A little boy who was turning 8 wanted cupcakes that were reminiscent of peanut butter cups. Delicious idea! Originally, his mom asked for peanut butter cake with chocolate icing. I decided instead that in order to be more like peanut butter cups, they needed to be chocolate stuffed with peanut butter with more chocolate on top. I made my standard chocolate cupcakes which are not very sweet and generously filled them (pictured above) with a delicious, creamy peanut butter filling. Then they were topped with a sweet chocolate buttercream. They were quite decadent and not for the "I'm not really a sweets person" person. I thought they were just to die for and will be making them again for my father in law's birthday this weekend since he loves peanut butter cups. I felt they really were a great representation of peanut butter cups in cake form.
If you like filled cupcakes, try your hand at making them yourself! It's not hard or terribly time consuming. I don't bother cutting a piece out to fill them. You can just stick a tip directly into the cupcake and squeeze gently until they are filled. You will be able to tell by the weight and how the top looks. It will begin to split or crack open if you overfill. You can buy special tips or just try it with a tip that you already have. You can fill cupcakes with pretty much anything you'd like and make countless combinations. It's fun and would be a great project with kids!