Thursday, July 05, 2012

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cookie Frosting

Last weekend, Mike and I packed up the truck and drove 5 hours to go camping with my Mom's family in Canada.  It was hot, but thankfully we had a bit of shade on our lot.  We enjoyed catching up with everyone, swimming, campfires, and lots of good food (of course!).

My Dad's birthday was on Saturday and so I made him cupcakes to celebrate.  He loves chocolate and peanut butter (who doesn't?) so when I saw these cupcakes, I knew I had to make them.  I'm so happy that I did--these cupcakes were delicious, but the icing on the cake, literally, was the peanut butter frosting!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cookie Frosting

Makes 24 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
1-1/2 cups hot brewed coffee
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 Tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

For the ganache:
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
For the peanut butter cookie frosting:
9 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
3 cups powered sugar

1.  In a small bowl, whisk together the coffee and cocoa powder until dissolved.  Set aside.

2.  In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking power and salt.  Set aside.

3.  In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine the butter, brown sugar, and sugar.  Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.

4.  Beat in eggs one at a time until combined.  Blend in vanilla.

5.  Turn the mixer on to low speed and add the dry ingredients alternating with the coffee mixture.  Mix after each addition until just combined, being careful not to overmix.

6.  Divide the batter into paper lined cupcake tins, filling each 2/3 of the way full.

7.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean.  Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

8.  When the cupcakes have cooled, make the ganache.  First, place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl.

9.  Bring the heavy cream to simmer, pour it over the chopped chocolate, and let it stand for about 2 minutes.

10.  Whisk the heavy cream and chocolate until a smooth ganache forms.  If necessary, let the ganache sit at room temperature to thicken before using.

11.  To make the peanut butter cookie frosting, combine the peanut butter and butter in the bowl of your stand mixer and beat on medium for 1 minute.

12.  Add in the powdered sugar and mix on low until completely combined.  Increase the speed to medium and mix until smooth, about 2 minutes.

13.  Scoop about 1 Tablespoon of the peanut butter mixture and form it into a round patty.  Use the tines of a fork to make a crisscross pattern on top of the patty.  (You want it to look like a classic peanut butter cookie.)  Repeat with remaining mixture.

14.  Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the ganache to ice it.  (If your ganache is too thick to dip, use an offset spatula to spread it over the cupcakes.)  Place a peanut butter "cookie" on top of the ganache.

Store in a airtight container in the fridge.

Source:  Sweet Savory Life via Annie's Eats


  1. What a neat idea! I bet your Dad loved him!

  2. These look amazing! I'm sure your dad was pleased.

  3. That's so great! I love the topper, I imagine it would taste AWESOME.

  4. These look simply amazing
    Great topping

  5. Love this cupcake! Can't go wrong with a classic like chocolate and PB. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday last week. I can't wait to see what you link up next. Have a great week.


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  7. What an unusual topper! But looks really delicious. This is a double-double treat! Happy Birthday to your dad...I'm sure he loved these, I am loving them even before I can get hold of these cuppycakes!
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