Sunday, April 8, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes


Yay thanks to another birthday this week I have the excuse and pleasure to make some more cupcakes!.....  Oh boy do you need a tall glass of milk to go with these babies. These cupcakes are a combination of Peanut butter batter swirled with a chocolate peanut butter batter and it doesn't stop there. The frosting is a peanut butter cream cheese frosting swirled with a peanut butter chocolate frosting.  oh yeah....if you need a chocolate peanut butter fix here it is :)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications 2012
Yields: 24 Cupcakes and 12 mini Cupcakes
Bake Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients
2 1/2 Cups Flour
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Butter
1/3 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1 Cup packed Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
3 Eggs
1 Cup Almond Milk
4 Ounces Bitter Sweet Dark Chocolate

Directions
Let your butter and eggs stand for at least room temp for 30 Minutes.
Preheat your oven to 375 F and line 2 cupcake tins with paper cups and a mini tin with small paper cups.
In a medium bowl combine your flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. 
In a large bowl beat the butter for 30 seconds on medium speed in a electric mixer then add the peanut butter mix until combined. Add the brown sugar and sugar about 1/4 at a time, beat on medium speed until combined. scrape the sides of the bowl and mix for 2 more minutes or until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beat well after each addition. Mix in Vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to the batter until fully combined. 
Place half of the batter in a separate bowl, add the melted chocolate to the large bowl on the electric mixture and beat till combined. 
Fill the muffin cups by alternating spoonfuls of the peanut butter and chocolate batter. add to about 2/3 full and use a butter knife or chopsticks to swirl the batter. 
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. remove from tin and cool on wire rack. 

Peanut Butter  and Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients
8 ounces cream cheese at room temp
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
2 teaspoons Vanilla
6 Cups Powdered Sugar
4 ounces melted Dark Chocolate
Almond Milk to help thin out the frosting

Directions
Beat the cream cheese, peanut butter  and vanilla in a electric mixer until combined.  Add the powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time, use the milk to help thin out the frosting until the desired consistency. Once all the powdered sugar is mixed, place half the batter into a separate bowl. 
Add 4 ounces of cooled melted chocolate into one of the bowls with the peanut butter frosting and beat with an electric mixture, adding in milk to help complete the desired consistency.  

To pipe 
using a pastry bag with a star tip place chocolate frosting to one side and the peanut butter frosting on the other side and pipe frosting into swirls. Top with candied recess pieces cups. 

                                         





18 comments:

  1. You're not helping my waist line!!

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  2. Wow..those look incredible! Yummy treat!!!

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  3. These are gorgeous! I could eat the frosting all day!

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    1. yeah the frosting is my favorite part, so good!

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  4. Gergeous cupcakes! I'm always amazed how lovely you've presented all your cupcakes! Well done, Neshanne! :)

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    1. :) I wish i could make a larger smiley face. thank you Kit.

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  5. These look phenomenal! I love that the frosting is swirled. So pretty!

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    1. Thanks Annie, im workin on my pipping skills.

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  6. Love chocolate and peanut butter together! :)

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  7. me too, good thing I took these cupcakes to work. Its a deadly combo to have around the house for to long.

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  8. B E A U tiful!!! and not only do they look incredible, I know they taste sooooo good!!! Geesh, there goes my waistline, again, lol ... Hope you're having a great day and can't wait till our virtual Memorial Day picnic =)) xxoo

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    1. Hi Tess! I'm looking forward to the virtual picnic, I bet you already have some great ideas..as always :)

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  9. Your cupcakes are GORGEOUS! I love the little wrapper you used! Peanut butter chocolate is the absolute best combination too, I should never make these because I probably wouldn't be able to stop eating them!

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  10. Thank you, I love to go to this Japanese dollar store off base and buy all theses cute baking accessories, and it's very hard to stop licking the spoon when making the frosting ;)

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  11. They look great and super yummy. My kids would love these.

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    1. Thank you, peanut butter and chocolate is always a crowd pleaser : )

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