Tuesday, September 1, 2009

♥Best Ever Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing♥

For cupcakes
    1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
    1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter, softened
    1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
    1 large egg
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    2/3 cup whole milk
      For icing
      1/3 cup heavy cream
      4 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
      1/3 cup chopped peanuts


        Preheat oven to 350°F.
        Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

        Beat together peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until blended, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until fluffy, about 1 minute. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture and milk alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture, then mix until just combined.

        Divide batter among lined muffin cups (about two-thirds full) and bake in middle of oven until pale golden and a tester inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Turn cupcakes out onto a rack and cool completely.

        Make icing while cupcakes cool

        Bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan, then pour over chocolate in a small bowl. Let stand 1 minute, then whisk until smooth.

        To thicken icing to spreading consistency quickly, spread it on a metal baking sheet and chill until thick and glossy, about 5 minutes. Scrape icing back into bowl and stir until smooth. Spread icing on cupcakes and sprinkle with peanuts.
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        Kim said...

        You can never go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate - one of my favorite combinations : )

        Drawn to The Sea said...

        Something yummy for the weekend, thank you! Peanut butter makes me happy.


        bj said...

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        ANYway, I copied several of your recipes and will let you know when I try them....MANY thanks.