Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I baked: Chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting

A sweet treat, just for you..


Chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting


I enjoy baking cupcakes as they are easy to make and always turn out lovely and moist. Instead of the usual cream cheese frosting, I wanted to try a different one this time. With a peanut butter-loving friend in mind, I decided on peanut butter frosting on chocolate cupcakes.

I baked using my usual chocolate cupcake recipe since it is fail-proof. I substituted the granulated sugar with caster sugar for a smoother texture. These cute paper cup liners hold slightly more batter, hence baking time was increased slightly to 22 minutes. When you bake, you should keep an eye on your cupcakes - around 16-18 minutes, you can insert a skewer and if it comes out clean, that means your cupcakes are ready. If not, bake for a little longer. It all depends on individual ovens and settings.


Pretty swirls


Most recipes use a lot of icing sugar in their peanut butter frosting. Since the cake itself is already quite sweet, I tweaked the recipes and made my own version - the basic ingredients you need is butter, peanut butter, vanilla extract, icing sugar and milk/cream. This frosting will definitely appeal to peanut butter lovers as the ratio of peanut butter that I used is high, with minimal icing sugar - so this frosting is salty more than sweet. But you can always adjust the level of sweetness according to your own tastebuds.

And the test to whether this chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting is a success? Give it your kids and they will reward you with a huge smile if it's good, followed by "mummy, can I have another one PLEASE?"


Smile of approval



Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting
Preparation time: 20 - 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 - 25 minutes
Makes 12

Ingredients
For chocolate cupcake
175g all purpose flour, sifted
2 tbsp baking powder, sifted
1/2 tsp salt
50g cocoa powder1 cup boiling water
113g unsalted butter, softened
200g caster sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence or extract

For the peanut butter frosting
45g butter, softened at room temperature
140g smooth peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
25g icing sugar, sifted
2 tbsp whipping cream (or double cream)



1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Line 12 muffin cup tray with paper liners.

2. Stir the hot water and cocoa powder and let it cool to room temperature.

3. In a bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt and leave aside.

4. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar using an electric / hand whisk for 2 minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy.

5. Add the eggs, one at a time to the butter mixture and beat until smooth.

6. Add in the vanilla essence or extract and mix.

7. Next, add in the flour mixture and beat until incorporated. Finally, add in the cooled cocoa mixture and stir until smooth.

8. Fill each paper cup until 3/4 full and bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and springy to the touch, and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

9. Remove from the oven and leave on a wire rack to cool.

10. To make the peanut butter frosting, mix the butter and peanut butter together with a spatula until well combined.

11. Add the vanilla extract and mix. Then, add the sugar gradually until incorporated. I would recommend that you start with 15g, and gradually add more to taste. Most recipes will ask for 1 cup of icing sugar (approx 125g) but that is definitely way too much for me. Each time you add more icing sugar, mix it well and then taste it to see if it's sweet enough for you.

12. Using a piping bag with a star tip, swirl the frosting on the cupcakes. Decorate with some white edible pearls.

13. These cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for a couple of days in the fridge.






A gift for my peanut butter-loving friend :)

Full set of photos can be viewed on my Facebook page here.

*This recipe is featured on DineMalaysia on 15 August 2012. It was also featured on Asian Food Channel's FB page on 21 September 2012.

36 comments:

  1. Your cupcake box is so cute! Can I have a box pls? I promise I won't share =) hehehe Btw, the peanut butter frosting looks delicious.

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    1. Hehe I'll keep you in mind the next time I make this again!

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  2. We love these cupcakes, so pretty and yummy! :D

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    1. So glad you liked them, perfect timing since it was your birthday too!

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  3. So pretty! Can you adopt me too? I promise I'll be a good kid. :P

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  4. This is absolutely killing!!! Wipe that smirk off your face, kid... Drool! Drool!

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    1. Heheheheh he was so excited to see it.. couldn't wait to get his hands on it!

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  5. Those are gorgeous! Do you deliver to Bangsar :P

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I have a driver who can do nationwide delivery ;P

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  6. The cupcake is so pretty! I'll bet the taste is yummy too :)

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    1. Oh it was very good! Very moist cake and the peanut butter frosting was salty-sweet :)

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  7. Wahh...good combination! I love both peanut butter and chocolate. Yummy!!

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    1. I'm trying to think of another frosting I can do for my cupcakes..

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  8. Ooh more peanut butter! Reese's peanut butter would go soooo well. :D

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    1. Are you a fan of peanut butter too?

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  9. gosh, these lovely cupcakes make me feel like heading downstairs to toastina right now and buying myself a slice of cake. but i'm not sure it'll be as delicious as i imagine the cupcakes you baked were :D

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    1. Aww thanks for the compliment Sean! I am still learning, I saw a mojito cupcake today... (winner of UK's national cupcake contest)... I'm trying to figure out how to make that. Would you like to try??? ;P

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    2. How about avocado cupcakes? Sean will love it, hahaha. :P

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    3. CK, why u so smart?? That is the next cupcake frosting that I plan to make...

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  10. Yum, yum - chocolate and peanut butter!

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    1. Great combination, winner with the kids. :P

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  11. ur kids are so "hang fook", always can savor home made cakes~

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    1. Hahaha luckily they like to eat the things I bake.. if not "mo yan pong chan"

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  12. I'll just have the frosting only. Thanks. :)

    Never a huge fan of cupcakes. hehe

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  13. What a gorgeous combination of flavours! And that sweet smile of approval too :D

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    1. He has been told that if he smiles sweetly, then he will get one whole cupcake to himself :P

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  14. Don't care lah,I must try this peanut butter frosting recipe if I'm going to make cupcake again( my son is allergic to peanut)!

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    1. Aiyo! Then you need to curi makan at night when he is sleeping edi.

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  15. I could just eat spoonfuls of PB on its own so this recipe is much loved... cannot wait to try this out! :D

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    1. Didn't know there were so many peanut butter lovers! ;)

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  16. Love the flavor combination , you can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter :D Even the muffin liners looks yummy ! lol Kid , stop smirking ! Throw Auntie some of that ! hee hee

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    1. *throws cupcake... cupcake coming your way.. open your mouth wide....... land!*

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  17. Thank you for your recipe, the cake really come out well !

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