Thursday, 12 January 2012

November Pinterest Challenge

Well as you can see, the blogging has been on the backburner over the Christmas period, due to lack of time. The monthly pinterest challenge wasn’t blogged about but it was done. So to bring up to date here is my November pinterest challenge…………..

Peanut Butter and Jam (or Jelly to the Americans) Cupcakes

Now these cakes were sooooo rich, but yummy. I think if I made them again I would just leave enough for 1 helping then freeze the rest and bring out in a week or so as they are not something that everyone kept going back to as they were so heavy and rich. I gave the rest of ours to friends and their kids loved them!

I sourced the recipe from the site The Girl Who Ate Everything, whose original source was from the site How to Eat A Cupcake.

Now as usual their photo and my photo are sooooo different that if I wasn’t telling you they were the same cupcake (they are I promise) you would not know. Actually after looking at the original photo’s I noticed she has made hers in the little cupcake liners where I used the large muffin cake liners, so that’s probably why we found ours so rich they were too much cake in one eating! So note to self – when making these again use the smaller liners.

My icing is very different looking as well, I think the heat here really affected the outcome. But like I say they were very yummy and I will make them again.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp
1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter
1 1/3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
strawberry or grape jelly

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Insert 24 liners into a medium cupcake pan.

2. In a large bowl cream together the butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat well. Mix in the vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

4. Add the dry ingredients to creamed mixture, alternating with the milk. Mix well.

5. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not overbake! Cool cupcakes in the pan. Once cupcakes are cooled you can either pipe the jelly into the center using a decorating tip or just use an apple corer to take out the center of the cupcake and fill with 1-2 teaspoons of jelly. Decorate with frosting below.

Peanut Butter Frosting

3/4 cup smooth
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons milk
mini NutterButter cookies for garnish

Combine the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer beat until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add the confectioners sugar along with the milk, and beat until well combined. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes using a decorating tip or a ziploc baggie filled with frosting with the corner cut off. Top with a teaspoon of jelly and garnish with NutterButter mini cookies.

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