Monday, February 25, 2013

Peanut Butter-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

If I were forced to choose, I would say that my very favorite flavor combination is that of chocolate and peanut butter. I have a good friend whom I nearly had to cut ties with when I discovered that while she likes chocolate and peanut butter, she does not like them together. This boggles my mind. Boggles, I tell you! I'm sure there are more of you out there -- probably closing out of your browser tab as you read this -- but for the rest of you, I hope that you love this chocolate cupcake, filled and topped with creamy peanut butter. I sure do!
I made these sweet little lovelies for my husband's birthday, and they were a great success. Perfectly chocolatey cupcakes, not too light and not too dark, with a heavenly core of peanut butter goodness. The icing has great peanut butter flavor and isn't too light and fluffy (I want a little more substance).
I even had to chance to experiment with my icing kit which I am pretty wretched at using. (I did not include my first disastrous attempts, but I probably should have just for the yuks.) But really, all you need is a butter knife and you can just slather that icing right on the top. No need for frills. On that note, don't be intimidated by the lengthy recipe below. There are a few steps, but it really isn't very difficult or time consuming (if it was, I wouldn't bother with it myself.)

Peanut Butter-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes


adapted from Annie's Eats and Ina Garten


Makes 24 cupcakes.

Ingredients:


For the filling:
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

For the cake:

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 2 tbsp. milk

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 
2 large eggs

For the 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


Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two muffin tins with 12 cupcake liners.


To make the filling: Combine the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls (at least 24) and set aside on a baking sheet.

To make the cake batter: Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; whisk together and set aside. In a liquid measuring cup, stir together the sour cream, milk and vanilla extract. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (I used a hand mixer), combine the butter and sugar, and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed.  With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the dry ingredients and the sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.  Mix just until incorporated.

Spoon a tablespoon or two of batter into the bottom of each cupcake liner.  Place a ball of the peanut butter filling in each cupcake well and top with the remaining batter so that all the cups are filled. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. When the cupcakes are completely cool, top with peanut butter icing.

To make the peanut butter icing:
Place the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (again, I used a hand mixer). 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.

23 comments:

  1. It is birthday season in our household and these would be most welcome no doubt! Can't think of a better sweet flavor combination!

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  2. These look so damn good! YUM YUM! I will be making them asap....Love the chocolate pb combo!

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  3. Oh mama... these look outrageously good!! Such a classic combo.

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  4. Thanks for the almost mention in your post. I'm glad our friendship has outlasted our diverging opinions about chocolate and peanut butter. And I'm glad that you have many other posts that I can use in my kitchen :)

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    1. Ha! Thanks for suffering through the photos to get down to the comment section. :)

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  5. At what temperature am I supposed to bake these cupcakes?

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  6. Dulcie, I can't imagine that someone wouldn't like peanut butter and chocolate together - that's crazy talk;) My husband and kiddos would kill for those beautiful cupcakes. Yum!
    xo
    E

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  7. Seems good! I'm gonna try this ;)

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  8. Yum, yum and YUM! These look and sound delicious. Beautiful pictures too.

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  9. Does this make 12 or 24 cupcakes?

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    1. This makes 24 cupcakes! I will add that info.

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  10. OMG, I love these! totally going to try this recipe! yum! chocolate and peanut butter is also one of my fave flavor combinations. . strawberry + orange is a close 2nd. That or blueberry + lemon, yum!!

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    1. Strawberry banana in my opinion is the best

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  11. Would it work to freeze these with the frosting and all?

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  12. I am really not sure...never tried that, but I'd be worried things would turn melty and soggy. If you try it, let us know.

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  13. These were the worst cupcakes I have made in a while. The cake was so light that the peanut butter filling sank to the bottom and left me with a huge hole. Then when I tried to pull them from the pan, almost every single one fell apart. The cake needs to be sturdier for such a heavy filling to go in while they are baking.

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  14. Made these this afternoon. They are delicious. I had the filling sink a little, but I've made filled cupcakes before and know you have to put extra cake batter on the bottom. There is a diver in the top of the cupcake, but that will get filled with frosting. The cake is moist and chocolatey. Yum!!! Could adjust to have a little less filling. But, so good! Had extra filling. Gonna put it on something ...

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  15. I've featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don't mind, but if you do, please contact me and I'll remove it. All the best.

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  16. Very beautiful, super moist chocolate cupcake, lovely presentation Dulcie.

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