These Take 5 Cupcake are a chocolate cupcake with a crunchy peanut butter filling topped with chocolate frosting, caramel and chocolate covered pretzels.

I cant believe how long its been since I shared a cupcake recipe! I mean seriously, Mid-December was the last one. Well this Take 5 Cupcake will make up for lost time.

This cupcake recipe has been on my mind for quite some time. Take 5 bars are my FAVORITE candy bar. Peanut butter, chocolate, caramel and pretzels- thats whats up. These chocolate cupcakes have a crunchy peanut butter filling and are topped with chocolate frosting, caramel, and chocolate-covered pretzels.

At one point, I was going to crush the pretzels into the cupcake, but I wanted to keep the moisture in the cupcakes. I havent had great experience with crushed pretzels because they are so dry.

I was thinking about a caramel frosting, but I didnt want it to be too sweet. I ended up with a chocolate frosting that using Hersheys chocolate spread. Have you seen this in the stores? Its kind of like Nutella in that its a smooth creamy chocolate spread, just without the hazelnut flavor (although they do make one of those). I absolutely love it. You can usually find it in the peanut butter section of the grocery store.

When I finally decided on a peanut butter filling, I just also happened to have some peanuts at home and thought that adding a little crunch to the middle might be good. You could easily omit the peanuts and just fill it with the peanut butter ganache.

Finally, the caramel on these cupcakes makes them ooey. Sometimes, if I am traveling with cupcakes, I will put a little caramel in a hole that I dig out of the top of the cupcake and fill it with caramel, then put the frosting on top.


Take 5 Cupcakes

  • Author:LEE
  • Prep Time:30 minutes
  • Cook Time:16 minutes
  • Total Time:46 minutes
  • Yield:6 Cups of frosting


These chocolate cupcakes have a crunchy peanut butter filling and are topped with chocolate frosting, caramel, and chocolate-covered pretzels.


  • 1 batch of chocolate cupcakes

For the Ganache

  • 1 cup Peanut butter chips
  • 4 tablespoons Heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped Peanuts (optional)

For the Frosting

  • 2 C (3 sticks) Unsalted butter (room temperature)1 1
  • 1 1/2 C Hersheys chocolate spread
  • 6 C Powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp Heavy whipping cream
  • Caramel for drizzling
  • 24 Chocolate covered pretzels


  1. Bake a batch of chocolate cupcakes and allow to cool completely.
  2. Core out the center of your cupcakes about halfway deep.

For the ganache

  1. Combine peanut butter chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 60 seconds on high. Take out of the microwave and whisk until smooth. If there are still chunks left after whisking, microwave for another 15-20 seconds.
  2. Take peanuts and gently plush in a food processor to break up into smaller pieces. Empty crushed peanuts into ganache and stir to combine.
  3. Spoon peanut butter ganache into the hollow center of the cupcake.

For the frosting

  1. Allow the butter to reach room temperature. Whisk butter on medium high speed until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes).
  2. Beat in Hersey’s chocolate spread until blended.
  3. Reduce the mixer speed to slow. Slowly add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. After adding 3 cups of powdered sugar, the frosting will start to become very thick. Add 1 tablespoon of heavy cream.
  4. 1 cup at a time, add the remaining powdered sugar. After the last cup, add remaining 2 tablespoons of heavy cream.
  5. Once all ingredients are combined, increase mixing speed to medium high and beat frosting for 1-2 minutes to whip some air into it.
  6. Once you reach the desired consistency, frost peanut-butter filled cupcakes. Drizzle with caramel before serving. Garnish with chocolate-covered pretzels.


This recipe yields enough frosting for 24 cupcakes. If a thicker frosting, either ardmore powdered sugar or eliminate one tablespoon of heavy cream. For a thinner frosting, add additional heavy cream.


How do you transport a large amount of cupcakes?

Simply cover your muffin or cupcake tin in foil and place the finished cupcakes into the holes. If you have large amounts of cupcakes it is possible to transport them in shallow cardboard boxes, provided you don’t mind the cupcakes touching.

How many cupcakes do you get out of a box mix?

BATTER: Generally, a box of cake mix will make 5 cups of batter, which equates to 24 standard cupcakes, 48 mini cupcakes and 12 jumbo cupcakes.

Why are cupcakes called 1234?

Much like pound cake, the 1-2-3-4 cake gets its name from the proportions of its base ingredients: one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs.

Can you freeze ice cream cone cupcakes?

Can I freeze ice cream cone cupcakes? If you have uneaten cupcakes (which is a rarity but it happens) you can definitely store the frosted cones in the freezer. I set my cones in a muffin tin, then pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden the frosting.

How do you transport 4 dozen cupcakes?

Easy Ways to Transport Cupcakes
Original baking pan in a roasting pan.
Shallow, resealable container.
Non-skid shelving liner.
Cupcake caddy or inserts.

How do you transport 3 dozen cupcakes?

Tupperware or plastic containers should be used.

Transporting cupcakes in plastic storage containers or Tuppawear is a great way to keep frosting from being ruined. They will also keep your cupcakes fresh and moist. They’re light and easy to carry, but you need to consider the size.

How many cupcakes do I need for 30 guests?

Each visitor should get one standard-sized cupcake. If you prefer minis, we suggest two to three minis per guest.

How big of a box do I need for 12 cupcakes?

Window Bakery Cupcake Box With Insert 14″ x 10″ x 4″ Fits 12 Standard Size Cupcakes and Muffins – 12 Sets.

How many cupcakes does a 15.25 oz box make?

This boxed cake mix makes enough batter for a 13 by 9 inch cake, two 8 inch round cakes or a standard Bundt cake. It can also be used as a cupcake mix to make up to 24 cupcakes.

What is the most popular flavor of cupcakes?

Chocolate with vanilla

These scrumptious desserts combine the two most essential sweet tastes into an unbeatable concoction that’s always in style. You can find chocolate and vanilla cupcakes everywhere from the trendiest cupcake shops to elementary school cafeterias.

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