Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Peanut Butter Jelly Time! ...Cupcakes that is...

So I have been taking a crack at cupcakery...trying to make some really awesome tastests and looks.
Here is my rendition of Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes with a peanut butter, butter cream frosting topped with chocolate ganache and chopped peanuts! YUM!

Peanut Butter Cake
2 cups All Purpose flour
1.5 cups granulated sugar
2 large white eggs
3/4 cup Pure Olive Oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup hot water
1 cup Jif creamy peanut butter

Combine all the wet ingredients and mix well

Sift all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl
Then slowly add dry to wet while beating to incorporate
Once its all mixed, pour into cupcake papers about 1/4 of the way full
Then give each awaiting little cake a squeeze of jam, I used strawberry...

½ cup Smuckers Squeezeable Strawberry Fruit Spread divided among cupcakes.

Top each one off with a little bit more batter and then toss in the oven at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

Let them cool on the rack in the muffin tin for 10 minutes, then turn them out and let them cool on rack, I am impatient and tossed them in the freezer for a bit...

Next up the Peanut Butter Butter Cream!!! Soooooo good, I could eat this all by itself!

Peanut Butter Butter Cream
4 cups powder sugar
2-3 stick margarine softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk (or less, depending on desired consistency)
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Beat Butter, Peanut butter and Vanilla together....Then slowly add your powdered sugar a cup at a time.
Add milk a Tbs at a time until you reach the desired spreading consistency, I didnt need the whole 1/4 cup of milk.

Frost those tasty cakes!
Next up the Ganache!!! DROOOOOL!

1 Bag Chocolate Chips (I really like the Gihradeli 60% cocoa chips, they are a bit bitter, which sets off the sweet)
1 Cup Heavy Cream

Heat Cream to slow boil.
Dump over Chocolate Chips and stir until chips and cream become one
Its seriously as simple as that!

¼ Cup Peanuts Chopped
4 Reeses Peanut butter cups halved

Here is one of the ooooh so gooey and so very yummy cupcakes all finished

And the sneak peak inside!

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