Tuesday, February 17, 2009

TWD- Peanut Butter Topped Devil's Food Cupcakes

Although these cupcakes don't look a thing like the beautiful cake on front of Dorie's wonderful Baking bible, they are indeed based off the Devil's Food White Out Cake. The Cover Cake has finally been chosen, by Stephanie, for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie. I was pumped but not sure what to do with such an enormous cake. Our romantic valentine's dinner sadly (and happily) went the way of Pei Wei due to some craziness. Plus, my valentine can't eat chocolate, so I knew this just wouldn't work. So, I opted for cupcakes. They are easy to pawn off and I think people don't feel as guilty eating a little treat. See my cupcakes above, they're not even ashamed to be photographed in their plastic dish ready to head out to the neighbors. That's a cupcake for you. Unpretentious, delicious, and just what the doctor ordered.

I was also without ingredients, time, or any desire to risk a fancy frosting without a candy thermometer, so I decided to make Ina's Peanut Butter Frosting to go on top. While this frosting doesn't look as pretty as my favorite frosting, it's so delicious I had to keep smacking hands with the spatula to keep fingers out of the bowl. It's creamy, sweet, and perfectly compliments the rich chocolate cupcakes. With only a few ingredients, it's simple to make and well worth it, although I'll double it next time to frost so many cupcakes. I opted to freeze half for a later date. We'll see how they come out, but judging from the beautiful color and texture, I think they'll be just as delicious then as they were today.

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Kathleen's Peanut Butter Icing
adapted from Ina Garten (generously frosts a dozen cupcakes- double for entire cake recipe)
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream

Place the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth. Frost cupcakes and use any left over frosting to make graham cracker sandwiches. Yum!

42 comments:

abby of Mia Picolli Piaceri said...

YUM!!! I'm a Peanut Butter Afficionado! I'll definitely try this one! Thanks for posting ;)

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meenakshi said...

yummy!!
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Marthe said...

OOOOOO, peanut butter icing.... Yum!!! I'm totally into peanut butter at the moment!

Matt's Kitchen said...

Those folds of peanut butter frosting are temptingly beautiful. I love chocolate and peanut butter together. Great idea! By the way, your neighbors must love you!

Flourchild said...

I like the peanut butter, nice cupcakes!

Amanda said...

These look so wonderful and I love how the frosting is swirled :) I really liked this cake and will definitely be making it again :)

Lady Baker said...

oh....thinking how I used to L-O-V-E Hostess (or was it Drakes?) Funny Bones as a kid (the chcolate cakes with peanut butter in the middle)..these cupcakes are so up my alley!

I can't wait to try this frosting; thank you for sharing it!

Cathy said...

Ahhhh! If there is anything I like better than chocolate and meringue, it's chocolate and peanut butter. I would go nuts for that frosting! I can't even imagine how wonderful your cupcakes had to be. I cannot wait to try these.

Engineer Baker said...

Wow, talk about putting this over the top! I actually liked the meringue frosting because it was a bit lighter, but Ina's PB frosting is killer tasty. Beautiful job!

Leslie said...

Mmm...peanut butter sounds delicious! Now I want to try the recipe again. I also made cupcakes for some of the same reasons. These were tasty little cupcakes, weren't they? I love how you decorated yours with Reese's pieces.

Stephanie said...

Wow...this is a great combo! My husband would have loved this recipe with the peanut butter frosting

Katrina said...

I echo the YUM! Love the PB/Choc combo. There's a giveaway on my blog, check it out!

chocolatechic said...

Dear heavens this looks fabulous.


Now I want some Reeses Pieces.

Elyse said...

Hey, nothing wrong with taking creative license with a recipe, and I must say that going the chocolate-peanut butter route was an awesome choice! These bites look absolutely awesome!! I only wish that you could pawn them off on me!

Maria said...

I love what you did with this week's challenge!! You can never go wrong with PB!!

Meghan said...

For the love of God woman!
I am at work with no chance of getting to a cupcake bakery or making my own for hours.
My mouth is salivating at the mere look of your pics.
OMG!
Must have these.
NOW!

AmyRuth said...

UMmmm Yummm Anne, I think it would make a perfect Surprise filling for the cake if one wanted a fun variation. Lovely cupcakes that no right minded American child would turn down. (or adult? he he)
Great job and thanks for sharing the pb recipe.
AmyRuth

Teanna said...

Oh my god STOP IT NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.Seriously. Seriously. That's amazing and I need one of those cupcakes right now. Chocolate + Peanut Butter+ Reese's Pieces?! STOP ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.

1freshstart said...

Oh those look yummy. I make my peanut butter frosting with cream cheese instead of butter. I should give Ina's a try.

~Cat

Karen said...

It's like a big reeses peanut butter cup. Yum! Those look delicious and I would have taken one off your hands! :)

Kimberly Johnson said...

Ooooh - Pei Wei for Valentines? I'm so jealous! I LOVE that place! Your cupcakes look awesome and the peanut butter frosting sounds fantastic!

Peggy said...

love peanut butter with chocolate!

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amanda said...

Ooh, peanut butter frosting?! I bet that was so good on top of the devil's food. I'm hungry just thinking about it! They look awesome too. ;)

Joie de vivre said...

Oh Anne, These are just beautiful! I'm jealous of your piping technique!

Gabe's Girl said...

These cupcakes look so precious. I think anything with chocolate and peanut butter is just about as close to heaven as we can get here on earth. Really this was a wonderful adaptation of Dorie's recipe.

Sara said...

Oh my gosh, these look fantastic!! I LOVE anything peanut butter!

Kayte said...

I can see that these would be a hit around here with my guys! I love how you say that cupcakes are easy to pawn off...you are so right! You decorated them so beautifully.

Melissa said...

Ooooh! Peanut Butter and devil's food cake sounds like a delicious combination!

leanne said...

Chocolate and peanut butter oh how perfect. It makes me want to try the cake again with this icing. Yum

PheMom said...

I totally bailed on the white frosting too. Too much sleep deprivation to risk hot sugar. Anyway I think the pb frosting is probably ridiculously good with those cupcakes, so I say it is just awesome! They sure look cute too!

Jill said...

The cupcakes look great and the peanut butter frosting sounds delicious!

Tracey said...

Those look amazing! Oh, and I've tried Ina's peanut butter frosting recipe and it is just about my favorite frosting ever! It's so light and delicious.

pinkstripes said...

Peanut butter + chocolate = heaven. YUM! Your cupcakes look gorgeous.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

PB + chocolate = perfection! yum!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

by the way...that is nuts that i worte almost exactly the same thing as pinkstipes did...without even seeing her comment first! (such a good combo, we are all on the same wavelength!)

J.Danger said...

mmmm.....pei wei.

Erin said...

You can't really go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter! I've made that frosting before and it's delicious!

n.o.e said...

Anne, I froze my extra layer of devil's food cake and now I know how to frost it! Yummy combination of pb and choc. Your cupcakes look adorable.
Nancy

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

You can't go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!

Nora said...

I love how you photographed these. They look so GOOD!

Amanda said...

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Carrian said...

YUM!! Why am I so into chocolate cupcakes lately??!!