Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes













Two weeks in, Tim and I are already learning the lessons that come in marriage. We often hear that compromise is important, but what does that mean? Well, for us this week it meant buying chunky peanut butter. I'm a creamy peanut butter gal while Tim roots for chunky. We'd rather only have one jar in the cupboard, so I'm trying out chunky peanut butter to see if I can convert. I haven't eaten a chunky pb&j sandwich yet, but I at least started baking with it. And liked it. I liked the texture change of the cake, and it went well with the dark chocolate ganache. Here's to compromise.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
ganache from cupcake blog
cake adapted from epicurious

Ganache Ingredients:
8 ounces 70% cocoa chocolate, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch salt

Cake Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 2/3 cups brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk

Ganache Directions:
1. Bring heavy cream to a simmer
2. Pour over chopped chocolate, stir to combine
3. Add vanilla and salt

Cake Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
3. Sift first 4 ingredients into medium bowl.
4. Using electric mixer, beat butter and peanut butter until blended.
5. Beat in sugar. Then beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla.
6. At low speed, beat in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk.
7. Spoon batter into cupcake liners.
8. Bake about 15 minutes. Cool cakes completely. Spread ganache over cupcakes.

3 comments:

monkey said...

i want!!

madebymel said...

haha... that's too funny. i am a creamy gal as well. but gary is a chunky pb lover. since i make pb & banana sandwiches to fuel our runs, we've come to a compromise for chunky pb too. just one thing, you can't spread it smooth like creamy. =\

andrew3sixteen said...

this might be sacrilege, but i think the best part of your blogs are the little intros you write.