Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Bunny Cupcakes

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Can we take a moment to appreciate these awesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Bunny Cupcakes? I mean, what’s not to love about a chocolate cupcake, topped with vanilla frosting, covered in sprinkles and topped with a swirl of vanilla, peanut butter, and chocolate frosting, and THEN finished off with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Easter Bunny candy? This is the ultimate Easter cupcake for sure!

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Can we take a moment to appreciate these awesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Bunny Cupcakes? I mean, what's not to love about a chocolate cupcake, topped with vanilla frosting, covered in sprinkles and topped with a swirl of vanilla, peanut butter, and chocolate frosting, and THEN finished off with a Reese's Peanut Butter Easter Bunny candy? This is the ultimate Easter cupcake for sure!

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Peanut Butter Easter Bunny Cupcakes

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

I think these peanut butter Easter Bunny cupcakes may be the most decadent cupcakes I’ve ever seen!

We love using a box of cake mix to save time here on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, and these cupcakes are no exception.





So you’re going to need a box of chocolate fudge cake mix for these (but if you want to make your own cupcakes from scratch, you totally can. I’ve got my go-to vanilla cupcake recipe here, which also includes the instructions for chocolate cupcakes.)

There are three different flavored frostings on these cupcakes – regular vanilla, as well as peanut butter frosting and chocolate frosting. WHAT? Three flavors on one cupcake! Yes, and they taste amazing!

Not only is it three flavors but they are double frosted. So we have a dome of vanilla frosting on top of the cupcake that gets covered in lots of Easter sprinkles. Then a swirl of the tri-flavor frosting goes on top of that!

The final flourish is a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Bunny inserted in the top. They’re called Reester Bunnies which I think is so funny!

Make these cupcakes for your Easter celebrations, everyone is going to LOVE them!

If you’re an experienced cake maker you can probably jump straight to the recipe at the end of this post and get baking! But if not, please read through the steps as I’ve got lots of tips and suggestions along the way!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

You may have some baking ingredients in your kitchen already – the full list with measurements is found in the recipe card.

For your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed to make these cupcakes have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

Cupcakes & Frosting Ingredients

Decorating Ingredients

  • Easter Sprinkles – you can use any sprinkles that you like! Make a mix of your own with different single sprinkle types, or buy a ready-made Easter mix. Whatever you use, you will want about 2 cups to decorate the cupcakes.
  • Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Easter Bunnies – if you can’t find these, you could use any kind of mini chocolate Easter Bunnies that you like.

Cupcake Decorating Equipment

Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog! I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. You can mix cup measurements with weighted measurements, but never imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, litres, etc.,).

Peanut Butter Chocolate Easter Cupcakes

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Easter Bunny Cupcakes Recipe Tips

Cupcake Making Tips

  • These cupcakes are made using a box of cake mix – the flavor is enriched by using butter, milk, and eggs, instead of the usual oil, water, and eggs.
  • You can use Easter-themed cupcake liners to bake your cupcakes in if you like or stick to a plain color.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to equally divide the cupcake mixture between the cupcake liners.
  • The cupcakes should be ready in about 20 minutes – test their doneness by inserting a toothpick into the cakes. It should come out clean when the cupcakes are cooked through. Bake for an extra 2 minutes and check again.
  • Cool the cupcakes in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Cupcake Frosting Tips

  • When making the frosting you want the end result to be creamy, smooth, and to hold a stiff peak. You may have to adjust the amount of powdered sugar and cream slightly to achieve the consistency you need.
  • These cupcakes are double-frosting, the first layer is flattened and rounded off a bit to create the base for lots of sprinkles, and then there is a swirl of three-tone frosting on top of that.
  • SPRINKLES! Speaking of sprinkles, use any type you like in this recipe – you’ll need about 2 cups of them to cover the cupcakes.
  • For the first layer, use a small ice cream scoop to add some frosting to the top of the cupcake and smooth into a thick disc. Or pipe a thick ring around the edge of the cupcake and smooth to create a thick disc. You can use a knife or angled spatula to level it off. This layer of frosting is dipped into a bowl of sprinkles to cover completely. Then a swirl of frosting on top of the sprinkle layer.
  • The swirls of frosting on these cupcakes are three-flavor frosting. You can do this in three different ways:
    1. Scoop one-third side of the piping bag with vanilla frosting, another third with peanut butter frosting, and the final third with chocolate frosting. Squeeze the piping bag until the frosting comes out and the three mixes together.
    2. You could use a triple piping bag by putting a piping bag of each color into another piping bag fitted with the tip and frosting as usual. Wilton has a great demonstration video on YouTube that I highly recommend. It’s actually for a double-bag but would work for triple too.
    3. Or why not invest in the Wilton 3-Color Coupler Set which will make piping a breeze even for novices!
  • Use a piping bag fitted with a large star tip for the two-color frosting swirl.
  • If you feel like you are going to be making a lot of cakes and cupcakes in your future, I think it is worth investing in a set of piping tips so that you know you always have the right ones on hand for a recipe.
  • Do not overfill the piping bag with frosting, and make sure you squeeze the frosting down the bag to expel any air bubbles.
  • If you are not confident with your piping skills you can practice on some parchment paper first and scoop the frosting back into the bag to use on the cupcakes. Just make sure you practice with ONE color and not the three mixed together!

More Easter Cupcake Recipes

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How Do I Make Peanut Butter Easter Bunny Cupcakes?

Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, and instructions. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).

How to Make the Ultimate Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

The ultimate Easter Cupcake with three flavors of frosting on a chocolate cupcake and finished off with a peanut butter Easter Bunny candy!

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes

  • 1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1¼ cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs

For the Peanut Butter Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp heavy whipping cream (double cream)

For the Vanilla Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 Tbsps heavy whipping cream (double cream)

For the Chocolate Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp heavy whipping cream (double cream)

For Decorating

  • 2 cups Easter Sprinkles Mix
  • 24 mini Reese's Peanut Butter Easter Bunny candies

Instructions

  1. To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line cupcake pans with 24 cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. Using an electric handheld or stand mixer, place the cake mix, butter, milk, and eggs into a large bowl and mix until combined and smooth.
  3. Use an ice cream scoop to divide the cupcake batter between the liners.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Leave to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
  6. To make the peanut butter frosting, use an electric stand or handheld mixer and add the butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream to the bowl.
  7. Beat on medium speed until creamy and smooth and stiff peaks form. Transfer to another bowl and set aside.
  8. To make the vanilla frosting, use an electric stand or handheld mixer and add the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream to the bowl.
  9. Beat on medium speed until creamy and smooth and stiff peaks form. Transfer to another bowl and set aside.
  10. To make the chocolate frosting, use an electric stand or handheld mixer and add the butter, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream to the bowl.
  11. Beat on medium speed until creamy and smooth and stiff peaks form. Transfer to another bowl and set aside.
  12. To decorate the cupcakes, place a large piping bag fitted with a star tip into a large cup and fold over the sides.
  13. Scoop some vanilla frosting down one-third side, some peanut butter frosting, down the second-third side, and chocolate frosting down the final third. Twist and push down until the frosting starts to mix out of the tip. Set aside.
  14. Pour the sprinkles into a bowl. Set aside.
  15. Use a small ice cream scoop to place some vanilla frosting on top of each cupcake and then smooth into a thick disc.
  16. Dip into the Easter sprinkles mix until well covered.
  17. Pipe swirls of the tri-flavored frosting on top of each dome of frosting. Refill the piping bag as required.
  18. Insert a Reese's Peanut Butter Easter Bunny into each frosted cupcake.
  19. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

    How to Make the Ultimate Easter Bunny Cupcakes
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 600

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