Thursday, June 24, 2010

Birthday Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

I'm a sucker for anything chocolate peanut butter, and every year on my birthday, Laurie makes me a different chocolate and peanut butter themed dessert. This was from this year's birthday--unbelievable chocolate peanut butter cupcakes. They were chocolate cupcakes with a peanut butter cream filling, chocolate buttercream frosting, and a Reese's peanut butter cup on top. They were terrific and very filling with a perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

This was a simple chocolate cake batter scooped into the cupcake cups with an ice cream scoop. The filling was whipped peanut butter folded into whipped cream, which was piped into each cupcake. The frosting was very light and more mousse-like then thick. I liked to top a cake or cupcake with something which reflects what is inside, so these are toped with peanut butter cups.

1) Make sure you use a cake that will hold a filling (These cakes were very moist and fell apart from the weight of the peanut butter filling)
2) Don't overfill the cupcakes or they will fall apart (Dan got lots of samples of the cupcake that exploded)

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