A Little Nosh's Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Woohoo! So stoked that it is time for the Secret Recipe Club reveal again... feels like this month took forever to go by. Maybe thats because I was so excited about my blog assignment (And the recipe I found on her blog to bake)!!!!! I was assigned to Amy's blog, A Little Nosh. Amy is a food blogger from Washington, D.C. with a really down-to-earth, healthy approach to cooking and baking. She posts a lot of healthy recipes and some treat recipes too! Can you guess what type of recipe I chose??!! Surpise, I picked a treat recipe to bake. I chose her Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting because they sounded soooo amazing and you know what? They were even better than they sounded! Yummers!

Do stop by Amy's blog when you have a minute, especially when you need a quick and healthy idea for dinner! She has so many great ideas that don't take a lot of time, which I guess is important when you're as busy as Amy is! I learned that she is a mother to a cute little boy and a wife to a smart, funny man annnndddd she has a kitchen that is even smaller than mine! But she doesn't let that stop her. Thanks Amy for sharing so many great recipes and tips for eating well and eating quick! :)

Now, on to the recipe!!

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Recipe from A Little Nosh (October 2010)


  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

  • 1/2 cup dutch processed cocoa powder

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 3/4 tsp baking powder

  • 2 eggs

  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp fine salt

  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.

  2. Combine butter, chocolate and cocoa powder in a microwave safe dish. Using 30 second increments, microwave until melted. Stir well until smooth. Set aside to cool.

  3. Whisk flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder in a small bowl.

  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat eggs until fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla and beat well until fully incorporated. Beat in cooled chocolate mixture until well combined. Stir in one third of flour mixture until just combined, then beat in sour cream. Add the remaining flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Do not overmix or you will have tough cupcakes!

  5. Divide batter evenly among baking cups. Bake 18 minutes in preheated oven until toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs on it.

  6. Cool cupcakes completely, then frost with peanut butter frosting (recipe below).

Peanut Butter Frosting

Recipe from A Little Nosh (October 2010)


  • 1 cup icing sugar

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream


  1. Beat together icing sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and kosher salt until well combined.

  2. Beat in heavy cream until icing is smooth.

  3. Pipe liberally onto cupcakes however you like!

  4. Try not to eat the whole batch of cupcakes.

Thanks Amanda for hosting the Secret Recipe Club again this month, and thank you to Amy at A Little Nosh for introducing me to such a lovely recipe!

If you want to join the Secret Recipe Club, check out the website here.

Happy Baking my Friends!


  1. What's better than chocolate and peanut butter? Umm... nothing! These look seriously delicious!

  2. I am fairly certain that had I been assigned that blog, I would have picked this recipe too! Yum! Great job for the SRC.

  3. All I can say is YUM!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  4. These cupcakes look amazing! Is there any better combination than peanut butter and chocolate?!

  5. Who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter ?? ;-). Awesome cupcakes!

  6. That peanut butter frosting looks delish! So many fun blogs to explore. This is my first month as a member of the secret recipe club. So much fun.

  7. These look so cute and delicious, great job! Love your blog and so glad to be a new follower! xoxo

  8. Wow thanks guys! I returned from Mexico to so much love from all of you. I am working on getting around to check out everyone else's posts today! I love the SRC and am so stoked about my new blog assignment this month!!

    Kelly - thanks! Its always great to have new followers. :) Hugs!

  9. A very good thing these are not around me right now-they look sooo good! So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you.