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White Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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.

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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.

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Ingredient Notes

  • 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.
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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!

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Recipe FAQs

Can I substitute all purpose flour for the cake flour?

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.

Can I make this frosting if I don’t have a pastry bag?

You can make the cupcakes and frosting even without a pastry bag. Use a ziploc bag and cut the corner

What kind of peanut butter works best for frosting?

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!

What’s the best way to store frosted cupcakes?

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.

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.

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Yield: 24-30 cupcakes

White Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

White Chocolate Reese's Cups are the inspiration for these Cupcakes. White chocolate cupcakes topped with a creamy Peanut Butter Frosting!

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 5 egg whites, room temperature
  • ¾ cup whole milk, divided
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3.5oz white chocolate bar, melted (I used Green & Blacks)
  • 2 ½ cup cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

For the White Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3.5oz white chocolate bar, melted
  • 1 ½ Tbsp whole milk

For the Peanut butter Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 ½ Tbsp whole milk

Instructions

  1. For the cake, whisk together the egg whites, and ¼ cup of the milk in small bowl until slightly combined. Set aside.
  2. In mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes on medium. Add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Slowly in a steady stream add in the egg white mixture. Beat in remaining milk and melted white chocolate bar.
  3. Fill cupcake liners half full with batter and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Remove and cool in pan 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the frosting, beat butter 5 minutes until it becomes pale in color. Add sugar, melted white chocolate and whole milk. Beat an additional 5 minutes until fluffy. Fill a disposable pastry bag with frosting (no tip on the end). Set aside.
  5. For PB frosing, beat butter 5 minutes until pale in color. Add sugar, peanut butter and whole milk. Beat an additional 3-5 minutes until fluffy. Fill a disposable pastry bag with frosting (no tip on end).
  6. Take a LARGE pastry bag and add both types of frosting, making sure the ends of each bag go down to the bottom. Using a 6S tip, pipe onto cupcakes. The peanut butter frosting is very light, so it's hard to see the swirl. That's okay, you will taste it!!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 441Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 0gSugar: 38gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on February 21, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. White chocolate Reese’s??? I’ve never seen such an animal but, if I ever do, my hips are doomed! 🙂

  2. 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! 🙂

  3. I have frosting envy. Your cupcakes always look fantastic and frosting is so light and fluffy looking!

  4. Love me some peanut butter! These look so good, you could eat the picture, but I will refrain! 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. These look amazing Aimee, I don’t use the combination of white chocolate and peanut butter enough! I will be trying these 🙂

  8. 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. 🙂

  9. I just licked my computer screen. That peanut butter frosting is killing me. My green juice just lost its appeal.

    1. 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)!!!

  10. 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!

    1. Together you and I will LOVE peanut butter with these cupcakes. I’m telling you, the frosting is dreamy!!!

  11. 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!

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