The deliciousness of Semi-Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes far outweighs the effort it takes to make them.
Total Time:35 minutes
1 box chocolate cake mix plus whatever ingredients are called for on the box
1 container vanilla frosting
1 cup creamy peanut butter
12 mini peanut butter cups, optional
Prepare your cupcakes according to package instructions and cool completely.
In a large mixing bowl,combine frosting and peanut butter. It goes more quickly if you use an electric mixer.
From here you can easily just spread the frosting on the cupcakes, but I find that since I took the easy way out with baking the cupcakes, I have time to put in a bit of extra effort in decorating.
I used an open star tip to pipe the frosting on in large swirls. Just be aware that this frosting is quite stiff because of the peanut butter, so you'll have to squeeze harder than usual.
You can also top each cupcake with half a mini peanut butter cup. Be sure to refrigerate them before cutting them in half. They'll also cut easier if you start from the bottom. Press the cut half into the center of your swirl of frosting.