Peanut Butter Cup Banana Cupcakes


Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Banana Cupcakes at www.somethingswanky.comToday I’m grateful for: good books and a love of reading.

I’m not even ashamed to specify that I’m especially grateful for teenage sci-fi literature. Because I really love that stuff.

Seriously. I read Twilight and Hunger Games like it’s my job. I have sort of a manic personality, and it really makes “getting caught up” in a good book difficult. Because once I start reading, I seriously can’t put it down (and, of course, both of these series are complete, so you have to finish the series to actually “finish” the book). And while I can’t put the book down, nothing else in my life gets done.

Not blog posts.

Not social networking.

Not cleaning my apartment.

Not bathing, feeding, or clothing my child…

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Banana Cupcakes at

But, let’s set all that aside.

Because, really, is there anything better than getting lost in a great series? Even if you’re reading it while the dishes pile up and your family starves to death?

I submit that there is not.

Well… obviously, I mean there’s nothing better than getting lost in a great series while stuffing your face with dessert. That makes it a little better ;)

And you could actually feel good about feeding your starving family these cupcakes– the protein in the bananas and peanut butter practically make these a meal.

Peanut Butter Cup Banana Cupcakes


    For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • For the Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting:
  • 1/2 c. butter, room temperature or margarine
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (use creamy if you want to pipe on the cupcakes)
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2-3 tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 c. cocoa powder
  • Additional:
  • 24-26 Reese's Cups


    For the Cupcakes:
  1. Beat together the peanut butter, bananas, and the sugar until creamy.
  2. Mix in the vegetable oil, eggs, buttermilk, and baking soda.
  3. Gradually mix in the flour until batter is formed.
  4. Line 2 muffin tins (for 24 total cupcakes) and place an unwrapped Reese's Cup in the bottom of each cup. Pour 1/4 cup of batter over each Reese's Cup.
  5. Bake at 350º for 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Let cupcakes cool on a wire rack.
  7. Meanwhile, whisk together in a stand mixer the peanut butter and the butter.
  8. Gradually whisk in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Whisk in the cocoa. Add the vanilla and the milk in between the powdered sugar to help keep the consistency smooth (only adding as much milk as needed for desired consistency, don't add it all at once).
  9. Pipe or spread the frosting over top of the cupcakes.
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The peanut butter banana cupcake portion of this recipe came from Crazy For Crust’s Fluffernutter Nutella Banana Bread (which I’ve made twice, by the way. It’s amazing).



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  1. peanut butter, chocolate, and banana – a trifecta winning the way to my heart. You simply CANNOT go wrong with the three Ashton! and I am IN LOVE with the hiding reese’s cup stuffed inside! the BEST kind of surprise if you ask me!
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  2. I love the Reese cup that you put on the bottom!! What a fun surprise to bite into. :)
    Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection recently posted..Apple Cream Cheese MuffinsMy Profile

  3. Once I saw that peanut butter cup inside I was sold!
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie recently posted..Peanut Butter MarshmallowsMy Profile

  4. OMG I just saw the last movie and I’m SO sad! I get like that with series too. I think my child watched more TV during my reading of the Twilight series than in her whole 4 years prior.

    I’m glad you liked the bread, and I’m VERY glad you turned it into these cupcakes. MAN they look GOOD!

    {Oh, and I have that same fabric remnant and that same cake platter, but in pink. LOL We were meant to be BFFs.}
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  5. I am with you on the good book series! I am reading Park Avenue 666 series right now! Plus I watch it on TV also! Love it and I love these cupcakes! Between you and Dorothy and Hayley I am getting fat just reading these posts! Love them all!
    Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen recently posted..Buffalo Wing HaogiesMy Profile

  6. Oh holy goodness!!!! That cupcake has me drooling! I seriously puffy heart love peanut butter, banana, and chocolate….especially when all three are together in one amazing cupcake! Kudos on the hidden pb cup…I love it:-)
    Jocelyn @BruCrewLife recently posted..Trick or Treat TuesdayMy Profile

  7. I have a series for you to read. It’s by Terry Goodkind and the series is called Sword of Truth. The first book is Wizard’s First Rule. It’s wonderful! This series made me love scifi/fantasy.
    Shiloh Barkley recently posted..Post Halloween Retail TherapyMy Profile

  8. Two things I love, bananas combined with peanut butter and chocolate and a good book series. Maybe in that order. And now, after reading this post, I just want to stuff my face with both. For hours. Pinning!

  9. I love the whole banana peanut butter chocolate thing…what great cupcakes
    and I agree – protein, fruit, dairy in the chocolate – it’s a well balanced breakfast in my book
    Heather @French Press recently posted..{no cook} Chocolate Chia Seed MousseMy Profile

  10. Banana and peanut butter is one of my favorite combinations! Love the Reese’s pb cup on the bottom!
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction recently posted..Chai Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake BarsMy Profile

  11. Whoa now. Banana and pb and chocolate? Can I move in with you? This looks amazing. Those cupcakes–hubba hubba.
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel recently posted..White Chocolate Peppermint CookiesMy Profile

  12. I adore those tiny black threads that run through banana breads! And I can see them in your cupcake too…

    I won’t start books until I know I’m not going to busy for the next few days because I have the same problem!
    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen recently posted..Orange Cranberry Swirl BreadMy Profile

  13. HOW did I miss this post? First, I am the same way with books. Is it ridiculous that I actually try to make dinner WHILE reading fiction books?? And second? The Reese’s cup in the bottom of this cupcake? Genius!
    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl recently posted..Skinny Eggnog Pie {With a Gingersnap Crust}My Profile

  14. Leticia says:

    Why is your frosting chocolatey-lookin if you only used peanut butter? Did you add some cocoa to the frosting mix?

  15. Ashton, this is lovely. It would be great if you linked it to Food on Friday: Muffins & Cupcakes. The showcases from this Food on Friday have not yet been selected. This link will take you to my home page where you will find a sidebar with links to all the different Food on Fridays. So that I know you have linked and can be sure to pin to the board I have for each one, please do leave a short comment. Cheers


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