Buckeye Cupcakes

We have had such a super busy and fun weekend! Andrew’s mom and brother came to visit us and we went to the Ohio State vs. Illinois game in Champaign, Illinois yesterday. Since we live in Peoria, Illinois we can’t make it back to Columbus, Ohio to see the Buckeyes play as much as we wish. So when we found out that they were playing the University of Illinois in Champaign we just had to go! Growing up in Columbus, everyone lived and breathed the Ohio State Buckeyes. Now that we are in Peoria, college football just isn’t as popular. Nonetheless, every Saturday we fly our Buckeye flag, wear our jerseys and buckeye beads and hope that the Buckeyes can pull off a win. This year has been tough, not only are we not ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings, we have lost 3 games and won 4. Dropping out of the top 25 was a real blow to us Buckeye fans, it was the first time in nearly seven years (2004) that we are unranked. On September 17, after our loss to Miami, Ohio State dropped out of the rankings, ending the nation’s longest streak of appearances in the top 25. Next week is a bye week then we play #4 Wisconsin at home on October 29.

Yesterday we jumped in the car and made the hour and a half drive to Champaign, Illinois for the game. We arrived early and tailgated in the parking lot with lots of other Buckeye fans. It was so great to see how many people from Columbus made the five-hour drive to cheer on the Buckeyes! Andrew bought us first row seats on the thirty yard line! I was so excited. Along with a few other tailgating goodies, I brought these delicious cupcakes and shared them with a few fans that were tailgating next to us. Dark chocolate cupcakes with a peanut butter ball in the middle and topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting. The perfect cupcake for any Buckeye fan

Buckeye Cupcakes

Dark chocolate cupcakes with a peanut butter ball in the middle and topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting. The perfect cupcake for any Buckeye fan!

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


For the Peanut Butter Ball Filling:
2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

For Chocolate Cupcakes:
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon table salt
1 cup sour cream

For Peanut Butter Frosting:
2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 cup creamy peanut butter
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2/3 cup heavy cream


To Make the Peanut Butter Ball Filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on medium speed, mix confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, tablespoons butter and vanilla until blended. Shape mixture into 24 balls using heaping teaspoons. (Balls will be sticky and don't need to be perfectly shaped.) Place balls on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet; set aside.
To Make the Cupcakes: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line pan with 24 cupcake liners.
In a medium heatproof bowl, combine butter, chocolate, and cocoa. Set bowl over saucepan containing barely simmering water; heat mixture until butter and chocolate are melted and whisk until smooth and combined. Set aside and cool until just warm to the touch.
In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk eggs; add sugar, vanilla, and salt until fully incorporated. Add cooled chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Sift one-third of flour mixture over chocolate mixture and whisk until combined; whisk in sour cream until combined. Sift remaining flour mixture over chocolate mixture and whisk until batter is combined. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of batter into each cupcake liner. Drop 1 peanut butter ball in center of each cupcake. Top with remaining batter. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cupcakes comes out clean.
Cool cupcakes in muffin pan on wire rack for 15 minutes. Carefully lift each cupcake from muffin pan and set on wire rack. Cool to room temperature before icing.
To Make the Peanut Butter Frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl as you work. Add the heavy cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.

Source: adapted from Proceed with Caution, originally adapted from Good Housekeeping

















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43 Responses to “Buckeye Cupcakes”

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    Amilia @justeverydayme — October 16, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    Wow! These look amazing :) I love chocolate and peanut butter together! Thanks for such a great recipe :)

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    Caroline — October 16, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    I’m so jealous you got to go to the game. What a victory for us! It’s been a rough year and isn’t over yet, but a win like this helps. We fly our Buckeye flag proudly every Saturday as well, wear our jerseys, drink out of OSU cups, etc. The list goes on. Anyways, these cupcakes look great! Love the teeth marks in the first photo.

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    ChgoJohn — October 16, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    Attending a Big 10 football game is, for me, a real treat! Few sporting events can compare. Speaking of treats, these cupcakes look great. I fear I would have eaten more than a few during the drive to the game. :)

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    Just A Smidgen — October 16, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

    These cupcakes look so delicious, the peanut butter dollop in the center would be heavenly! Pretty iced topping as well!

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    Kim @ Eat What You've Got — October 16, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    Those look delicious! One of my favorite memories is going to my grandmothers at Christmas and eating Buckeye balls made by my aunt. This is a great twist on those favorites!

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    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño — October 16, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    These look incredible!!! I can’t even imagine how such and delicious these must have been. If you could pop one in the mail to me I would be soooooooo happy!
    Love following your blog, it’s always so fun to read.

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    The Teenage Taste — October 16, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    As if chocolate cupcakes topped with peanut butter topping wasn’t enough, you added a peanut butter center too! Mmmm…I like how you think! 😀

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    Rach @ This Italian Family — October 16, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

    Those look delicious! And how fun to go to the game! My husband and I are Illini fans, but really more into the basketball than the football so I’ll forgive ya for cheering against us. 😉

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    Liz Hall — October 16, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    OK, so I had to laugh. I grew up on a farm with buckeye trees and when I saw this post I thought “That’s cool. I didn’t know you could make anything with buckeyes.” When I was young my brothers and I would have buckeye wars where we would gather all the fallen buckeyes in buckets and throw them at each other. But THEN I realized you were talking about football. The cupcakes look great. But I do wonder if you can make anything with buckeyes, other than welts on your brothers legs. I love you blog. You inspire me. Thanks!

    • Christina replied: — October 18th, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

      Oh yes, I remember throwing buckeyes at my brother! Ha! I don’t think that you can make anything with real buckeyes. I think that actual buckeye nuts are poisonous, so no cooking with those! 😀

  10. #
    Stefanie — October 16, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

    It’s like you read my mind… I’ve been pondering on chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and these look amazing!

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    Mari @ Mari's Cakes — October 16, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

    Lovely! Great PB filling, I am sure it taste DELICIOUS!

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    mschristiner — October 17, 2011 @ 4:01 am

    This looks so good! I’m going to have to try this one. I’m sure it tastes as good as it looks :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 17, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    I love these! Such a delicious looking cupcake.

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    freshandfoodie — October 17, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    Wow! My entire family (besides me and a few other stragglers) live in Cincy, so I’m a big fan of Buckeyes. Love the idea of these cupcakes!

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    Erin — October 17, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    What are great game to have been at! I was just watching it from my couch super excited we didn’t choke like last week…. I love these cupcakes but you totally read my mind. I have had these stored away in my brain as a cupcake idea for awhile but have not gotten around to making them. Now that I can see them in real life I want them even more! Too bad it’s a bye-week this weekend. Maybe I can hold off until I go up to Cbus for the Indiana game.

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — October 17, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    Good gracious those look amazing.

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    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — October 17, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    I totally want these. Yum!

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    eat healthy. be happy. live well. — October 17, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    I lived in Cincinnati for a few years when I was younger and I LOVED Buckeyes!! I bet this cupcake would take me back to my childhood :)

    Awesome seats at the game! I bet you all had a great time! I once sat front row on the 50 yard line at a Virginia Tech game and it was incredible!!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — October 17, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    Love these! They are so beautiful. :)

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    sportsglutton — October 17, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    Cupcakes look great and of course O-H-I-O!!!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — October 17, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    What can I say…all that comes to mind is, ‘Those look GOOD!’

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    Donalyn — October 17, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    PB & chocolate are unbeatable – bookmarking this one to try :)

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    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — October 17, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

    Delicious!!! I love peanut butter and chocolate together. These wouldn’t last very long at our house!

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    bakingjenn — October 18, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

    There’s seriously nothing better than Peanut Butter desserts…Thanks for sharing this delicious combo!

  26. #
    Christine — October 18, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

    Beautiful cupcakes.

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    Baker Street — October 19, 2011 @ 1:09 am

    Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous! I love the filling inside! This is a peanut butter lovers delight!

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    Susie — October 19, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

    They look and sound amazing!!!

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    sara — October 22, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    These look SO SO delicious! Love that creamy pb in the middle! :)

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    Streusel — November 11, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    Having family from Ohio, I had lots of buckeye balls as a kid. My grandma would send them to me every year at Christmas. These remind me of her and make me want to pull out her buckeye ball recipe. Thanks.

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    Willa@ArmstrongFamilyFare — November 17, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    GO BUCKS!!! We’re huge Buckeye fans here too! :) And…the cupcakes look delcious too! :)

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    Donna — February 24, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    these look deelish! We are also from Ohio and proudly fly our Buckeye Flaf here in Florida. (let’s just say those Gators were NOT gracious winners! Can’t wait to try these. O – H ……

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    kay43026 — March 8, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    I’m making these for my niece’s baby shower this weekend. She’s an OSU alum and will love these (so will her hubby and 2 older kids)

    Go BUCKS!!

    • Christina replied: — March 27th, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

      I-O! 😉 I hope your niece enjoyed the cupcakes for the baby shower! :)

      • kay43026 replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 8:28 am

        The cupcakes were a BIG hit!! I did a little twist on them and put a bite-size Reese’s Cup on the top.

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    Ellen — March 8, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    I am making them for my husband for his birthday. He loves chocolate and peanut butter. Seeing these I immediately thought of him

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    Go Bucks!! Love the recipe for these cupcakes. I’m headed to the store to get some ingredients I’m missing and will make them tomorrow for my son’s 2nd birthday party 😉 I typically eat clean and healthy, but it IS a birthday party, right??? Looking forward to following you. Just “liked” you on Facebook and would love for you to check out my page at Fit and Healthy With Debbie Reichert on Facebook as well. I think you would enjoy some of my recipes, and if you like to exercise I have a ton of workouts on there as well.

    • Christina replied: — August 18th, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

      I hope you enjoyed the cupcakes! :)

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    Tamara — October 15, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    I’ve made these cupcakes 5 or 6 times now (I’m in Ohio) and everytime my buckeye center melts into the cupcake leaving a hallow middle :( Any suggestions? I’ve made them sticky, I’ve tried adding more sugar, I tried freezing them, not freezing them. Yours looks perfect! Thanks!!

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    Taylor — March 22, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    Making these tonight for the NCAA tournament! I am an OSU student and LOVE to bake so I was so excited to find these! Can’t wait to see how they turn out!

    Go Bucks! :)

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