Thursday, July 16, 2009

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate and peanut butter are such a classic flavor combo. You really can't beat it. I'd say it's definitely one of my favorites.

This peanut butter frosting recipe is amazing. No wonder it's famous. I decided to make these on a whim and take them to a cookout.

I got inspiration from Mermaid Sweets. I decided to kick it up a notch by filling the cupcakes with more peanut butter cup pieces and some ganache. Because ganache definitely makes everything better! Be warned though, after one of these guys, you'll definitely need a glass of milk.

For the chocolate cupcakes, I used the recipe from Elisa Strauss's Confetti Cakes for kids - I'm not going to post the recipe here, I recommend the cookbook, although I'm sure someone else has posted the recipe on the Internet somewhere...

Kathleen's Peanut Butter Icing - as seen on Mermaid Sweets from the Food Network
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream

Place the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.

Chocolate Ganache (I had some leftover in the fridge, you would probably only need about 1/4 of this recipe)
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

In saucepan bring whipping cream to boil over high heat.

Pour hot whipping cream over chocolate and stir until chocolate melted.

You can add more cream if your ganache is too thick to spread.

To assemble the cupcakes:
Using the cone method, remove some of the cupcake and set aside. Drop a few pieces of cut up mini Reeces peanut butter cups to the hole in the cupcake. Spoon some ganache in the hole.

Replace the top of the cupcake. Frost with peanut butter frosting (I used my Wilton 1M tip). Top frosting with more cut up mini Reeces peanut butter cups.

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Colleen said...

These look amazing! I love that you added even more peanut butter flavor too!

Amy Kingman said...

Mmmmmm! These look incredible!! AH! My weakness!!!!

Memória said...

Oh wow!! This looks soo good. I would make the cupcakes with the Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate cake recipe and then use the other recipes you provided. Thanks!!!!

Jen said...

You could definitely use any chocolate cupcake recipe that you want!

Stephanie Wagner said...

These look awesome! I bet they're really rich!

oneordinaryday said...

Holy. Cow.
These look sooo darn good!

Jill said...

I saw your picture on Tastespotting and had to see more! Your cupcakes look delicious!

Kerstin said...

Wow, these look beyond incredible! I'm completely impressed :)

Jennifer said...

peanut butter of my favorites!! What an awesome cupcake!!!

Laura said...

Oh. My. God. I think my DH is packing his bags to leave me as we speak!

These look soooo good. I bet it's all you can do to eat one they are so rich!

Erin said...

These look delicious! Chocolate and peanut butter is the most fabulous combination!

Scott W. said...

Alright, so you've gotta make some cupcakes when we are in Pennsylvania. These would work. Yummy!!!

Jen said...

haha no prob Scott. Just let me know what you're in the mood for. These were delicious...

Ingrid said...

The only time I like chocolate or PB is when they're together so these are looking pretty good to me!

Btw, your salmon and the "sauce" looked really good too!

Mermaid Sweets said...

Thanks so much for the link back, your cuppies look amazing.

comfycook said...

I just discovered these and can't wait to make them. Love chocolate and peanut butter.

LauraC said...

I just made your vegan chocolate cupcakes over the weekend for some vegan friends and they were a huge hit. I had bookmarked this cupcake recipe for mother's day because I LOVE peanut butter cups.

Anyway I wanted to let you know the woman from Confetti Cakes was on Rachel Ray and they posted the official recipe on the Rachel Ray website. Not sure if you want to link it?

Jan said...

THank you for this post! I tried the cupcakes out here:

and loved it!


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