A couple of weeks ago, I came home from the store with peanut butter, cupcake liners, flour, cocoa powder and Reese's peanut butter cups.
Mr. Foodie asks "what is all that for?"
"Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcakes of course. Duh!"
I even got all fancy on him. I piped the frosting on the cupcake by cutting the tip off the freezer bag (haven't yet upgraded to a fancy pastry bag) and chopped up the Reese's peanut butter cups to sprinkle on top.
"umph, that's a pretty damn good cupcake. I had my doubts but, you were right"
Alas, my three favorite words (after my other three favorite words). Things would be a lot simpler if he just remembered that from the beginning.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes (makes 12)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 cup cold water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cupcake pan by spraying with cooking oil and placing liners in the pan. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, shift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together vanilla extract, oil, vinegar and water. Then slowly whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. The mixture will be wet but do not overmix.
Pour the batter into the cups until they are 2/3 full. Place cupcake pan into oven for approximately 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted into the center and comes out clean.
Remove from oven and cool in pan for 10 minutes. Then remove to wire rack to cool completely before adding the frosting.
Peanut Butter Frosting
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 - 1 1/2 tablespoon milk (depending on desired consistency)
Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together to butter and peanut butter until creamy and there are no more butter lumps. Add the two cups of powdered sugar and beat on low for 1minute. Add milk and beat on medium for an additional minute. Add additional powdered sugar if you want your frosting to be thicker.
Decorate cupcakes with frosting and sprinkle with chopped Reese's peanut butter cups
adapted from joy the baker