Peanut Butter Cup (or “Inception”) Cupcakes

As you may remember, I made “Inception” Cupcakes for the Oscars party I went to last weekend.

I think they were a pretty big hit. They were also deceptively easy. That’s a good combination, if you ask me.

You may be wondering what qualifies them as “Inception” Cupcakes.

Well, I’ll tell you.

You see, it’s a peanut butter cup inside a cupcake. Get it? A layer within a layer within a layer. Peanut butter inside chocolate inside cake. Genius.

Also super easy. I totally used cake mix. I have no shame.

More than a recipe, this is a process, but I’ll count it anyway.

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

makes 24 cupcakes



  • 1 box cake mix (I used Trader Joe’s Yellow Cake Mix and it was good, but you can use whatever you want)
  • water (called for on box)
  • eggs (called for on box)
  • oil (called for on box)
  • 24 mini dark chocolate Reeses peanut butter cups


  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/8 cup natural peanut butter


  • 12 more mini dark chocolate Reeses peanut butter cups


Preheat oven according to cupcake directions. Make cupcake batter according to boxed directions.

Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners.

Fill cupcake liners halfway with cake batter. Place peanut butter cups in the center of each half-filled sleeve.

Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 – 3/4 full, covering each peanut butter cup entirely.

Bake according to directions.

Let cupcakes cool entirely.

While your cupcakes are cooling, make your frosting. Use an electric mixer to combine butter and powdered sugar (adding it 1 cup at a time), then add peanut butter & cocoa.

Frost your cupcakes.

Cut your remaining peanut butter cups carefully in half and place half a peanut butter cup atop each cupcake.

That’s it! Pretty fun, right?

Of course, the best part is the middle.

But it’s all good. ๐Ÿ™‚



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15 responses to “Peanut Butter Cup (or “Inception”) Cupcakes

  1. inception cupcakes — genius, indeed. who can resist dark choco peanut-butter cups?!

  2. Those are the cutest things EVER!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love that you put a Mini Reese’s PB Cups in them!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€


  3. actorsdiet

    awesome! i had a similar idea for “inception” food – turducken – but this sounds a lot better (and easier)

  4. Haha, that’s such a good idea! At first I thought they were Inception themed because peanut butter and chocolate is my dream food combo ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. That is a clever play on the movie theme. Of course I would be all over them either way. There is not shame in using box mix. It works and if the pros did it, then it must be good. I love the Madagascar vanilla mix from TJ’s. It’s really good!

  6. Very creative and very delicious looking! I may have to steal this recipe’s for Dan’s birthday – he is a massive peanut butter cup fan.

  7. Amy

    I have never salivated while internet stalking a food item so much in my entire life. I need one of these cupcakes. STAT.

  8. I love your idea. What a great way to “eat” the movie. I hope you’ll come by and link them up to Sweets for a Saturday #7.

  9. This is awesome. I will have to try this sometime! They look amazing!

  10. um…..DROOL! haha soo goooood

  11. Jennifer

    Can I tell you how much I wish I had one of those cupcakes right now?

  12. Matthew

    OMG, these cupcakes ROCK!!!

  13. I get it…pretty creative Kaitlin. I love it! If I ever find a peanut lover around me, I’ll be sure to make these ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. My husband would LOVE these cupcakes. Reese’s peanut butter cups are his favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. What an amazing idea! Anything with peanut butter cups gets my attention!!! Can’t wait to try these out ๐Ÿ™‚

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