The name for this cupcake came from my friend’s husband. I was going to call it a banana cupcake with peanut butter cup center or something similar, but after he tasted them, he dubbed them the elvis cupcake. These cupcakes are really easy to make and were actually devised as a way to use up leftover Halloween candy. Two of my three children complained that the small sized Reese’s peanut butter cups tasted like bananas. Since they weren’t going to eat them, this proclamation served as a revelation and the idea of a banana cupcake with a peanut butter cup in the middle was born.
The cupcake was made using my cake mix banana bread recipe that can be found here. I lined my cupcake pan with cupcake liners and filled them half way, inserting a peanut butter cup in the center of each.
I anticipated that the mixture would rise and close over the peanut butter cups, but as you can see from this picture, it didn’t work out that way. I would suggest filling the cups 1/4 of the way, placing the peanut butter cup in the center and then topping it with more batter if it’s important to you that the peanut butter cup be completely hidden away.
It didn’t really matter to me because I knew that I was going to ice the cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. I finished baking the first batch using a yellow cake mix, but I still had leftover peanut butter cups, so I whipped up a batch of chocolate banana cupcakes with peanut butter cup filling to finish using them up. The peanut butter frosting came together easily and was applied in two different ways. Some of it was placed inside a ziplock bag and piped into a circle on top of the cupcakes in an attempt to be “fancy”, but ultimately, we decided that it was just fine if the frosting was spread on top with a knife.
The recipe for the cupcake can be found here. I’m posting a recipe for the peanut butter frosting below. Try it and comment below. Thanks for visiting Patty Cake’s Pantry.
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter at room temperature
- 1 cup peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1-3 tablespoons of milk
- Cream butter, peanut butter and vanilla together.
- Add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, mixing after each addition, until it is all incorporated.
- Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, and mix after each addition, until desired consistency is achieved.