Monday 18 August 2008

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is great American favourite and yet it has only recently started to take off here in the UK. It has quickly become one of my favourite flavour combinations. The creamy, nutty and slightly salty peanut flavour paired with rich, bittersweet chocolate provides a great sweet/savoury yin and yang match. What better way to encourage people to experience this taste sensation than in a simple cupcake, after all everyone likes cake.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
For the cupcakes
100g self raising flour
115g butter
115g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
20g cocoa powder

Peanut Butter Frosting
100g butter
40g smooth peanut butter
150g icing sugar

Chocolate buttons

Preheat the oven to 175C. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
Beat together the butter, sugar until smooth and then beat in the eggs.
Sift over the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and beat until well combined.
Spoon into the muffin cases, using a tablespoon, filling each case half way.
Bake for 22-24 minutes until risen and springy.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire wrack to cool.
Meanwhile make the frosting. Beat the butter and peanut butter together until well combined.
Sift over the icing sugar in two batches, beating well between each batch until smooth.
Spread a generous amount of the frosting on top of the cooled cupcakes and top with a large chocolate button.
Makes 10-12 cupcakes


Sonya said...

Im originally from the U.S. but now live in the netherlands and I couldnt believe it when there wasnt one peanubutter chocolate product to buy here! I thought everyone loved that Im going to try these cupcakes,they look delicious!

Beth (jamandcream) said...

As you well know Ive just discovered this great combo. Ive bookmarked these to make. They sound yummy. Like the Apple and Spice profile pic!

Deborah said...

I'm glad you've converted to the combination - it's one of the best ones out there! what great cupcakes!

Poonam said...

how lovely!

Johanna GGG said...

i have a love hate relationship with that combination but it does appeal to me when I see your cute cupcakes

Katie said...

Im loving your blog- cupcakes rule. Id recommend you try this recipe too- the ingredients look a little strange but they taste immense

Gigi said...

Chocolate and peanut butter are one of my favorite cake combinations! Can we say ...YUMMY!