Fluffy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes (Vegan + GF)

Sprinkling chopped peanuts onto a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting

If a Butterfinger sweet grew to become a cupcake, this is able to be it! These decadent peanut butter chocolate cupcakes mix our moist gluten-free chocolate cake combine with a wealthy, FLUFFY vegan peanut butter frosting for a drop-worthy cupcakes combos!

Simply 7 substances and easy strategies required! Let’s make cupcakes, associates!

Bag and bowl of our gluten-free chocolate cake mix next to peanut butter, peanuts, powdered sugar, and vegan butter

This recipe begins with our NEW Chocolate Cake + Cupcake Combine! Have you ever tried it but?

We labored so exhausting to good this vegan, gluten-free combine that additionally occurs to be naturally sweetened and tremendous straightforward to make!

To the combo, merely add oil, water, and vanilla and whisk! Then, take a second to understand how silky, wealthy, and attractive your chocolate cake batter is. We’ll wait.

Gluten-free chocolate cake batter

As soon as baked, let cool and transfer on to the frosting!

Chocolate cupcakes in a muffin tin

We discovered it is actually exhausting to infuse pure peanut butter into frosting due to the pure oil separation that happens.

Nonetheless, after some trial and error, we found that whipping the peanut butter with powdered sugar first stabilizes the peanut butter and permits you to obtain gentle, fluffy peanut butter frosting. It is magic!

Vegan butter in a bowl of powdered sugar and peanut butter

Whip into fluffy peanut butter clouds of bliss. We can’t blame you for sampling just a few finger-fulls (we actually did).

Using a hand mixer to make fluffy vegan peanut butter frosting

All that is left to do is marry essentially the most completely matched taste mixture of all time: CHOCOLATE + PEANUT BUTTER (amiright?).

Frost your cupcakes generously with the peanut butter frosting and garnish with some chopped roasted peanuts for a salty crunch.

Then it is formally sampling time! Put together your self for an eyes-roll-back-in-head sort of moments.

Peanut butter frosting, peanuts, and a cooling rack with chocolate cupcakes

These cupcakes are the proper deal with for Halloween events, though we might argue they deserve a spot at events year-round.

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Partially eaten gluten-free chocolate cupcake topped with peanut butter frosting and chopped peanuts

Prep Time 40 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 20 minutes

Whole Time 1 hour

Servings 12 (Cupcakes)

Course Dessert

Delicacies Gluten-Free, Vegan

Freezer Pleasant 1 month (saved individually)

Does it preserve? 2-3 Days


  • 1/4 cup creamy pure peanut butter (guarantee it solely has one ingredient: peanuts)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (guarantee natural for vegan-friendly)
  • 1/2 cup softened vegan butter (salted // we used Miyoko’s)


  • 1/4 cup finely chopped roasted salted peanuts
  • CUPCAKES: Put together chocolate cupcakes in response to bundle directions. Let cool utterly.

  • FROSTING: To a medium mixing bowl add pure peanut butter and powdered sugar. Whip nicely with an electrical mixer so the powdered sugar totally absorbs the peanut butter’s oil. This ensures the oil won’t separate from the peanut butter sooner or later! It’ll look crumbly at this level, which is regular.

  • Add the softened vegan butter to the peanut butter combination. Whip beginning on a low pace and slowly working as much as excessive. Whip for 1 minute till gentle and fluffy with no peanut butter flecks remaining.

  • If utilizing instantly, you may go away the frosting at room temperature for as much as 1 hour. Or, for later use, place in an hermetic container and retailer within the fridge so it does not soften. When prepared to make use of, let it stand at room temperature for half-hour and provides it a very good stir earlier than frosting your cupcakes.

  • To frost the cupcakes, use a small cookie scoop (we like this one) or tablespoon to scoop out ~1 – 2 Tbsp of frosting and place on a cupcake. Repeat till every cupcake is topped with frosting. If there’s any additional within the bowl, you may divide it evenly between the cupcakes. Use an offset spatula or knife to softly push the frosting to the sides of the cupcakes and clean out the tops. You can too give it slightly swirl if you would like!
  • TOPPING: High every cupcake with ~1 teaspoon of finely chopped peanuts. Get pleasure from at room temperature or retailer within the fridge for as much as 2-3 days, though they’re finest eaten inside 24 hours! Unfrosted cupcakes might be saved within the freezer for as much as 1 month.

*Cake combine requires water, impartial oil, and vanilla extract to make muffins/cupcakes.
*Prep time contains cooling the cupcakes.
*Diet info is a tough estimate calculated with our packaged Chocolate Cake Combine and substances used to organize it.

Serving: 1 cupcakes Energy: 355 Carbohydrates: 37.1 g Proteins: 5.8 g Fat: 22.7 g Saturated Fat: 10.6 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.8 g Monounsaturated Fats: 6.6 g Trans Fats: 0 g Ldl cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 358 mg Potassium: 210 mg Fibers: 4.1 g Sugars: 24.4 g Vitamin A: 0 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 102 mg Iron: 1.2 mg

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