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Let me put it out there…I don’t like peanut butter.  There I said it.  I also don’t like chocolate peanut butter combo.  But I seem to be making that combo a lot lately as the people I surround myself with seem to love the combo.

Today is my hubby’s birthday and he is a lover of the PB chocolate combo and specifically requested these cupcakes.  The frosting alone is to die for.  I couldn’t stop myself from tasting it after frosting the cupcakes.  SO GOOD!  Here is the link: http://www.thelittlekitchen.net/2011/05/20/peanut-butter-cup-cupcakes-food-blogger-bake-sale/  This is the original blog I got the recipe from…my husband has said that if I put this frosting on a turd, he may eat it.  GROSS!

This is also a great recipe for kids to help out with.  I had my 4 1/2-year-old son measure out the oil, sour cream and peanut butter.  I don’t generally like to open boxes but in this case, so worth it.

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes (100% from The Little Kitchen)

Cupcakes
1 (18.25 oz) package devil’s food cake mix
1 (3.9 oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix (I used store brand)
1 cup sour cream (full fat)
1 cup vegetable oil (canola)
4 eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp instant espresso granules, dissolve it in 1/2 cup warm water
30 Reese’s Miniatures peanut butter cups, frozen

Peanut Butter Buttercream Icing
1 1/2 sticks salted butter                                                                                                              1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (store brand is good for this, blends better; must be the trans fats)
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 lb powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp low-fat milk
Reese’s peanut butter cups minis (in a bag & they come unwrapped)

directions:
Cupcakes

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place cupcake liners in
your cupcake pan.  I used a 12 cup and a 6 cup and I still had a ton of batter left over that I froze.  Hmmm…let’s see. 

In your stand mixer bowl using the paddle attachment, mix together all of the ingredients except the peanut butter cups for minute or two until well mixed.

Place 3 Tbsp (I sued a 3 Tbsp cookie scoop) of cake batter in each cupcake liner. Take one frozen peanut butter cup and place in the center of each cupcake on top of the batter, press down a little bit.  (Try not to eat all of them at this stage!)

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes (it was 22 minutes in my electric oven) or until several cupcakes pricked with a toothpick come out clean. Do not prick the cupcake where the peanut butter cup is inserted. There will be a slight indentation or hole where the cupcake is sunken in from the peanut butter cup, you’ll fill that with icing. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5 to 10
minutes.  (I am very impatient and I removed them to a cooling rack right away)

Remove cupcakes from the pans and place them on a cooling rack & let
them cool all the way. While the cupcakes are baking you can make the
buttercream icing.

Peanut Butter Buttercream

In your stand mixer bowl using the paddle attachment, mix thoroughly
the softened butter and peanut butter on low to medium speed. Turn off
your mixer and in two batches, add the powdered sugar and mixing until
well blended. Be careful, the powered sugar can go everywhere!

Add vanilla and 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk a little bit at a time
while blending on low-speed. Blend until well combined. You’ll start
to see the icing pull from the sides of the bowl.

Add a little bit more milk to get to the right thinness (to your
preference). Keep blending, higher the speed, until nice and fluffy,
about 5 to 7 minutes.

Scoop the frosting into a zip loc baggie and cut off the tip.  Pipe frosting onto the cupcakes. 

Hope you like these as much as my husband does … let me know what you think.

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