Archive for July, 2012

PostHeaderIcon Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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I’m a bad blogger, I know. The only excuse I can offer you is that I’m busy with an almost one-year old (can you believe my baby is almost one!?) and I haven’t been very creative in the kitchen. I tend to make the same dishes over and over again, all of which are already on my blog. And the few times I’ve made something new, well, it just wasn’t blog-worthy.

Well, these cupcakes are definitely blog-worthy. My husband, Audrey, and I went to my brother and sister-in-law’s condo for the 4th of July and I brought these cupcakes and my favorite salad (recipe to come!). I know my brother loves the combination of chocolate and peanut butter so I made these with him in mind. The chocolate cupcake is made with sour cream, making it super moist, and then they’re topped with a truly amazing peanut butter frosting.

The combination is perfection. You must make these soon.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

For the cupcake:
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups sugar
2 large eggs

For the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
½ cup creamy peanut butter
3¼ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line two cupcake tins with cupcake liners.

To make the cupcake 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, 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.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cupcake liners, filling about 2/3 full. 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.

To make the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese, butter and peanut butter until smooth.  Slowly mix in the confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth and well blended.  Mix in the whipped topping until smooth and fluffy.  Frost cooled cupcakes as desired.

Source: Annie’s Eats