Easy Peanut Butter And Jelly Cupcake Recipe

No matter your age, there's nothing more classic than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It may evoke nostalgia, or you may choose to enjoy one every day still, even as an adult. A simple PB&J combines the best of both worlds with sweet jam and salty peanut butter, creating the ideal quick-to-make sandwich.

If you're a peanut butter and jelly lover, then these are the cupcakes for you. The vanilla cupcake serves as the base of the "bread" of the sandwich. As the base, it's the perfect vessel to stuff with plenty of delicious raspberry jam and then top it all off with a luscious peanut butter frosting.

The combination makes for the most interesting cupcake, bringing classic flavors together. And the best part? You can totally pull it off at home! Make these cupcakes in under an hour for the perfect afternoon snack or special dessert.

Gather the ingredients for this peanut butter and jelly cupcake recipe

To get started on making peanut butter and jelly cupcakes, you'll want to grab all of your ingredients ahead of time. Be sure you have everything on hand before you dive in to avoid any mishaps.

For this peanut butter and jelly cupcake recipe, you'll need one cup of white sugar, one cup of flour, one teaspoon of baking powder, half of a teaspoon of baking soda, half of a teaspoon of salt, two eggs, one teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, half of a cup of milk, and a quarter of a cup of oil.

To fill your cupcakes, you'll need half of a cup of raspberry jam. You can choose to use another option such as strawberry or grape, if desired. To make your frosting, you'll need half of a cup of softened, unsalted butter, six cups of powdered sugar, two tablespoons of milk, and one-third of a cup of peanut butter.

Mix the dry ingredients for this peanut butter and jelly cupcakes recipe

Once the ingredients for your cupcakes are gathered, it's time to get baking! First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit so it can come up to the proper temperature while you prep your cupcake batter. 

In a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients. Add in the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and mix well. Mix until the dry ingredients are well combined and free of any large clumps.

Add the wet ingredients

Once the dry ingredients are prepped and ready, it's time to add in the wet ingredients to finish the cupcake batter. Mix in the eggs one at a time. Next, mix in the oil, and add in the vanilla extract. Mix, and then finish the batter by mixing in the milk until just combined. Be sure not to overmix the batter so you can avoid ending up with a dry cupcake. 

Bake the cupcakes

Now that the batter is prepped, you're ready to bake your cupcakes. Prepare a cupcake pan with paper liners, or spray it with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Scoop the batter into each cupcake pan well, filling it halfway full. Bake the cupcakes for 16 to 18 minutes until the tops are lightly golden brown and fully set. Once baked, remove the cupcakes from the oven and set aside to fully cool.

Make the peanut butter frosting for this peanut butter and jelly cupcake recipe

While your cupcakes are cooling, make your peanut butter frosting. To make the frosting, start by creaming the butter in a mixing bowl, and then add two cups of powdered sugar. Mix the sugar and butter, and then add in the milk. Gradually mix in the remaining powdered sugar until a frosting begins to form. Mix in the peanut butter, and then turn the speed up on the mixer to mix until fluffy.

Fill and frost the peanut butter and jelly cupcakes

Once the cupcakes are cooled and the frosting is ready, it's time to fill the cupcakes. Use a piping bag with a round piping tip for this step. Fill the piping bag with raspberry jam, and then press the tip into the middle of the cupcake. This will plunge a hole into the center. Then, squeeze the bag as you pull up, leaving jam in the middle.

Once all of the cupcakes have been filled, they're ready to be frosted. Pipe the frosting on the cooled cupcakes, forming a circle on top. This will create a hole to then fill the remaining well with raspberry jam to finish them off.

Easy Peanut Butter And Jelly Cupcake Recipe
5 from 8 ratings
If you're a peanut butter and jelly lover, then these are the cupcakes for you. The vanilla cupcake serves as the base of the "bread" of the sandwich.
Prep Time
20
minutes
Cook Time
16
minutes
Servings
12
cupcakes
peanut butter and jelly cupcakes
Total time: 36 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ½ cup milk, plus 2 tablespoons for frosting
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raspberry jam, for filling
  • ½ cup butter, softened, for frosting
  • 5 to 6 cups powdered sugar, for frosting
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter, for frosting
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients. Add the white sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix to combine. Mix until the mixture is free of any large clumps.
  3. Add in the eggs one at a time. Mix, and then add in the oil.
  4. Mix in the milk, and then add in the vanilla extract. Mix until the batter is combined, but don't overmix.
  5. Prepare a cupcake pan with paper liners or grease with cooking spray. Use a measuring cup to scoop the batter into each cupcake pan well, filling each halfway full.
  6. Bake the cupcakes for 16 to 18 minutes until lightly golden and fully set on top. Once baked, remove from the oven and set aside to completely cool before filling and frosting.
  7. To fill the cupcakes, use a piping bag with a round piping tip. Fill the piping bag with raspberry jam, and then press the tip into the middle of the cupcake. Squeeze the bag as you pull up, leaving jam in the center.
  8. To make the frosting, cream the butter in a mixing bowl, and then add 2 cups of powdered sugar. Mix, and then add in the milk. Gradually mix in the remaining powdered sugar until a frosting begins to form. Mix in the peanut butter, and then turn the speed up on the mixer to mix until fluffy.
  9. Pipe the frosting on the cooled cupcakes. Pipe to form a circle on top, and then fill the remaining well with raspberry jam.
  10. Serve and enjoy.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 497
Total Fat 10.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 26.7 mg
Total Carbohydrates 98.4 g
Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
Total Sugars 85.1 g
Sodium 218.3 mg
Protein 3.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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