Sunday, November 6, 2011

Cupcake Love

My favorite dessert of all time is a yummy cupcake. I love baking cupcakes. They don’t often turn out the way I hope, but I usually eat them anyway. There's a great blog I also Stumbled Upon, I decided to try out this recipe, peanut butter cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese frosting, because chocolate and peanut butter make my knees weak. This blog is 
really cute and has a ton of delicious sounding recipes. 
Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting!

The cupcakes are made with these ingredients:

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup milk
3/4 cup peanut butter chips
The recipe was pretty straight forward. (If you want to see any of the pictures larger, just click on them.)
First I had to cream the peanut butter and butter. It would have been easier if I had cuter mixing bowls. 

Next add sugar, eggs then vanilla. Don’t add the shells like I did. 

Combine dry ingredients, then add half to the batter. 

This is how I know I'm adding half. I draw a line down the center. It's very mathematical. 

Add Reese's peanut butter chips. I ate a few while I was mixing. 

This mix turned out to be thicker than any other cake batter I’ve encountered. 

Everything smelled so great, but when I took them out of the pan I realized about half of the cupcakes were burnt on the bottom. Classic Smash move. 

 Now onto the frosting, aka the best part. 
The recipe calls for:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 block cream cheese (8 ounces), softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
1-2 tablespoons milk, if needed
I thought I had the cocoa powder at home when I was hopping for the ingredients. However, when I was putting together the ingredients I realized I had regular cocoa powder, not dark. 

Cream cheese and butter creamed together. 

Then I opened the cupboard and cornstach came flying at me. I felt like I kept finding it on the counter the whole week. 

It was pretty easy to combine the ingredients but the frosting was ridiculously thick. So I kept adding more and more milk until it was thinner. 

I only have one metal tip to frost the cakes. (More tips are on my list for Christmas.) 
While I was frosting, I realized I shouldn’t have added all of that extra milk. Thin frosting doesn’t turn out that great. While I was piping the frosting I kept wishing it was thicker. It felt like it would slide off the cupcake. I don't have any photos of the frosting in motion because I'm just not that talented at photographing yet. 
The end result. 

GB’s exact words “These are the best cupcakes you’ve ever made.” 
I’ve only ever made him cupcakes out of the box, so at least I’m one step in the right direction. 
I thought they were pretty tasty myself. The melted peanut butter chips added something extra special. 
I had this much frosting left over. Somthing about that seems weird. 

The big lesson I learned: Follow the instructions. The frosting tasted ok, but I’m positive it would have been better with the dark cocoa. Follow the instructions! The frosting also would have been better if I had left it thicker. 
Oh well - I’ll try again next time. 

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