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Friday, January 28, 2011

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

The texture of these peanut butter cupcakes is delightful and the frosting compliments it perfectly. If you're a peanut butter fan, you absolutely have to give these a shot. Of course, you could use creamy peanut butter if you're not too sure about peanuts in your cupcakes.

These were originally for my volleyball team, but our game was cancelled. I ended up giving them out to my friends in the hallways. No complaints there!

From the 500 Cupcakes cookbook.

For the Cupcakes:
1 cup sweet butter, softened
1 cup superfine sugar
2 cups self-rising flour
4 eggs
1 cup crunchy peanut butter

For the Frosting:
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup sweet butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
2 tbsp. milk

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place 18 baking cups in muffins pans. Combine the butter, sugar, flour, and eggs in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the peanut butter until well combined. Spoon the batter into the cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minuted. Then remove the cupcakes and cool on a wire rack.

To make the frosting, combine the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the confectioners' sugar along with the milk, and beat until well combined. Swirl the frosting to the cooled cupcakes.

Notes:
- This makes a lot of frosting, so depending on how much frosting you like on your cupcakes, you could probably cut it down a bit.
- I sprinkled chocolate shavings on top.

6 comments:

Trish said...
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Trish said...

Wow--such a simple recipe, too! I like that...

These look so good, Margaret*. Are they rich? I love peanut butter but sometimes it can be overwhelming?

(forgive mistake in first comment...)

Lisa said...

That frosting looks so creamy. Peanut butter on peanut butter sounds good to me. I have a linky party on my blog every week called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by tomorrow and link this up.

Staci said...

Everyone in my house loves peanut butter!!! These look great. Now can you add a smelling button to this blog???

verity said...

Those look great - I've made peanut butter cupcakes before but only with a chocolate frosting and I love the idea of using peanut butter in it.

Margaret said...

Trish - They were fairly easy to make! The peanut butter is not overwhelming.

Lisa - I'm sorry I missed it, but I definitely will link a dessert up soon.

Staci - Hahah, I love that idea!

Verity - That sounds amazing. I think there is a variation in the book with chocolate frosting. I'll try it next time I make these.