Peanut Butter Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

peanut butter chocolate cupcakes

You guys know I don’t need a holiday to make cupcakes. I will, however, happily use a holiday as an excuse to try a cupcake recipe I’ve been playing with.

Wednesday was most definitely one of those days. There is no way that I could say no to celebrating National Chocolate Cupcake Day!

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Of course, these cupcakes aren’t entirely chocolate. They are, however, the bomb dot com. They use two different batters for a marbled chocolate and peanut butter effect. A rich buttercream icing is colored green for the grass of our pumpkin patch, and a handmade peanut butter chocolate pumpkin sits atop each.

Related: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting 

Peannut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

I think it’s safe to say that these aren’t exactly the healthiest cupcakes I’ve made. It is possible, however, to make them a little better for you by using a few simple items such as unprocessed sugar or natural peanut butter.

The recipe is also easily adjusted for any allergies by simply using a different nut butter or going with chocolate only cupcakes.

To lighten things up even more, you can substitute the 1/2 stick of butter called for in the chocolate side for 1/2 C of natural applesauce. ( I do not recommend doing this with the icing butter, however, that won’t quite work out right.)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

1 cupcake

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes


    For the Peanut Butter Side
  • 1/2 C Organic Flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • For the Chocolate Side:
  • 1/2 C organic flour
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 6 Tbsp turbinado sugar
  • 2 T sour cream
  • 2T milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • For the Icing
  • 1 C butter
  • 1/2 C shortening
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • For the Pumpkin Filling
  • 1/4 C natural peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In one bowl, combine the peanut butter cupcake ingredients. Begin with the dry ingredients and work from there. Mix until fully blended ( about 2-3 minutes)
  3. In a second bowl, combine the chocolate cupcake ingredients. Add everything but the milk, which is added last to thin out the batter. You can add up to 2T based on how thick your batter is.
  4. Add cupcake liners to baking pan and add 1 heaping tablespoon of the chocolate batter to each.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of the peanut butter batter to each baking cup once chocolate done.
  6. Using a toothpick swirl the chocolate and peanut butter batters until a marble pattern forms.
  7. Bake cupcakes 18-20 minutes. ( Always check at 18) They will be finished when you can tap on the top of one and it bounces back at you. Otherwise, you can use a second toothpick to check the center. If it comes out clean they are done.
  8. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack. Cool on rack at least 15 minutes before frosting.
  9. While cupcakes are baking add 1 layer of orange chocolate to pumpkin molds and draw the stem into the mold using green chocolate. Cool for 5-10 minutes.
  10. Melt peanut butter in microwave 30 seconds. Stir powdered sugar into melted peanut butter.
  11. Remove chocolate mold from freezer and add a layer of peanut butter mixture. Chill another 5-10 minutes before adding the final layer of orange chocolate to close the pumpkin.
  12. For the icing combine softened butter, shortening, and powdered sugar. Blend until smooth and desired consistency is reached. If the frosting is too thick 1-2 tablespoons of milk can be added.
  13. Frost cupcakes once cooled and top each with a pumpkin.

Related: Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookie Recipe 

What are your favorite fall flavors? Maybe it was from football game snacks when I was a band nerd or going to craft shows with my family when I was younger but peanut butter has always been a fall favorite for me. It goes perfectly with these cupcakes to make the ultimate fall treat whether it’s #NationalChocolateCupcakeDay or any other day.

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