Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes and Kelly’s Cakery

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Electrolux.

Recently BlogHer asked if I would like to share a favorite cake with you all and I couldn’t pass the opportunity up. Partly because I don’t have any cake recipes on this blog for some weird reason and partly because it would be an excuse for me to make a cake.

(Full disclosure: BlogHer is also paying me to write this post and share some information with you. The recipe is one that I’ve chosen to share because, well, it’s a good one that I’ve used many times and would have eventually shared anyway.)

Growing up, my dad was the cake baker in the family. He always used a box of Devil’s Food cake mix and a jar of frosting. He’d usually let me frost the cake and I would take my time spreading a butter knife in crazy patterns all around the cake.

Don’t knock box mixes! I still love them. They are quick and easy and they produce consistently yummy cakes, and as for the frosting, well, I could eat it with a spoon!

I do have a recipe for a homemade chocolate cake that I usually make though. It’s a bit tastier and I feel all accomplished and proud when I make a cake from scratch. Also, I use peanut butter frosting, which means that my kids think I am the best mom ever. Chocolate cake, peanut butter frosting. You can earn some major points with that combination!

My kids always prefer their cakes to be cupcakes, so that’s what I’ve made this time.

Before I share the recipe with you for these scrumptious little chocolate peanut butter treats, let me tell you about Kelly’s Cakery. You all know who Kelly Ripa is right? I thought so. Well, did you know that she loves to bake? In fact, she’s the head of her kids’ school bake sale committee. Kelly and Electrolux (I know you know who they are!) have teamed up to help America raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). They created a website, Kelly’s Cakery, so that we can all have a little fun and help out OCRF. Click here to visit Kelly’s Cakery and decorate a virtual cake for someone you love. Electrolux will donate $1 to  OCRF for each cake sent! Not only will you be helping to raise money for the OCRF, you will also be entered to win a new Induction Range from Electrolux. Win-win, right? Electrolux is also donating $100 to OCRF for every new range sold this month, and have you seen those ranges? They can boil water in 90 seconds. I want one. I need one. I must have one immediately.

Now, go bake a virtual cake and help out OCRF. Then head to the kitchen and make this chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. You won’t regret it.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake
Recipe from Hershey’s

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cup water

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 9-inch round cake pans or line cupcake tins with paper liners.

Combine butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and mix on high for 3 minutes. Stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Add to the butter mixture alternately with the water, beating until well blended.

For cakes, bake 30-35 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. For cupcakes, bake 20-25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Beat the first five ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.

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