Day 270 – Reese’s Cupcakes

27 Apr

Peanut butter and chocolate.  A classic (and classically delicious) combination.  Now, these Reese’s Cupcakes (recipe below from Reese’s Cupcakes) have an odd little twist to them.  Let’s see if they stack up…

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and a little crumbly. They are extremely bitter in taste. No sweetness or chocolate flavor to them at all.

The filling is smooth, creamy and fluffy. It has a good, sweet peanut butter flavor. Pretty accurate to the inside of a peanut butter cup.


The frosting is thick and smooth. It has a sweet flavor. The unfortunate thing is that nutmeg is the strongest flavor (1 tbsp of nutmeg is WAY too much…ever…in anything, in my opinion). The chocolate flavor is there, as is the peanut butter, but they take a back seat to the nutmeg.

Reeses-Cupcake     Mini-Reeses-Cupcake

Together this is an odd cupcake. The nutmeg continues to be the strongest flavor, though the peanut butter is a little more obvious in the total cupcake. The bitterness of the cake and the nutmeg though still give it a less-than-sweet overall flavor. Which, in my opinion, is NOT accurate to the Reese’s Peanut Butter taste.


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 2
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 3
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4 (3 parts, but very easy, throw-it-all-in steps)
  • TOTAL: 16



Reese’s Cupcakes (recipe from Reese’s Cupcakes)


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 lightly beaten eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon of instant espresso dissolved in 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 24 mini Reese’s Cups (for garnish)


  • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup of sifted confectioners sugar


  • 1/3 cup of cocoa
  • 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 5 teaspoons of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of nutmeg
  • 1 cup of peanut butter

For directions visit Reese’s Cupcakes.

*Tomorrow: Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes*

3 Responses to “Day 270 – Reese’s Cupcakes”

  1. sweetbitesbybrandi April 27, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

    Tbsp of nutmeg?!?! That can’t be right. I bet they meant one teaspoon!

  2. sweetbitesbybrandi April 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    I also just noticed that they don’t have any sweetener in the cupcake ingredients! No wonder its so bitter!

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