Ultimate Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Posted on January 13, 2015 in

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These chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are sure to please! I think that I am just completely unable to resist the chocolate peanut butter combination. Chocolate and peanut butter has to be the best food combination ever created  The thought of a peanut butter filling inside a chocolate cupcake just got me so excited.

First there is a super moist dark, decadent chocolate sponge cupcake witch is filled with delicious peanut butter. Then they are dipped into silky melted chocolate, have a swirl of creamy homemade peanut butter buttercream and are then garnished with half a Reece’s piece. And then last but not least drizzled with dark chocolate.

Ingredients for chocolate cupcakes:

100g self-raising flour

20g cocoa powder

140g caster sugar

a pinch of salt

40g unsalted butter, at room temperature

120ml whole milk

1 egg

¼tsp vanilla extract

60g Crunchy or smooth peanut butter

 

Ingredients for peanut butter buttercream:

300 g unsalted butter, softened

120 g peanut butter

540 g icing sugar

4 tablespoons whole milk

Ingredients for cupcake topping:

200g dark chocolate

12 Reece’s pieces

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 170°C.

Put the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and butter in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.

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Whisk the milk, egg and vanilla extract together in a jug, then slowly pour about half into the flour mixture, beat to combine and turn the mixer up to high speed to get rid of any lumps.

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Turn the mixer down to a slower speed and slowly pour in the remaining milk mixture (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth. Do not overmix.

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Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full.

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Take 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter a place in the centre of each cupcake and gently push the peanut butter into the centre. Be careful not to push it all the way to the bottom.

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Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

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While the cupcakes cool break the chocolate and place into a heatproof bowl. Sit the pan over barely simmering water and allow the chocolate to melt. Remove the heatproof bowl from the pan.

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Once the cupcakes are completely cool take one cupcake at a time and dip the top of the cupcake into the dark chocolate. Allow the excess chocolate to drip off and the place back down to set.

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Next beat the peanut butter and butter together in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment until smooth. Then add the icing sugar and milk and beat until all combined.

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When the dark chocolate  has set you can begin to pipe your peanut buttercream. Using a spatular, place as much buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.

Pipe a swirl of peanut buttercream on top of the set chocolate.

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Using the remaining melted dark chocolate (reheat in microwave if necessary, in 30 second blasts) drizzle over the top of each cupcake for extra decoration.

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Then cut the six Reece’s pieces in half and pale a half on top of each cupcake.

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And there you have it! The Ultimate Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cupcake!

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3 Comments

  • Reply Sammie May 12, 2015 at 9:21 am

    These cupcakes look absolutely divine! I love peanut butter – especially Reece’s little peanut butter cups. Pinned!!! Sammie http://www.feastingisfun.com

    • Reply Emma May 12, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Thanks Sammie 🙂 These were pretty popular in my household! you can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!!

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