Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Best Cupcakes EVER.

I am not a baker. But lately (probably due to Genevieve’s upcoming 1st birthday) I am obsessed with all things cupcakes. Perhaps at a later time I will post about some of the cool cupcake accessories (who even knew there was such a thing) I’ve found online but for now I just wanted to share this amazing recipe. As a side note, the good thing about the recipes I share is that you know if I can make it, anyone can--especially in the baking arena. And perhaps your skill level is higher than mine (and so your expectations are as well) but from my perspective this is the best cupcake ever!



From taste of home Cake Mix treats:

Batter:
1 Package (18 ¼ ounces) chocolate cake mix
1 ¼ c water*
1/2 c peanut butter
1/3 c canola oil
3 eggs
24 miniature peanut butter cups

Frosting:
6 ounces of semi sweet chocolate, chopped
2/3 c heavy whipping cream
1/3 c peanut butter
Additional miniature peanut butter cups, chopped

1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water*, peanut butter, oil and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes or until smooth.
2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. Place a peanut butter cup in the center of each cupcake. Cover each with 1 TBs of batter.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
4. Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Stir in peanut butter. Cool, stirring occasionally, to room temperature or until ganache reaches a spreading consistency, about 10 minutes. (I had to stick in the freezer for a few minutes because it was still too soft after 10 minutes).
5. Spread over cupcakes; immediately sprinkle with additional peanut butter cups. Let stand until set.






Editor’s note: Reduced-fat or generic brands of peanut butter are not recommended for this recipe (and really why would you try to save a few tiny calories anyway?!).

3 comments:

  1. Oh my, Dave would LOVE these... they look incredible!

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  2. I'll be making them for G's birthday so he'll get a fix then. I made them for Joe's birthday and he loved them. We don't usually like the same desserts but we both ♥ peanut butter and chocolate anything.

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