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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

(recipe, Katie Hickey)


This recipe makes one of the best basic yellow cupcake recipes I've ever tasted.


  1. 5½ cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp. baking powder
  3. ½ tsp. salt
  4. ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 2 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
  7. 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  8. ¾ cup milk
  9. 1 cup grape or strawberry jelly
  10. Candy bars or sprinkles (Recommended: Reese's Pieces, Butterfinger, Nutterbutter, Heath Bar, smashed up with a rolling pin, for decorating)
  11. Peanut butter frosting,
  12. For the frosting:
  13. ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  14. 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  15. 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  16. 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  17. 1 Tbsp. milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners, gently spray the liners with nonstick spray and set aside.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt over a large piece of paper. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a hand mixer on medium speed, until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, the egg yolk, and the vanilla. Reduce the speed to low and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Pour in the milk and continue to mix until smooth. Pick up the paper with the dry ingredients and gradually pour it into the wet ingredients, continue to mix just until blended.
  4. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared cupcake tins, about ¾ full. Bake until the tops of the cupcakes spring back to the touch and are not too golden; about 20 minutes. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, and then allow to cool completely on a wire rack before filling, frosting or decorating.
  5. Fill a squirt bottle with the grape jelly and screw on the cap. Carefully insert the tip of the squirt bottle as far as it will go into the top of the cupcakes. Gently squeeze about 1 tablespoon worth of jelly inside of each. Ice the tops of the cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting to cover. Decorate with your favorite candy
  6. For the Frosting:
  7. Beat the butter, peanut butter, and cream cheese with a hand or standing mixer on medium speed, until light and fluffy. Slowly add the confectioner's sugar and continue to mix until the frosting is smooth, mix in the milk and continue to mix until it reaches a good spreading consisting.