Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate and Peanut Butter CupcakesThere is nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter. Together. In a cupcake.

I’ve been searching for the perfect chocolate cupcake recipe for a while, and I think this may be it. I used to always go by the Primrose Bakery chocolate cupcakes; however these are so much richer and less sickly sweet. They last a lot longer too, if they don’t get eaten immediately…

This recipe does have coffee in it, which may put people off making it, but don’t, because once it is cooked you cannot taste it. It just makes the chocolate flavour more intense.

And the peanut butter frosting. Words are not enough, just make it.

I’ll apologize in advance; the recipe is in cups… I hate weighing things in cups, but this recipe has some really weird numbers if it’s in grams, so sorry!

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups  or 205g plain flour

3/4 cup or 70g cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 3/4 cups or 340g caster sugar

1/2 cup or 120ml sunflower oil (any unflavored oil will do)

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups or 300ml strong coffee, cooled

For the frosting:

2 cups icing sugar

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup unsalted butter

2 tbsp milk
Mix1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Wet ingredients2. Whisk together the sugar, oil and eggs until smooth. Add the vanilla.

Chocolate cake mix3. Alternate adding the sugar mix and the coffee to the flour. Whisk until smooth and glossy.

London cupcake caseSONY DSC4. I got some gorgeous cupcake cases cheap after the Jubilee weekend, so they had to be used… Fill each case 2/3 full. I use an ice-cream scoop to get them all the same size. Put into the oven and bake for 20-25 mint

SONY DSC5. Whilst the cakes are cooking, make the frosting.  Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer or handheld whisk until smooth. Add the peanut butter and milk and beat until light and fluffy. Try not to eat it all at this stage, tempting though it is…

SONY DSC6. Leave the cakes to cool. They should be springy to the touch and a skewer should come out clean.

Peanut butter cakes7. Ice and decorate with whatever, I used fudge chunks and crunchy chocolate balls.

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Peanut butter and Nutella Macaroons

 

 

Peanut Butter and Nutella Macaroons

All day, I have just wanted to get home and make macaroons! Only to find we had no cream and I was feeling too lazy to go out to buy some! However, using a peanut butter and nutella filling works surprisingly well. These are really yummy macaroons, even if they do take a fair bit of time to make!

You will need

130g egg whites

230g icing sugar

130g almond powder or ground almonds

60g granulated sugar

cocoa powder, to dust

3 tbs peanut butter

3 tbs nutella

1 tbs cocoa powder

1. Prepare the egg whites. It is a very awkward amount, but I haven’t found a recipe that uses whole eggs so we’ll have to stick with 130g! This approximately 4 eggs.

2. Sieve the icing sugar and ground almonds into a bowl.

3. Put the eggs whites into a large bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until the eggs have the texture of shaving foam. Add the granulated sugar and whisk until it has a glossy texture.

4.Add the sifted powders into the meringue and fold in gently.

5. Pipe the mixture into small circles on several baking sheets. Try to get them more or less the same size.  Lightly tap the tray on the counter to remove air bubbles and leave the trays for half an hour to form a skin. Preheat the oven to 130 degrees in a conventional oven.

6. Dust the tops with cocoa powder before cooking.

7. Bake for 12-15 minutes and then leave to cool at room temperature.

8. For the filling, whisk the peanut butter, nutella and cocoa powder together and then pipe a dollop to sandwich 2 macaroons together.

9. Enjoy!