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Peanut Butter Cream filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Today this lil’ blog o’ mine turns 1! I can’t believe how much blogging has changed my life. I know that may sound a little over the top, but honestly it has. I could never have imagined the opportunities for friendships, creativity and inspiration! I have never felt more inspired in my life.  Truly.

A year ago, I really didn’t know anything about bloggyland, let alone the vastness of it! I was very intimidated (and still am) by all the amazing creativity out there, but I put on my blinders and tackled this blog the way I wanted. So A Pretty Life in the Suburbs was born, and has grown and changed so much, and I hope it continues to do so! 

Thank you all for reading my blog and keeping me inspired! And here is where I should thank my mom specifically, because she’s really the reason I started all of this in the first place!  So Mom, thank you so much for the inspiration!

So let’s eat cake.

For this bloggy birthday, I made Chocolate Cupcakes filled and topped with Peanut Butter Cream Frosting. De-lish-ous-ness.

The cupcake is a little like a cross between a regular chocolate cupcake and a brownie. It’s good, BUT if you have a tried and true chocolate cupcake recipe, go with that.  But this frosting is to die for!  It’s absolutely going to be a staple in my cake baking. I could eat it by the spoonful.  I may or may not have already.  Just sayin’.


Chocolate Cupcakes Peanut Butter Cream Frosting

  • Yield: 12 1x



The Cupcakes:

  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

The Peanut Butter Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 24 tbsp cream
  • Cups Reese’s Peanut Butter for garnish


The Cupcakes:

  1. Sift together cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Into the butter/sugar mix, beat in the eggs, one at a time. Then beat in the vanilla.
  4. Add half of the flour mix to the butter/egg mix, and half of the sour cream. Mix. Then add the remaining flour and sour cream. Mix well.
  5. Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full with the batter.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
  7. When the cupcakes are done baking, let them cool completely before filling with the peanut butter cream frosting. At least 1 hour.

The Frosting:

  1. Beat butter and peanut butter together until fluffy.
  2. Slowly add the icing sugar, and 2 tbsp of milk. Beat until fluffy and there are no lumps.
  3. If the icing seems too thick, add more milk. You want it just thick enough to be able to pipe.

Putting the cupcakes together:

  1. Using a little knife, core out a little circle of cake from the middle of the cupcake.  Make it as big or little as you would like.  If you love a lot of peanut butter yumminess, like we do, make the hole as above (about inch deep and wide).
  2. Fill in all of the holes with the frosting first.  Then use the remaining frosting to icing the cupcakes.
  3. Add chopped up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups on top of the icing.
  4. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Cream filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Filling the cupcakes with peanut butter frosting!

Peanut Butter Cream filled Chocolate Cupcakes


Eat.  Love.  And trust me, you will need a glass of milk.  A big one. 

Happy bloggy birthday to me!

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  • Reply
    my honest answer
    October 25, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Congratulations on reaching a year! That is no mean feat, I know because I’ve just passed the six month marker. Blogging is wonderful, but it’s also hard, and wow, it can take over your life. So congrats to you, you have earned that cupcake. Just wish we could share one over the internet, I’m hungry!

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    October 25, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Oh My! Those cuppy-cakes look divine. Now if I wasn’t trying to lose a few pounds, I’d be trying them tonight! PB and chocolate together is my fave!
    Congrats on your blog birthday! I have only recently joined you here – but I am a big fan of everything you post!

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    October 25, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Happy Blog Birthday!! Your blog is and I’m looking forward to seeing what you do this year. Your cupcakes sound divine and your photography blows me away again! and thank you for the extra special words for me 🙂

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    October 25, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Congratulations on your year anniversary! I just started blogging, and I hope this time next year to be celebrating my first! Thank you for being so inspiring and providing lots of great information for all of us.

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    Catie @ Catie's Corner
    October 25, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Ahh, Happy Bloggy Birthday Jo-Anna!!! I happy I stumbled across your blog months back. And I think it’s pretty cool we’re in the same city. Maybe one day we’ll have to meet up at Crave or something?? Hope you have another fantastic year of blogging!! I look forward to reading every post. =)

    ~ Catie

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    October 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Happy Blog Birthday. Wish I could be there to share a cupcake with you, toast your success, and sing the birthday song. I’ll just have to send it and you can hum along …. I’m a hamburger, hamburger, hamburger, and today is your birthday! I’m juicy and delicious, and I just want to say, happy birthday, birthday, birthday, to you!

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    October 25, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Congratulations on a successful blog – just beautiful- especially today’s post! Yum!

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    October 25, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    I’ll be pinning this immediately. Your photo is great!

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    October 25, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    happy 1st birthday, and wowzer on this cupcake!

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    Ali Richardson
    October 25, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Happy happy Bloggy Birthday Jo-Anna!!!!! Omg, those cupcakes look SO good. Drooling over here in Cali!!

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    October 25, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Happy blog-birthday!!! Congratulations on your success!

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    October 25, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    that cupcake looks soooo yum!!!

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    October 25, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Happy Bloggy B-day! Cupcake looks delish. Love the preppy argyle touch as well!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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    October 25, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Happy anniversary! I love the creations on your blog as well. Yes, Blogging truly can change a life. 🙂 I look forward to many many more wonderful posts from your blog.

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    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground
    October 26, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    Happy blog-birthday, Jo-Anna! I enjoy reading this little blog o’ yours!
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

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    The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥
    October 26, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    oh bestill my heart — these look amazing! these are a MUST MAKE!!!! thanks for sharing and so glad that i saw you on whatever wednesday! hugs from your newest follower!

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    October 26, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Oh my yumminess! This cupcake is dangerous to have around the house! They look amazing!

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    October 26, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    oh so yummy

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    Lady Behind The Curtain
    October 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Your cupcake looks delicious! Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY at LADY BAHIND THE CURTAIN and share your recipe with us?
    I hope to see you there!

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    Jenn A
    October 27, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Those cupcakes look amazing!! Chocolate and peanut butter are a fav of mine. I will be trying these out in the very near future! Thanks for sharing, and CONGRATS!

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious
    October 27, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    These cupcakes are gorgeous!! And happy blogiversary! What a great flavor combo too.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    October 27, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    wow i just found your site! Love it! So glad to find it

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    October 27, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Congratulations on your anniversary!!! These cupcakes look fantastic. I adore peanut butter cream frosting too!

    (If you are interested, I posted a to-die-for chocolate cake recipe this past month – not my original recipe, so I’m not looking for credit. I’m just giddy to have found a go-to chocolate cake recipe at last! No joke, best chocolate cake I’ve ever made. I’ve since made it as a sheet cake and cupcakes both for two different occasions and it’s been absolutely perfect.)

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    October 27, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Happy Bloggy Birthday!!! Those look and sound delectable!
    Thank you for the recipe.
    Hugs, Cindy

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    October 28, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    These look amazing! I am so hungry now..sheesh 😉

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    Nicole [The Lovely Poppy]
    October 28, 2011 at 1:57 AM

    these look SOOOO good- i’m stopping by from the follower fest and would love for you to visit my blog and checkout the huge giveaway going on- xoxo nicole

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    October 28, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    yummy! i wanna go bake something!

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    October 28, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Hello! I found your blog through the Follower Fest going on at Casey’s. I’m now a follower of your blog too. That cake looks YUMMY!!! And I absolutely love your blog!! Happy Blogiversary!

    Digger ~xoxo~

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    Possible Baker
    October 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Happy Blog Birthday!! Delicious looking cupcakes! The PB frosting is the best- I use in the For Mikey cupcakes that I make for the Bake & Give Project. Hope you are blogging for many more years to come:)

    Jessie B. @ Possible Baker

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    Julia Miller
    October 28, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Happy Blog Birthday 😛
    I’ve only been at it for 5 months,but it’s fun. The cupcake looks AMAZING, wonder if I try and make it if it will turn out as good.

    Come by to say hi from followers fest.

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    Mallorie Owens
    October 28, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    YUM!! Now these look amazing yet dangerous. New follower from followers fest 🙂

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    Sarah {the fontenot four}
    October 28, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Yummy!! New follower from followers fest!

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    Lindsay [rookie's nest]
    October 30, 2011 at 3:33 AM

    Holy MOLY this looks A-MAZING!! Glad to have stumbled upon you through the followers fest! From your newest follower! xo

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    Carmie of the Single Nester
    November 9, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    These really look delicious.

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    Maria (
    May 7, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Belated happy blog birthday! I made these cupcakes and let me tell you they were a huge hit with family and friends! My 12 year old is a choc-pb addict, so these were perfect to make for her birthday! I highly recommend using this cupcake recipe because they were so fudgy and firm, so they held up well to this amazing peanut butter frosting! I ended up adding several extra tablespoons of heavy cream in order to pipe it, as it is pretty thick! I had some extra frosting, so I’ll be making some brownies and frosting them with it!

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      A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
      May 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Maria! I am so happy you liked these – we thought the icing was to die for too!! Yeeeeeuuuuummmmm!

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    Carrie Burrill
    August 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    I am dieing over this cupcake! It looks amazing, thanks for sharing Jo-Anne!

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    Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden
    September 4, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    These cupcakes are absolutely adorable and images is just fantastic! I’ve fall in love with them! Great job!

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