Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Dark Chocolate Cupcake with Crunchy Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate Drizzle

dark chocolate cupcakes with crunchy peanut butter frosting and chocolate drizzle
These are dark chocolate babycakes with crunchy peanut butter frosting and chocolate drizzle. They are – I can’t feign modesty here – they are awesome. Unfortunately, they don’t quite match with the already planned strawberries and cream that are perfectly pink for the little princess to be. *sigh* I’ll have to save this Reese’s combination for a bake sale or Halloween party or something I guess. We’re going to lose the peanut butter and re-accessorize with fluffy, prissy, white chocolate frosting. We all know how I feel about fluffy prissy pristine gag white and if you didn’t, now you do.

Oh, alright, it’s still frosting.

Baby shower cupcake practice also happened to coincide with Sugar High Friday. The cupcakes are a little late for the no. 13 Dark Chocolate edition, but this is LA, so I don’t know how to be anything but fashionably late. ;)

Next month, next baby, better planning, I swear. And maybe a short lesson on the extension of the Special Dark Effect that I call…the Fritos Phenomenon. I bet you can’t figure out what that’s all about.

Dark Chocolate Cupcake Recipes Around the World(wide web):
~ Straight from the source! Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Cake recipe that actually uses Special Dark Cocoa Powder!
~ Food & Wine’s Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling has 232 5-star ratings
~ Dark Chocolate Cake recipe at AllRecipes.com has over 600 reviews, with an avergae 4½ stars (out of 5) rating

** this post originally published on 10.22.05 **

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1 Anonymous October 30, 2005 at 5:26 am

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2 abraxis October 30, 2005 at 9:09 am

Heh. At my place, the Mr. Goodbar minis are always the last. They go in this order:

Krackle
Special Dark
Milk Choc (that old standby)
and Mr. Goodbar.

Goodbar may not disappear as quickly as the rest, but they disappear before they turn white…

Now if you want dark chocky, how about some Scharfen Berger? They make it good.

Or that Angelina’s cafe in Paris that does the liquid chocky that Starchuck’s does the version of now. I know it’s not dark, but boy oh boy!

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3 grace October 30, 2005 at 9:42 am

sarah, i LOVE dark chocolate too. i make sure to eat some dark chocolate every single day. (;

oh, and since i was so disappointed with leda’s and surely will be disappointed by all other cupcake bakeries.. should i just put in a special order to you? LOL. i’m only half joking. =P

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4 grace October 30, 2005 at 9:42 am

sarah, i LOVE dark chocolate too. i make sure to eat some dark chocolate every single day. (;

oh, and since i was so disappointed with leda’s and surely will be disappointed by all other cupcake bakeries.. should i just put in a special order to you? LOL. i’m only half joking. =P

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5 Stephanie October 30, 2005 at 3:47 pm

That’s frighteningly accurate, actually!

When I was kid and my grandparents would get a bag of mini’s for the candy dish, we’d all pick through, until it was mostly milk and dark chocolate left. And we’d all say “we’re saving the Special Dark’s for (Aunt) Kathy; she loves them”.

I’m convinced it’s an age thing, because 25 years later, I’m the one who gets the dark chocolate now!

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6 sarah October 30, 2005 at 4:36 pm

anonymous: thanks for the compliment :)

abraxis: mr. goodbar comes in last?! no way. i wonder – is it the peanuts?!

grace: let’s talk bidnezz. i’m only half joking, too ;)

the happy sorceress! hi stephanie! here’s the funny thinkg – i like special darks even when i was little. i swear i think it’s the word “special” on there. sometimes i am so easy. LOL!

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7 Lindsay October 31, 2005 at 1:04 am

oh my goodness sarah those cupcakes look stupendous.

and i, too, am the antidote to the special dark problem. i am madly in love with dark chocolate–although having had far better chocolate in my life leaves poor old hershey’s ranking waaaay at the bottom for me. mmm special dark!

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8 Lindsay October 31, 2005 at 1:04 am

oh my goodness sarah those cupcakes look stupendous.

and i, too, am the antidote to the special dark problem. i am madly in love with dark chocolate–although having had far better chocolate in my life leaves poor old hershey’s ranking waaaay at the bottom for me. mmm special dark!

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9 sarah October 31, 2005 at 1:10 am

why thank you, miss punkin! :)

and yes, that is exactly why i just WILL NOT allow myself to have those fancy chocolates.

LOL!

just kidding.

there’s this one that i find at a lot of the organic markets that is so dark it’s kind of evil. LOL!

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10 Anonymous October 31, 2005 at 6:16 pm

I agree completely about the order, except that for me, milk chocolate goes last (special dark is third). Interesting phenomenon you’ve chosen to write about!
I think the Whole Foods brand dark chocolate bars are surprisingly good, especially at $1.50 each, which is cheap for Whole Foods.

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11 Anonymous October 31, 2005 at 6:16 pm

I agree completely about the order, except that for me, milk chocolate goes last (special dark is third). Interesting phenomenon you’ve chosen to write about!
I think the Whole Foods brand dark chocolate bars are surprisingly good, especially at $1.50 each, which is cheap for Whole Foods.

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12 sarah October 31, 2005 at 6:32 pm

i’ve written about the usual order, but i guess i never mentioned mine…

if the bag were open around JUST me, i’d eat:
1. all the special darks
2. then mr. goodbar
3. then krackel
4. if i HAVE to, then milk chocolate.

milk chocolate is so plain. and for some reason, hershey’s milk chocolate is sort of chalky. LOL!

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13 marianne October 31, 2005 at 7:52 pm

Milk chocolate is last for me, too! My suspicion is that the Fritos effect has to do with dregs of the variety pack always yielding Fritos and Plain Lays. Who in their right mind would pick one of those over Doritos or Cheetos?

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14 sarah October 31, 2005 at 11:04 pm

marianne: you are right – fritos are always last. but funny, in my life, the plain lay’s go first, then ruffles second, then it’s toss-up between the two flavors of doritos. cheetos and fritos are always last, and usually, it’s fritos. weird. LOL!

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15 abraxis November 1, 2005 at 5:06 am

Yup, I think it’s the peanuts.

After all, it’s a bag o’ chocolate, not a bag o’ chocolate with nuts!

And regarding the Frito’s Effect, it’s usually:

Cheetos
Doritos
Fritos
Lay’s

Did I mention that I looooooove cheese too? I think that explains this…

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16 hermz March 17, 2006 at 6:45 pm

My mom and I fight over the Special Darks. How neat you wrote about something I love on my birthday. :) This year you can make me those cupcakes.

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17 Anonymous December 13, 2007 at 5:09 pm

I love chocolate! I love reading different chocolate facts and recipes!

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18 Chris H. February 6, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Growing up, and now in my married “grown-up” life, I’m still the go-to guy for eating the Special Darks. However after this comment thread I have this image of Special Dark coated Fritos…

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19 Christine February 6, 2009 at 3:05 pm

” …you’d have some very pissed off senior citizens at the nursing home on Sunday night” LOL You’re too funny! I admit that I go for the Krackels first. I always hated the Special Dark chocolates, cause they tasted bad. The only way I could think of describing it’s taste is.. smelly. But that’s just be.

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20 Christine February 6, 2009 at 3:05 pm

” …you’d have some very pissed off senior citizens at the nursing home on Sunday night” LOL You’re too funny! I admit that I go for the Krackels first. I always hated the Special Dark chocolates, cause they tasted bad. The only way I could think of describing it’s taste is.. smelly. But that’s just be.

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21 Anonymous February 6, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I’ve been eating the Special Dark and Krackle my whole entire life. Keep those peanutty Mr. Goodbar and the Milk chocolate. Ugh. What’s great though is now 20 or 30 years later everyone else has caught onto my obsession and I can get really good quality dark chocolate everywhere. The days of keeping my house and purse filled with Special Dark are now rare because of that abundance but I use their Special Dark chocolate in cookies. Yum, yum, yum.

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22 Robin Marie February 7, 2009 at 4:35 am

Hmm, in my family the Special Dark is ALWAYS gone first. Then Krackel, and the rest get left behind (although they end up at my boyfriends, where no chocolate is safe!) I wish they’d just eat the Krackels and leave the SD to meeee!

Mmm chocolate…

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23 Robin Marie February 7, 2009 at 4:35 am

Hmm, in my family the Special Dark is ALWAYS gone first. Then Krackel, and the rest get left behind (although they end up at my boyfriends, where no chocolate is safe!) I wish they’d just eat the Krackels and leave the SD to meeee!

Mmm chocolate…

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24 chuck February 7, 2009 at 5:22 am

OMG, how delicious looking is that cupcake! I think it’s the frosting that really catches the eye. Love it!

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25 Angry Brit February 7, 2009 at 10:34 pm

OK. You win. I don’t usually care much for peanut butter (I don’t know if it’s a British thing), but that cupcake might be the most delectable thing I’ve ever seen. Must. Not. Drool. On. Keyboard…

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26 RecipeGirl February 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm

That’s one droolworthy cupcake. Love it!

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27 SimplyHappyMe February 8, 2009 at 2:44 pm

just love everything that you have here! makes me crave for them =)

by the way, just tagged you in a post coz i find your site interesting. :) http://simplyhappyme.blogspot.com/2009/02/honest-scrap.html

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28 StuffCooksWant February 11, 2009 at 12:42 am

Just found your site for the first time (I guess I’m a virgin) after seeing you on Twitter. Very cute.

Love your writing style and I too, love the dark chocolate. Just picked up an enormous bag of dark chocolate covered pomegranates from costco. For my heart.

I think Hershey’s has changed it’s milk choc formula, b/c they all taste a bit more like wax to me these days. But in the past, my dad and I fought over the Special Dark in the bag of miniatures. I also ate the rest, just to be fair.

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29 Anonymous February 11, 2009 at 5:28 am

That cupcake is so beautiful I may cry.

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30 Anonymous February 12, 2009 at 5:01 pm

That looks absolutely delicious! But I would like to know how you made the frosting and the drizzle. I couldn’t find that anywhere.

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31 The Duo Dishes February 17, 2009 at 3:51 am

The cupcakes are a big OH YEAH!

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32 Anonymous March 4, 2009 at 8:59 pm

oh just the title and the picture drew me into your article.. they look like true delights!
A friend of mine just had a beautiful baby girl and I was looking for good recipes to make and send over to them.
This looks great.

I also love dark chocolate. It just has such an interesting character like a great cup of real strong coffee. I always start with the mr.goodbars , krackel, dark chocolate and the milk chocolate goes in the work candy dish..

my husband bought me a bag of those individually wrapped Ghiradelli special dark chocolates for Valentines day.. I think some roses would have been better, but these will last a lot longer.. to be individually seduced.

I agree with your chip list, fritos are always the last stuck in the back of the snack cupboard.

Thanks for your great recipes, especially for the way you share you and your creativity. It’s refreshing to read your words.

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33 Sarah J. Gim May 26, 2009 at 10:50 am

anonymous: the thing with fritos is that they are the perfect thing for a Straw Hat, which I have NEVER seen in LA, but ate all the time as an elementary schooler in San Antonio – fritos, chili, cheese.

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Whats your recipe? I cant seem to find it but love all things chocolate peanut butter.. yum!

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