It’s classic, it’s totally been done before, I know it. But peanut butter and chocolate belong together in all forms, not just candy you guys. So today I’m comin’ atcha with these sweet chocolate cupcakes piled high with a pillowy peanut butter frosting.
Speaking of the frosting, yes, there’s a lot of it on these. If you’re not that into frosting, I accept our differences and also you might want to cut the frosting recipe in half. OR, even better, double the cake recipe.
Ok, so it’s Valentine’s Day week, and I know everyone is all about the pink and red desserts for this holiday, but let’s also not forget about the chocolate love. And if you love a little pb on your chocolate, why not switch things up this year and enjoy these with your friends or loved ones?
I’m telling ya, they’re gonna be hit. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate? Don’t answer that, I’m not prepared to meet those people.
So this frosting is a Swiss meringue buttercream, which I think is my new fav when it comes to frosting. It’s much lighter than an American buttercream. Think of it this way- American buttercream is all butter, while Swiss meringue buttercream is like half butter and half egg whites. Egg whites you guys, it’s practically health food. I mean it’s not, also I’m not a professional so don’t listen to me when I call things health food, but it’s lighter for sure. I think.
I’m throwing a giant amount of the good stuff on top of these simple dark chocolate cupcakes. They’ve got a strong chocolate flavor, and they’re a simple recipe to whip up. I did the whole thing, start to frosted and finished, in under an hour. I mean, I was hurrying, I wanted the cupcakes, but still.
Anyways so happy Valentine’s Day, or happy day if you aren’t a big celebrator, and let’s get on these ones guys. Enjoy!
Let’s talk about combining desserts today guys. Why the heck not?
Basically one day I wanted a cupcake, but also a cookie. I’m pregnant, it’s normal I promise. So for the sake of my unborn child, let’s have both.
I took one of my basic vanilla cupcake recipes and switched it up to include brown sugar and chocolate chips. That’ll make this cake taste like cookie, and seriously it’s still so simple. You’ve probably got everything you need already- I did.
They bake up to a pretty golden brown, and you’ll cool them before piling on some of this milk-flour frosting. You read that right.
I’ve never made this before now, and it’s a really interesting frosting. I wanted something that actually had milk in it, and that still offered a light, fluffy, milk-resembling end result.
So it’s kind of odd- you start by making a milk and flour paste. And then after that cools, you beat butter and sugar, and then add in the flour paste. Somehow, and I’m convinced it’s magic, this eventually becomes this fluffy, beautiful frosting that you’ll love.
I topped mine with mini chocolate chips, mostly for the whimsy tbh, but also because I love them.
The end result is pretty, satisfying, and it tastes like a dang cookie! Another thing- this brown sugar cake base would be GREAT with cinnamon and nutmeg as a spice cake, I’m sure of it. Or just cinnamon, and we’ll call it a snickerdoodle cupcake. Whatever you want guys, I’m in.
Whether you’re also in pregnancy craving mode, or if you just want a cupcake that tastes like a cookie, this is the one. Enjoy!
I love living in Colorado, really. As some of you know, I used to live in Boston when I was in college, and I’m so happy to be back in home state, even though its been a few years since coming home. That being said, I really wish I could just pluck any recipe off Pinterest and bake it up perfect. Like, altitude really screws things up sometimes. (By sometimes, I mean nearly all the time).
Baking cakes in a high altitude is tough. I can’t tell you how many cupcakes I have baked that have tasted really eggy, or been duper dense, almost like bread somehow.
That being said, it was my goal for many years to find the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe, and I found it! Actually, if I’m being honest, I found it like 4 years ago, and I’m just now sharing it. Whoops.
Anyways, I think the key for vanilla cake in a Denver altitude is finding the right balance between adding the flour that you need for structure, and still keeping the cakes moist. I’m using two different kinds of flour here- self rising and cake. The self rising flour just offers a good ratio of baking powder built right in, and the cake flour makes the crumb very tender and pretty fantastic.
P.S.- did you see this epic baking dish my brother got me for my birthday???
On the other end of the spectrum, I use sour cream to add moistness to the cake. It’s thick enough that it doesn’t mess with the structure too much, but it gives us the texture that we’re looking for in a great, simple cupcake.
Vanilla cake is my favorite. I know chocolate is probably the main winner for most people, but I’ve never been a huge fan of chocolate cake. I still make it for lots of family and friends, like this chocolate bundt cake I made for my dad last year. But vanilla is my jam.
Usually I actually prefer vanilla frosting as well, but this chocolate buttercream is too good to pass up on a perfect vanilla cupcake. It’s fluffy, super chocolatey, and not too sweet.
I hope you enjoy this one!
Summer just gets me in the mood for lemon. I want lemonade, lemon desserts, everything lemon is on my craving list right now. There’s just something about the sweet, sour, freshness of lemons that always gets me.
Lemons + Cupcakes = LOVE.
We’ve had some family in town the last few weeks, and everyone always wants something sweet at a get-together, so I put together these triple lemon cupcakes! The cake is lightly flavored with lemon, and it’s filled with a beautiful lemon mousse. Top it off with a fluffy lemon buttercream, and you’ve got a perfect cupcake in my book.
For this recipe, the batter is very dense, so it’s important to separate the eggs. Folding in the whipped egg whites lightens the batter, and helps lift up the cakes while they bake. So, when you’re mixing up the batter initially, you’ll notice it’s very thick. After folding in the egg whites, you’ll still have a relatively heavy batter, but it should be smooth and silky, and much lighter.
Once the cupcakes are baked off, remove some of the cake from the middle to make room for the filling. If you’ve got a handy-dandy cupcake corer, it’ll be perfect. Otherwise, you can just use a knife. As for filling the cupcakes, I recommend using a piping bag, or simply cutting off the tip of a plastic bag with the filling inside- it’s much easier to use this method to actually get the filling inside.
The frosting is whipped up with a little heavy cream for a super light, fluffy frosting that still holds a lot of sweetness. The flavors and textures really work for this cupcake- the cake itself is dense, and with sweet, light filling and frosting, it’s a perfect bite. This recipe calls for lemon curd in every piece of the cupcake- make your own lemon curd here!
- 2 sticks softened butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup lemon curd
- 1 tsp. lemon extract
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup lemon curd
- 2 sticks softened butter
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 lemon juice
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup lemon curd
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line your muffin tin.
- Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the egg yolks.
- Add in the sour cream, lemon curd, lemon extract, lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix until fully combined.
- Add in the self-rising flour and the all purpose flour, and mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
- Gently fold the egg whites into the batter until incorporated. The batter will be thick, but very smooth.
- Scoop into the lined muffin tin, and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean, and the cakes are slightly browned. Allow to cool completely before filling or frosting.
- Beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Then, add in the lemon curd, and whip until incorporated.
- Cut out a hole in the center of the cooled cupcakes, and pipe in the filling.
- Beat together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the lemon juice, zest, and lemon curd. Mix until incorporated.
- Add in the heavy cream, and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy. Frost your cupcakes!
After a long time without blogging, I’m hoping to back regularly now! Since our wedding feels like it’s just around the corner now, (it’s still 8 months away but…) I’ve been working on wedding details like crazy the last couple of weeks. PLUS, I started a wonderful new job!