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Peanut-Filled Devil’s Food Cupcakes

This recipe features a luscious peanut butter filling surrounded by devil's food and then iced with a rich layer of ganache. They're to die for! —Mary Lou Timpson, Colorado City, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • GANACHE:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly. Add vanilla; beat in eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. In another bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and coffee just until blended.
  • Filled prepared cups half full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 15-20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
  • Using a melon baller, scoop out the center of each cupcake, about 1 inch deep. For filling, beat peanut butter and butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Pipe or spoon about 1 tablespoon filling into the center of each cupcake.
  • For ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Spoon scant 1 tablespoon ganache over each cupcake, spreading as needed. Sprinkle with peanuts. Refrigerate until set, about 20 minutes. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 294 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 282mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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