I love cupcakes. They look so pretty and they are the perfect size. These
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes start with a moist and dense chocolate
buttermilk cake. Once the cupcakes cool, we then pipe pretty swirls of a satiny
smooth peanut butter frosting on top. For garnish, use chocolate curls and/or
shavings. The flavor of these cupcakes may remind you of a peanut butter cup.
This is such an easy Chocolate Cake to make. The
chocolate flavor comes from unsweetened cocoa powder, and you can use Dutch-processed (alkalized)
or natural. Just
remember that both the type and brand of unsweetened cocoa powder will
affect both the taste and color of your chocolate cake. One of the reasons
for the cake's soft and tender texture is that the fat is in liquid form
(flavorless oil). The added benefit of using oil, instead of butter, is
keeps the cakes soft even
when refrigerated. As far as the type of oil to use, good choices are
vegetable, canola, corn, or a safflower oil. Buttermilk
is also used in this cupcake. It has a nice thick creamy texture with a rich
tangy buttery taste that makes baked goods tender. You can buy it or make
a good substitute. Stir 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice into 1 cup
(240 ml/grams) of whole or reduced fat milk. Let stand at room temperature
for about 10 minutes before using. Another option is to use buttermilk
powder which can be found in some grocery stores or in specialty food
I just love this peanut
butter frosting. It has a nice peanut flavor which is enhanced by adding a little
molasses to the frosting.
Peanut butter is a smooth paste made from roasted peanuts. The peanuts are
ground, and then salt, a sweetener, and sometimes a stabilizer (to keep
the oil from separating) are added. There are two types of peanut butter,
and the one that is labeled "Old-Fashioned" or "Natural" does not contain
a stabilizer. For this recipe I prefer to
use the type of peanut butter that contains a stabilizer. If you use the
natural peanut butter you may find your frosting is a little soft. If that
happens you need to either add more butter or sugar to the frosting to
make it thick enough to pipe.
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