Thursday, April 2, 2009

chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter buttercream

Don't make these cupcakes. Just don't. And if you ignore my advice and make them, certainly don't add the peanut butter buttercream. Yes, that's right--peanut butter buttercream. But don't even think about it. Especially if you're the kind of person who can't keep peanut butter in the house because you end up eating the whole jar, spoonful by spoonful, within a week (you know, just hypothetically speaking). Because this frosting won't even last a day. So just avert your eyes, close down your computer, and walk away.

What are you still doing here? Haven't you heard a word I said? Okay then, I'm going to give you the recipe. But don't say I didn't warn you.

Save Your Heart Chocolate Cake
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup brewed coffee

Preheat oven to 350. Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa and baking soda. In another bowl, mix buttermilk, oil and coffee. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Spoon into lined muffin tins and bake about 20 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean.

Peanut Butter Buttercream
Adapted from The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

1 cup (2 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup natural peanut butter

Combine butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add milk and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add 1/3 cup of the natural peanut butter. Continue adding peanut butter to taste (you might not need the full 1/2 cup, or you might like a little more than that--it's up to you!). Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.


Astra Libris said...

OH my goodness, peanut butter buttercream??!! On chocolate cupcakes??!! H-E-A-V-E-N... Pure heaven...

julia said...

I had blocked the peanut butter buttercream from my memory because it's so addicting. You can't remind me of it again!! Not fair!!!!

but... um, is anyone having a bday coming up so we can make them again?

Teanna said...

There is nothing better than cupcakes. There is nothing better than chocolate. There is nothing better than peanut butter. There is nothing better from those cupcakes!!!

Bret's Table said...

I found your blog via Zoe Bakes. I can't think of a better combination than Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Thanks for sharing! They look delicious!

Chrissy said...

This is the most delicious thing I've seen all week. Thanks for the warning, but I have a feeling I'll be making/eating all of these very soon.

Anonymous said...

I made these for my bro for his b-day- amazing!! Def. a new favorite THANKS!!

Nik said...

Theses are amazing! Nothing better than peanut butter and chocolate- I used the full amount of peanut butter and it was perfect. A keeper for sure!