Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Honestly...the pictures don't do them justice anyway. Last week I was craving cupcakes...simple cupcakes, but not plain white. I needed flavor, but nothing too out there (and nothing that I'd have to really hit up the grocery store for). Enter in...Peanut Butter Cupcakes w/Chocolate Frosting (makes 10 cups). Peanut Butter Cupcakes Ingredients: 1/4 cup peanut butter 3 tablespoons margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup honey 1 egg 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup skim milk Directions: Blend together peanut butter and margarine. Add vanilla and honey, beating well. Beat in egg. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Place 10 cupcake liners in muffin cups. Fill 1/2 full. Bake at 375F for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Chocolate Frosting Ingredients: 1/4 cup shortening, melted 1/2 cup cocoa 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup milk 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sift if lumpy Directions: In a saucepan, melt shortening. Remove from heat after melting and add cocoa and salt. Stir in milk and vanilla. Put all sugar in a bowl. Add chocolate mixture to sugar. Mix at med speed until smooth and creamy. Add 1 Tbs. more milk, if needed for good spreading consistency. For the record...I love these cups. When they were two days old I brought them to work (b/c Husby was too busy working on leftover baby shower cake to work on the cups) so my co-workers here could eat them up for me, and I had one for breakfast (I'm sure I'm not the ONLY person on earth that has had a cupcake for breakfast)...and the combo of the peanut butter, the chocolate frosting, and my hot coffee...divine. A co-worker (actually kind of one of the bosses) commented: "You didn't skimp on the frosting" When I asked him if he thought it was too much frosting? "Oh no, I have no problem with copius amounts of chocolate frosting!" So it was a good thing. Husby and Co-worker/Boss both agreed they expected the cup to be more "peanut buttery". So perhaps next time I'll omit the honey and up the pb another 1/4 cup. Just for reference I used Peter Pan chunky (my favorite) so the cups also had little peanut bits in them that I found to be delightful for texture. The batter goes together really easily and smells heavenly (if you are into Peanut Butter). The frosting you have to work with quickly b/c it comes together very quickly as well..and is a pretty thick application...I did have to add probably about 1-2 tbls of milk to get the consistency I wanted. In my mind, a hit, I'll for sure be making them again!! If you make them, let me know what you think of them!! And again...sorry for the no picture...I'm w/out a computer at home (do most of my blogging at work..sssshhhhh!) and it's hard to get Husby to download my pictures at his busy office. One of these days I'll try to get them on here, I promise!