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Is there a better combination than chocolate and peanut butter?? That’s what I thought.
For the cupcakes:
1. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
2. Cream butter, sugars, and peanut butter until smooth.
3. Into the creamed mixture, add one egg at a time, waiting to add the second until the first is fully incorporated.
4. Add 1 cup of milk and the vanilla and mix on low speed until incorporated. Batter will be liquidy at this point.
5. Add dry mixture to the wet ingredients in thirds, mixing on low speed as you add the dry ingredients. When the mixer starts to resist, bump up to medium speed and continue to combine, scraping the sides of the bowl as you go. (I also added that extra 1 tablespoon of milk here to moisten up the mixture a bit as it combined.) Batter will be thick, but light and creamy.
6. Fold in chocolate chips.
7. Line (24) cupcake tins with wrappers and fill 2/3 of the way full with batter.
8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
9. Cool the tray on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then remove cupcakes from tin and cool completely on wire racks.
For the buttercream:
1. Cream butter and peanut butter together until smooth.
2. Stir in 1 cup of powdered sugar.
3. Add vanilla extract, then 2 Tablespoons of milk. Mix on low speed until incorporated.
4. Add an additional 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 Tablespoon of milk. Continue to mix.
5. Continue adding powdered sugar and milk until you attain desired consistency–if frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If frosting is too thick, add more milk. (I found that the peanut butter made this frosting pretty thick to begin with, so I didn’t need as much powdered sugar as I initially anticipated.)
6. Frost the cooled cupcakes and garnish with brown sugar if desired!
These cupcakes are all about decoration. My favorites are the monster cupcakes. They are colorful, fun and so easy to achieve the cuteness. No piping skills required. I guarantee you. You can go as crazy as you want. After all they are monsters.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!