) pan. Filled with more Reese’s cups!
- Peanut Butter Granola Bars
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge: A rich, soft chocolate fudge topped with peanut butter ganache. Perfect any time of year!
It’s the scrumptious marriage of white chocolate and peanut butter makes these cupcakes so wonderful! White Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting are a must try dessert for peanut butter lovers.
Can I use this recipe to make a cake with instead of cupcakes? This recipe looks great!
White chocolate Reese’s??? I’ve never seen such an animal but, if I ever do, my hips are doomed! 🙂
I’ve been meaning to check these little guys out ever since I saw them on Instagram! They look beautiful and DELICIOUS Aimee! Your cupcakes always come out perfect, and I LOVE white chocolate! 🙂
Ummmm, these NEED to happen in my life. Like, yesterday.
Haha Ari 🙂
Those look beautiful! You’ve totally got the whole frosting thing down.
Thanks Carrian, I make a lot of cupcakes so I get a lot of practice!
I have frosting envy. Your cupcakes always look fantastic and frosting is so light and fluffy looking!
Lots of practice 🙂
Oh baby! These look AMAZING! Yummy!! Thanks for linking up your ideas at I Heart Nap Time! 🙂 XO
Thanks Jamielyn! You throw a great party!
Love me some peanut butter! These look so good, you could eat the picture, but I will refrain! 🙂
Yes, I am not liable if you eat your computer!! it won’t taste as good as the real thing either 😉
Oh boy! These look absolutely scrumptious. I can understand why your hubby said they’re the best cupcake ever. I’m not a huge PB fan myself but my kids are….I’m tempted to make them but afraid I won’t be able to stop eating them myself too. LOL…but I think they look so good,m and beautiful, and decadent, they totally worth the “risk”. 😉 Have a great weekend.
They are definitely worth the risk 🙂
These look amazing! White chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite combinations!
Thanks Robin. I’m a big fan of it now too!!! And I’m so excited to meet you at FBF!!!!
I truly need this in my life. LOVE peanut butter!
I agree, it’s a necessity of life!! Thanks for stopping by Kiran!!
These are insane! haha in a very very good way. I love peanut butter and white chocolate together : ) And I love that swirl for the frosting – I keep meaning to try something like that out whenever I make cupcakes
The swirl is so easy, you need to try it 🙂
These look amazing Aimee, I don’t use the combination of white chocolate and peanut butter enough! I will be trying these 🙂
I don’t either, but I think that needs to change!!!
Those are some gorgeous cupcakes! My husband and daughter would go nuts for these! I’m not a peanut butter fan, so I’d probably swap out the PB for Biscoff spread instead. 🙂
Oooh, I have made Biscoff frosting before and let me just say, get your stretchy pants on. Delish!
These look amazing! Peanut butter frosting??!! Yes, please!
Your wish is my command!!! Thanks for stopping by Ashley 🙂
Those cupcakes look beautiful and delicious! I love that you swirled the frosting!
Thanks Laura. I love a good frosting to cupcake ratio of 1:1, haha!!!
I just licked my computer screen. That peanut butter frosting is killing me. My green juice just lost its appeal.
LOL, wish I had a picture of you licking the screen 🙂 I had green juice for lunch…although I won’t even get into what I ate after lunch (a delicious addicting treat that will be on the blog Sunday)!!!
Oh no these cupcakes may turn me into a pb lover then! 😉 I’m not a big fan of it either BUT I love love love white chocolate, and cupcakes….soooo maybe pb can get thrown in there too. Just this once heehee.
Have an awesome weekend Aimee!
Together you and I will LOVE peanut butter with these cupcakes. I’m telling you, the frosting is dreamy!!!
Oh my gosh – I love peanut butter icing and white chocolate! These look to die for!
Thanks Lindsay, that’s how I feel about your Bundt Cake!!
These look airy, white, and delicious! I’ve never tried white chocolate Reese’s, or white chocolate with peanut butter at all, for that matter. This is something I need to look into!
Oh you need to find them and give them a try!!! LOVE the white chocolate Reese’s!