Cupcake Recipe: The Marissa (Chocolate Peanut Butter)

chocolate peanut butter cupcake

I recently shared some delicious Lunar Chronicles-inspired sweets during our Cress Celebration. One of those was this yummy cupcake that we call “The Marissa.” Marissa Meyer told us that if she were a cupcake, she would be peanut butter chocolate. So we made her into a cupcake! If you want your very own tasty Marissa (er, um…), here’s the recipe!

Ingredients for cupcakes:
milk chocolate cake mix
ingredients called for on cake mix box
mini Reese’s

Ingredients for peanut butter icing:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup softened butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
at least 3 tablespoons milk or heavy cream

ingredients for chocolate icing:
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
at least 2 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
2 Hershey bars (melted)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder

Tools needed for frosting cupcakes:
three piping bags
large piping tip

Directions for cupcakes:
Follow instructions on box to make chocolate cupcakes. Once cupcakes have been in the oven for five minutes, press an unwrapped mini Reese’s into each one. After they’re baked, let cool completely before icing.

Directions for peanut butter icing:
Put all ingredients in mixer and beat until fluffy. To make my icing extra fluffy, I like to use heavy cream. Continue adding cream (or milk) until you like the consistency. You don’t want it too thin, but you don’t want it too thick to where it’s difficult to pipe.

Directions for chocolate icing:
Combine shortening, butter, and vanilla in mixer until well mixed. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix well. Add 2 tablespoons of milk or cream and mix. Add in your melted Hershey bars and cocoa powder. Add more milk or cream until you reach desired consistency. (It should be about the same consistency as the peanut butter icing.)

Icing the cupcakes:
Icing cupcakes can be a little tricky (and very messy!), so I’m going to send you to this nifty tutorial that will show you how to swirl the two icings together. This is why you don’t want your icing to be too thick—thick icing is very difficult to pipe!

Enjoy your delicious cupcakes and don’t forget to tell Marissa Meyer how tasty she is! (Okay, maybe leave out the last part because it’s kind of awkward.)



8 thoughts on “Cupcake Recipe: The Marissa (Chocolate Peanut Butter)

    • Isn’t is so pretty how they swirl together? I didn’t use enough chocolate in this batch of chocolate frosting, so the chocolate color will probably be a bit darker if you try it!

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