Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

Peanut butter and jelly brings back so many memories of my childhood.  There's all those times that I took a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in my Hello Kitty lunchbox to school.  Then there's that song we used to sing in elementary school, you know, the one that goes:  Peanut . . . peanut butter.  And jelly!  And jelly!  I even remember one time in fourth grade where we were supposed to write down the directions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and then the teacher would follow our directions exactly and try to succeed in making the sandwich.  Naturally, when you're only nine years old, you forget to write down things like, "Open the jar of peanut butter," or "Use a knife to spread the jelly."  Needless to say, it was an extremely funny exercise.  

And now, even as an adult, the peanut butter and jelly combo just never gets old.  It's just so good!  Which is why I had to make a peanut butter and jelly cupcake, for old times sake and for the kid in you that never gets old. 


I used the peanut butter cake recipe from Brown Eyed Baker and changed it slightly by using some brown sugar in place of the white and adding more milk.  I think the extra milk made for much tenderer cupcake and I was very pleased with how the crumb came out.  These cupcakes were super peanut buttery in every bite, soft, and stayed moist for days (even in the fridge).  Paired up with a grape jelly filling and topped with peanut butter cream cheese frosting, they were peanut buttery perfection. 

So go ahead, make these cupcakes, grab a glass of milk, and enjoy a sweet version of peanut butter and jelly that will make you smile. 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes (adapted from Brown-Eyed Baker)

1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 c. salted butter, at room temperature
2/3 c. sugar
2/3 c. light brown sugar
2/3 c. creamy peanut butter
3 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. Greek yogurt
1/2 c. milk 

1/2 c. grape jelly

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting (Sweet as Sugar Cookies)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 Tbsp. butter, softened
1/2 c. peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
2 c. powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line standard muffin pans with paper liners.  Whisk together the flour, bkaing soda, and baking powder.

Cream the butter with the peanut butter.  Add the sugars and cream together till pale and fluffy.  Beat the eggs and add in two batches, beating for 1 min. after each addition.  Mix in the vanilla.  Add half the flour mixture, then the yogurt, then the rest of the flour mixture.  Beat until just combined.  Mix in the milk until just combined.

Divide the batter into the lined cups.  Bake for 20-25 min. until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean.  Transfer the cupcakes to wire racks to cool completely.

For the frosting:
Beat the butter with the cream cheese until mixed together.  Mix in the peanut butter, then beat in the powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

For the assembly:
Cut a small cone out of the center of each cupcake.  Fill with 1 tsp. grape jelly.  Pipe with the peanut butter cream cheese frosting as desired.  Eat the little cake cones to your heart's desire. 

  1. The original recipe called for 1 1/3 c. granulated sugar.  I used half white sugar and half light brown sugar instead.  
  2. Instead of sour cream, I used nonfat Greek yogurt.
  3. The batter, once mixed, looked a little thick, so I added 1/2 c. milk to thin it down a little.  
  4. I used grape jelly instead of strawberry jam (just my preference).  
  5. I chose to fill the cupcakes with the jelly instead of just dolloping it on top.  

Makes 24 cupcakes 


  1. What an awesome idea for a cupcake flavor! That frosting has got to be amazing!

  2. These look amazing, and the jelly in the center looks like the perfect thing to cut the richness of the peanut butter. And I agree, the crumb looks like it came out perfectly!

  3. Wow. This looks like a perfect combination. I love peanut butter anything. Can't wait to try these.

  4. I am such a big fan of peanut butter and jelly, which is strange because I never had this as a sandwich when I was growing up. I wish I could reach out and grab one of your cupcakes, and your photos are so pretty.

  5. When sweet made by less sugar and much milk then i love it,more sugar I don't like.
    buy indian sweets

  6. Peanut Butter and Jam cupcakes?! This sound great.

  7. Love peanut butter and jelly. Even better when it's in a cupcake form - yum!

  8. Even at almost 20 years old, I think my favorite sandwich is peanut butter and jelly! I still pack it every day for my lunch at work. And when put in a cupcake? It sounds fantastic.

  9. Love PB&J sandwiches so these cupcakes are perfect! They look delicious and would definitely bring back childhood moments. Thanks for sharing and can't wait to try this recipe out :)