3 words for you…Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Day 2 of my cakery quest was a success! My peanut butter cupccakes turned out fantastic! I used the recipe for the Peanut Butter Cupcakes from allrecipes.com. I usually follow the advice given by other people who have commented on the recipe, and today was no different. However, the only thing I changed was replacing one cup of the flour with whole wheat flower. The rest I used unbleached flour. The cake on its own was scrumptious! The batter tasted incredibly peanut buttery, but this faded slightly after they were baked. To top the cupcakes I decided to go for a Chocolate Ganache topping instead of a chocolate icing. I think it would have been great either way. Of course, I didn’t have 8 oz of bittersweet chocolate so I had to use half bitter and half semisweet. I am sure it changed the taste, but next time I might even do it with all semisweet instead of bittersweet as the recipe calls for. I tried both spreading the ganache to the very edge of the cupcakes and also did it leaving a little border around the edge to still see the cake. It was definitely better the latter rather than the former – for both looks and not getting chocalte all over the cake cups. I sprinkled chopped peanut butter cups on top. Small hint – freezing the cups makes them much easier to chop, which of course makes the cupcakes much prettier.
We had a couple of our neighbors, S and T, over for our own taste test and the ratings were fantastic all the way around (even S who doesn’t really like sweet stuff). My husband ate three in less than ten minutes. So I think I would consider this one a keeper! I have a few ideas for how I would like to use the cake next time. Of course, there is the option of strictly using chocolate icing on top. S came up with the idea of using crunchy peanut butter instead of regular and we ALL agreed that would be wonderful! I would like to make a layered round cake using the crunchy peanut butter, chocolate icing in between the two layers with peanut butter cups and the ganache on top with peanut butter cups on the entire cake. Needless to say, intense is a great word to describe this cake! YUM!