Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

My dear freind, A Part-time Happy Homemaker, celebrated a Birthday this weekend, which was a great reason to try some new cupcakes. So I set out on a search for the perfect recipe and this one did not disappoint. Seriously, how can you go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter?!

Chocolate Cupcakes
8 Tbsp butter at room temperature, cut into small pieces
1 Tbsp dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 C cocoa powder
3/4 C all purpose flour
2 large eggs
3/4 C granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C sour cream

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat to 350 degrees F. (If you are using a non-stick muffin pan, heat the oven to 325 degrees F.) Line standard-size muffin pan with baking cup liners.

Combine butter, chocolate, and cocoa in medium heatproof bowl. Set bowl over saucepan containing barely simmering water; heat mixture until butter and chocolate are melted and whisk until smooth and combined. (Alternately, you can microwave the mixture at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted.) Set aside to cool until just warm to the touch.

Whisk flour, baking soda, and baking powder in small bowl to combine. 

Whisk eggs in second medium bowl to combine; add sugar, vanilla, and salt until fully incorporated. Add cooled chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Sift about one-third of flour mixture over chocolate mixture and whisk until combined; whisk in sour cream until combined, then sift remaining flour mixture over and whisk until batter is homogeneous and thick. The consistency will be like a thick chocolate mousse.

Divide the batter evenly among muffin pan cups. Bake until skewer inserted into center of cupcakes comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes.

Cool cupcakes in muffin pan on wire rack until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes. Carefully lift each cupcake from muffin pan and set on wire rack. Cool to room temperature before icing, about 30 minutes.

Peanut Butter Frosting
1 C confectioners’ sugar
1 C creamy peanut butter
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp kosher salt
1/3 C half-and-half

Place the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. 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.