Cake mixes usually come in very predictable flavors, across all brands and all price points, even when the texture and ingredients of the cakes vary a bit. The cake and cookie mixes from Peanut Butter & Co are a little bit different because their premium mixes focus on peanut butter. Their Mighty Fine Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes Baking Mix is just one of these options, and makes a batch of chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting – and the frosting is made with all-natural Peanut Butter & Co peanut butter that is included with the mix.
Not many baking mixes include the ingredients that you need to make the frosting (except the butter, in this case) right in the box, and that was one thing that made me want to give this a try. The other thing was that I like Peanut Butter & Co, which specializes in unusually flavored peanut butters, and was curious how thier mix would stack up. I bought mine recently at a local store, though I see that they are out of stock on their website at the moment.
The cupcakes are made by adding butter, eggs and milk to a dry mix. They have a strong chocolate flavor and are not too sweet. They’re also very moist slightly dense – not fluffy as some generic cake mix cupcakes – but this actually gives them a satisfying feel and helps them stand up to the rich peanut butter frosting. The frosting has a nice peanut butter flavor, but I thought it benefited from pinch of salt to highlight the roasted nut flavor a bit. Overall, the cupcakes taste a lot like peanut butter cups with a dark chocolate flavor from the cake and their salty-sweet peanut butter frosting. The box said it would make only 8 cupcakes, but I got 12 good sized cupcakes from the mix.
The mix is slightly more expensive than most grocery store mixes, but much less expensive than the premium mixes sold at stores like Williams Sonoma. Since it includes the peanut butter for the frosting and gives you a good result, this is a mix that is pretty satisfying and worth trying if you like that peanut butter and chocolate combination and are looking for a quicker-than-homemade fix.