Sunday, October 24, 2010

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing

I have been very into baking lately, and have been waiting to try out this recipe! My friend Megan was having another baby shower, so I asked her if I could bring some food! These cupcakes didn't turn out very pretty, I think it is the coloring, but they sure taste good! Recipe follows.


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• 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

• 2/3 cup granulated sugar

• 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed

• 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature

• 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

• 1 cup buttermilk, shaken, at room temperature

• 1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature

• 2 tablespoons brewed coffee

• 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 cup good cocoa powder

• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

• Kathleen's Peanut Butter Icing, recipe follows

• Chopped salted peanuts, to decorate, optional


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and 2 sugars on high speed until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Lower the speed to medium, add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, and coffee. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. On low speed, add the buttermilk mixture and the flour mixture alternately in thirds to the mixer bowl, beginning with the buttermilk mixture and ending with the flour mixture. Mix only until blended. Fold the batter with a rubber spatula to be sure it's completely blended.

Divide the batter among the cupcake pans (1 rounded standard ice cream scoop per cup is the right amount). Bake in the middle of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from the pans, and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Frost each cupcake with Peanut Butter Icing and sprinkle with chopped peanuts, if desired.

Kathleen's Peanut Butter Icing:

• 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.

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  1. Oh there goes any chance of dieting again LOL! These look so good, worth breaking any before-summer-holidays-diet for!I'm going to have to try these. The combination reminds me of Reese's chocolates.

  2. I saw these on her show and been wanting to make them. Looks delicious!

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  3. Chocolate and peanut butter always work for me. Cute cupcake.

  4. Stopping by from tempt my tummy tuesday. these look delish! I made a chocolate peanut butter cupcake but the peanutbutter was in the actual cake part and then I frosted with a buttercream frosting. I think they are very cute for your friends babyshower.

  5. I just made a version of this recipe this past weekend. Peanut butter and chocolate...a classic combo. Yours look great!

  6. Ummmmm can you say Yum?? I love anything peanut butter! I can't wait to try these....Thank you for posting!

  7. How yummy! I've been thinking of making some cupcakes with peanut butter frosting myself. Perhaps I'll try this recipe!

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  9. These look SO good! I'm highlighting them on my "Inspiration for the Weekend" post on my blog.

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  11. Chocolate and peanut butter I'm so making this! I featured it today at "Featuring You Friday" @ Me Making Do!
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  12. I've been trying different peanut butter recipes looking for the perfect one, I'll have to try this! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

  13. I would love it if you'd come on over and link this up to Foodie Friday.

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  14. These look so yummy! Thanks for sharing

  15. I just made these and they are AMAZING!!!! thank you