Friday, April 9, 2010

Peanut Butter w/ Chocolate Glaze Cupcakes

Sometimes when i am in a baking mood, but i dont want to go out & buy any extra ingredients - i check on what i already have and bake based on what supplies i have, and in this case it was crunchy peanut butter, milk chocolate melts, and thickened cream. I found this recipe here, and whipped it all up one fine Sunday morning :O)

Make sure you don't overfill the cupcake liners as you need a bit of room to pour the chocolate glaze on and for it to set (i filled them just over half way)

I love making ganache and i love the decadent texture you get when it sets, or like me i ate a huge spoonful before putting any on the cupcakes... :P

Makes 12 cupcakes


For cupcakes

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

6 tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup smooth peanut butter, room temp
 (i used crunchy PB)
1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk

For chocolate glaze

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 cup milk chocolate chips

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


To make cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350F.

Line muffin tin cupcs with paper cupcake liners

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl and set aside

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar until smoothly blended and lightened in color, about 1 minute.

Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing.

Mix in egg.

Add vanilla and beat for 1 minute or until batter smooth.

On low speed, add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and mixing until the flour is incorporated and the batter looks smooth.

Fill each liner with a generous 1/4 cup of batter, to about 1/3 inch below the top of the liner.

Bake just until the tops feel firm and are lightly browned and a toothpic inserted in the center comes out clean, about 22 minutes. There will be cracks on the top.

Cool cupcakes for 10 minutes in the pan on wire rack.

To make chocolate glaze

In a medium saucepan, heat the cream and butter over low heat until the cream is hot and the butter has melted.

The mixture should form tiny bubbles and measure about 175F on a thermometer; do not let it boil.

Remove the pan from the heat, add the milk chocolate and let it sit in the hot cream for 30 secs to soften.

Add the vanilla and whisk the glaze until it is smooth and all the chocolate has melted. (Return the glaze to low heat if necessary to melt the chocolate completely, whisking constantly.)

The glaze should be thick enough to hold its shape when spread over the cupcakes. If it is too liquid to spread, let it sit at room temp for 5-15 minutes, depending on the temp of your kitchen.

Using a small spatula, spread 1 tbsp of glaze over the top of each cupcake.

Because i used crunchy PB, a friend tried them and said they tasted like snickers cupcakes hehe :)


Gastronomy Gal said...

the chocolate glaze looks so yummy :) you showed some serious self restraint, if I was cooking, half the cupcakes would be missing the glaze and I would be nursing a stomach ache!

Amy @ cookbookmaniac said...

That chocolate topping looks so good. I now have a hankering for peanut butter and chocolate!

A cupcake or two said...

I Heart Peanut Butter. Its so delicious. I had peanut butter brownies on the weekend. So delicious. Your cupcakes are so cute. They look like Reese Cups yum.

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

oooh chocolate + PB = PERFECT combination! I love that chocolate glaze :)

Jen said...

Wow, that choc glaze looks amazing! I recently made a chocolate and peanut butter combination too...hehe, how good is it!

Belle@Ooh, Look said...

I just love how the ganache sits inside the cupcake paper - they look perfectly delicious. Good one, Betty :)

missklicious said...

They do look a bit like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups- hehe, yum!

Emma @CakeMistress said...

Betty, I can't believe such deliciousness exists within reach of my pantry, sooo dangerous!

I loooove peanut butter and chocolate. Seriously, the craving was so bad tonight I made peanut butter toast, stuck cooking chocolate in the middle and had a melty toast sandwich. Your cupcakes look way better :)

Von said...

I love how the ganache makes the cupcakes look so much better than just the cupcakes. I'm not much of a fan of peanut butter unless they're in baked goods =] These cupcakes look delicious!

Shari said...

Snicker's cupcakes! How cool! They sure do look tasty!!

Shari said...

Snicker's cupcakes! How cool! They sure do look tasty!!

Kristy Sayer said...

These look super yum! Peanut butter and chocolate is the best food combination ever.

Anonymous said...

I think your friend summed up the flavours right! Snickers is the way to go, most people I know love it more than Mars. :)

Kitchen Butterfly said...

I love making ganache too......especially for cupcakes! superb bites, and I think I'd rather have snickers than otherwise

chocolatesuze said...

yum that looks delish! hehe i always make a double recipe of ganache so that i can have a whole bowl to eat separately :D

linda said...

OMG holy holy crap. I absolutely adore peanut butter. I love this recipe, because I have all these ingredients in the pantry. I also love the glossy ganache. I so want to make this muffin soon.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

They look like big peanut butter cups! How utterly fabulous! :D

foodwink said...

Oh my goodness. I love the combination of peanut butter and choc. Oreos used to come out in this combination, but not anymore :(

Anh said...

I've meant to try PB + choco combo for a while! You have inspired me!

Anonymous said...

looks so much like peanut butter cups!
ehehe brilliant combo there.
if i made these.. i probably wont stop eating them.
giant peanut butter cups? a dream come true!

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge said...

oh yum cupcakes!! and what better flavour than chocolate and're a girl after my own heart!1

Trissa said...

I like the idea of a snickers cupcake - they are one of my secret indulgences (the chocolate bar I mean!).

tasteofbeirut said...

The peanut butter cupcakes and the ganache on top sounds so sinful and yummy; I will make them and watch them disappear in minutes I am sure!

cusinera said...

seriously they look like giant reese's peanutbutter cups, will try this soon once I start my baking escapades, b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l !!!!

pierre said...

hi betty I could have so many of those in one bite !! THanks for the sharing !! Pierre de Paris

Elaine from Cookware Help said...

Oh my, even at 7:00 in the morning this looks amazing and so tempting! This is what my fantasy looks like – chocolate and peanut butter galore!

I thank you for the recipe… but I needed to drink a glass of milk just looking at them. :)

panda said...

my plan this week is to go through the pantry and bake with what i have at home. it was just last week that i went through the cupboards and realised i had way too much stuff - somehow all the half used bags of ingredients seem to just build up!

and well, i was going to say, you can't go wrong with a peanut butter and chocolate combo!

Gourmantic said...

That looks like a decadent and rich cupcake. I like the side view showing the depth of the ganache :)