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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10 Responses to “Chocolate Fudge Swirl Ice Cream”

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — August 14, 2013 at 8:42 am

    My ice cream with coconut milk keeps freezing solid, into a very solid rock. Any ideas what the problem is? I have a recipe going up tomorrow, with a disclaimer that you need to defrost it if you freeze it overnight, heh…

    • beantownbaker — August 16th, 2013 @ 8:16 am

      Hm. I have noticed that some of my ice creams do need to sit on the counter for a bit before they’re scoopable. But I haven’t noticed if it’s related to the coconut milk or not… Mine is usually fine after sitting out for 10 minutes or so…

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    Shannon — August 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    you are on a roll with the frozen treats! sounds like its been a good summer 🙂

    • beantownbaker — August 16th, 2013 @ 8:34 am

      I definitely am on a roll this summer… Homemade ice cream is just so dang good.

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — August 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Love that you use coconut milk with all of this chocolate!

    • beantownbaker — August 16th, 2013 @ 8:19 am

      I love the subtle coconut flavor that it provides!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — August 19, 2013 at 9:05 am

    So much chocolaty goodness, wow I need this in my life. This ice cream looks beyond amazing!! Pinning :))

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    Nutmeg Nanny — August 19, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Chocolate fudge <3 oh my! This looks wonderful!

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    Tracy | Pale Yellow — August 23, 2013 at 10:12 am

    That’s where those extra pounds have come from! Delicious homemade ice cream ruins all diets, but it’s just so yummy! This batch looks fantastic!

    • beantownbaker — August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:40 am

      Absolutely! It’s so worth it.

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