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Robicelli's Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cupcakes

By • October 15, 2013 • 16 Comments

All this week, our friends Allison and Matt from Robicelli's will be sharing recipes from their cookbook Robicell's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes, answering our questions, and giving away a book every day.  

Today: The Robicellis' inaugural cupcake happens to combine all of our favorite snacktime treats.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel on Food52

The first cupcake Matt ever added to the Robicelli's repertoire was “The CPB:” Chocolate cake and peanut butter buttercream topped with roasted peanuts and rich chocolate ganache. Sounds awesome, right? Of course it's awesome -- how the hell can you screw something like that up? Of course, we eventually tired of awesome and needed to go past that to “mind blowing.” So we decided to roll the entire damn thing in crushed up pretzels and pour more chocolate over the top. You're welcome.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel 

Chocolate Cake

3/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup scalding hot coffee
2/3 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Peanut Butter Buttercream

1 recipe French Buttercream or American Frosting
1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Chocolate Ganache

1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate, chopped
Pinch sea salt

To Finish

3/4 cup roasted peanuts
1 1/2 cups pretzels

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by Eric Isaac

Want to win a copy of Robicellis: A Love Story, With Cupcakes? Tell us in the comments: What was the first cupcake you remember making? We'll choose one random winner each day, and announce them this Friday! (Unfortunately, we can only ship books within the US.)

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9 months ago Faye

I remember making Funfetti cupcakes as a kid using boxed cake mix! These days, my cupcakes are made from scratch, but those Funfetti cupcakes are one of my first baking memories.

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10 months ago Crystal

First cupcake I ever made was from a funfetti box mix. I still make them for grandfather's birthday every year. It's his favorite xo

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10 months ago Kristin

The first cupcake I remember making was from a yellow cake mix box, but it was for my Mom's birthday. I was so proud when she ate it and told me how good it was. She might have been lying, but I felt like a superstar!

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10 months ago LucyS

I used to help my grandmother make Devil's food cupcakes. My grandmother (who is from Mississippi) froze EVERYTHING - Devil's food cupcakes, miniature pecan pies, fried chicken, goldfish crackers... Anyway, we would pull these cupcakes - she only ever made tiny ones - out of the freezer and zap them in the microwave. When you took them out they were inevitably hot and gooey on the outside and still frozen in the center. Somehow it worked for them.

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10 months ago cgilsbach

The first cupcake I remember making was mini-cheesecake cupcakes. A very old recipe - still going strong!

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10 months ago BurgeoningBaker

The first cupcake I remember making was a chocolate flavored cupcake that had a jack-o-lantern decorated top for my birthday when I was kid.

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10 months ago elisabeth creel

My first cupcake was dark chocolate - my mother always bribed me and brother to behave with her sweet magic!

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10 months ago Caitie Craumer

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting! Mom made everything from scratch and thankfully, I inherited that. But grating carrots is tedious.

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10 months ago Toshua

The first cupcake I remember making was Funfetti (from a box)

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10 months ago miznic

Black Forest cupcakes, with my mom. Cooking was "our" time, whether it was a meal, or snacks.

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10 months ago josie

first cupcake I ever made was a samoa cupcake. it was delicious

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10 months ago Kathryn

Duncan Hines yellow cake with powdered sugar buttercream - nothing better when you're an right year old with a sweet tooth!

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10 months ago Porche

Lemon. I made my brother lemon cupcakes when he went away to college. I was 7.

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10 months ago christie

mmm, that sounds amazing. my first cupcake, not exactly as amazing by any means. it was a st patricks day cupcake. basically boxed yellow cake mix and container frosting meets green food coloring. tasty at the time, but heck, I was in 7th grade and that was 30 years ago!

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10 months ago Nancy B

It was probably some Duncan Hines inspired cupcake for my daughter's birthday! The Robicellis' are much better!

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10 months ago vee

The first cupcake I remember making was the classic birthday cupcake. Yellow Cake with Milk Chocolate buttercream, it's still my favorite. :-)