Friday, October 12, 2012

Chocolate PB Cupcakes!

A Rich Chocolate Cupcake with Delicious Peanut Butter Frosting

I made these cupcakes last weekend, and they got rave reviews. The peanut butter frosting is rich and creamy without being too sweet. The chocolate cupcake was light and fluffy. An overall winner!

Well, these would be the subject of my next attempt to ship cupcakes to my brother, Ben in Texas. More to come on that story later. 

The recipe is from How Sweet Eats, a blog that I am obsessed with!

Now, I didn't stuff the cupcakes with the PB frosting, I think that might have been too much. And I probably should have added a bit more cream to the frosting, it was very thick....but it ended up working!

Chocolate Cupcakes:
made about 16 cupcakes for me
  • 1 1/8 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup homemade fudge sauce (recipe below)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, whisk egg and sugar until smooth and no lumps remain. 
  3. Add milk, cream, butter and vanilla, and mix until combined. 
  4. Stir in sour cream. 
  5. Sift dry ingredients together and add to wet mixture. 
  6. Mix until batter is smooth, then swirl in fudge sauce.
  7. Line a muffin tin with liners and using a 1/4 cup measure, add batter to each cup. 
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Let cool before frosting.
Mmm... fresh out of the oven!
Fudge Sauce
This made way more than enough! Next time I would halve this recipe.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup boiling water or scalding milk
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  1. Combine sugar, cocoa, salt, and flour in a bowl over a double boiler. 
  2. Bring water or milk to a boil. 
  3. Gradually add hot liquid to sugar mixture. Stir constantly until mixture thickens.
  4. Once it has reached the desired thickness, remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. 
Peanut Butter Buttercream
So simple and easy to make!
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 3-4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons of heavy cream
  1. Cream butter and peanut butter together in the bowl of an electric mixer. 
  2. Add powdered sugar with mixer on low speed and gradually add milk and vanilla extract. 
  3. Mix until frosting is smooth. If too thick, add more milk; if too thin, add more sugar. Frost cupcakes as desired.
And as I finish up this post, I really wish I had more of these!

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