Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Hot Fudge Filling and Peanut Butter Frosting

This is the kind of recipe that makes me want to forget about the whole college thing and open a cupcake shop. Immediately.

This is the kind of cupcake that I want to take pictures of and picture mail them to everyone I know because I’m so darn proud of them.

This is the kind of recipe that makes me realize that Katherine and Sophie(of DC cupcakes) having nothing on me and my sisters.

This is the kind of recipe that makes me want to do nothing but bake cupcakes all day.

This is the kind of recipe that makes me never want to eliminate gluten, dairy, or sugar from my diet.

This is the kind of recipe that must absolutely never be “healthified”. I guarantee you it won’t taste half as good. If you want to make something healthy just refrain from making insanely rich decadent cupcakes. No substitutions allowed.

My mom said she thinks they’re the best thing I’ve ever made. I’ve made some pretty good things.

Daddy says they taste as good as they look. They’re kind of beautiful, no?

I strayed from Jessica’s recipe slightly in that, rather than using some of the pb frosting as a filling, I just used it on top and filled the cupcakes with some of the extra hot fudge sauce. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I kinda like my way. The frosting is so sweet and rich having it on the inside too might over do it a bit. Rather, the fudge sauce on the inside adds unexpected gooey, chocolatey goodness and a nice moistness to the finished product.  I’ll be honest; it was actually my mom and sister’s idea. See, I’m really not tooting my own horn.

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Hot Fudge Filling and Peanut Butter Frosting

based on this recipe from How Sweet It Is

Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce

1 cup sugar

1 cup dark cocoa powder

2 tablespoons flour

pinch of salt

1 cup water or milk

1 tablespoon of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Combine sugar, cocoa, salt, and flour in a medium size bowl. Bring water or milk to a boil. Once boiling, Gradually pour hot liquid into the sugar mixture. Stir constantly until mixture thickens.

Once it has reached the desired thickness, remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Set Aside.

Cupcake Batter

makes 12 cupcakes

1 egg

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon heavy cream

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 1/8 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup dark cocoa powder

1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup homemade fudge sauce (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, whisk egg and sugar until smooth and no lumps remain. Add milk, cream, butter and vanilla, and mix until combined, add sour cream. Stir in flour, coco powder, baking soda, and salt . Mix until batter is smooth, then swirl in fudge sauce. Line a muffin tin with liners and using a 1/4 cup measure, add batter to each cup. Bake for 15-18 (it took me more like 20-25 but my oven is a little wacky)minutes. Let cool before frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup peanut butter

3 cups of powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 of milk

pinch of salt

Cream butter and peanut butter together in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add powdered sugar with mixer on low speed and gradually add milk and vanilla extract. Mix until frosting is smooth. If too thick, add more milk; if too thin, add more sugar.


Once cupcake have cooled completely use a knife to cut two slits into the cupcakes, forming one X shaped slit. Inject hot fudge sauce into the cupcakes using either an icing bag with a very small tip or, preferably, put the fudge sauce into a squeeze top bottle (like the kind chefs use to decorate plates and for salad dressings). The sauce will soak into the cupcakes. Once this happens feel free to inject with a bit more fudge sauce. Top with peanut butter frosting and drizzle with more fudge sauce. Enjoy!

I plan to make these again very soon to take to some of my friends. Hopefully I will get  step by step photos up after that.

My cousins sure liked them :)

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19 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Hot Fudge Filling and Peanut Butter Frosting

  1. I love making cupcakes for people! Even if they’re not healthy! Haha, you’re right, sometimes recipes just CAN’T be healthified! They look AMAZING, great job!

    • Thanks! Usually I’m all for making things a little healthier, but not with these. Sometimes you just need the real thing. Plus, these are pretty rich so half of one is plenty. I’m actually thinking of making mini ones.
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      • These cupcakes look un real! ur an amazingly talented baker!! just one quick question!! im from england and just wanted to know what a ‘cup’ is in grams?? again well done my mouth watered when i saw these!! thanks <3<3<3 AMAZING!!!

  2. It’s good to treat yourself. I could see myself devouring one (or five) of these while watching a good chick flick. :) Anything with “dark chocolate” and “peanut butter” is bound to be something amazing!

  3. pretty!!!!! and perfect looking!!! yes…i agree..just keep some stuff the way it is.!!!! it’s never the same when u change things up too much.!!!!
    oh, p.s- i put up a prom picture!! :) do you have any up??

  4. Oh my gosh, these look divine!!! I’ve actually never tried a healthified cupcake. I would call it a muffin. I just don’t know if cupcakes should ever be tinkered with.
    I’m just catching up on your posts, and I just wanted to say you looked absolutely AMAZING at prom. Love love love the dress and you rocked it! Making me excited for mine now. Alright I’m gonna go follow you on twitter.

  5. oh my gawd; these look. UN. REAL. I absolutely LOVE dark chocolate..and cupcakes..and peanut butter…and hot fudge! How could I not make these cupcakes!?! And I left you a comment on my blog, but basically I LOVED that first essay question on the AP lang. test yesterday!! I seriously squealed with joy, I was so happy!

  6. well done!! those cupcakes look ultra fantastic!! can u tell me the measurements of a ‘cup’ in grams because in english but i seriously wanna try and make those cakes!! YUM!! <3

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