Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes //

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It’s taken me a while to come to terms with peanut butter. I used to love it, especially those Reese’s peanut butter cups. But after a large bag of them and some brutal Warped Tour sunburn, which resulted in me getting very sick, I couldn’t touch them for years. Couldn’t even stand the smell. After a break of several years, I have re-embraced peanut butter.

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These guys strike the balance of chocolatey and peanut buttery perfectly. Not too much of either, just enough – the perfect balance! Mmm. They’re stuffed with peanut butter inside, and I put half and half butter/peanut butter in the frosting for an extra peanut buttery serving per bite.

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Ingredients: 

100g plain flour

20g cocoa powder

140g caster sugar

1.5 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

40g unsalted butter

120ml milk

1 egg

.5 tsp vanilla extract

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Method:

. Pre-heat the oven to 170c, Gas Mark 3. Line a cupcake tray with cases.

. Put the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder and butter in a mixer and mix until you reach a sandy texture.

. Whisk the milk, egg and vanilla together in a small bowl, then slowly add half the wet to the dry whilst mixing, and mix until lump free. Slowly add the rest of the milk mixture until smooth.

. Spoon mixture into prepared cases and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until sponge springs back and a skewer comes out clean. Leave cupcakes to cool slightly on a wire rack before turning out to cool completely.

Frosting:

250g icing sugar

50g butter

50g peanut butter

3 – 4 tbsp milk

9 tsp peanut butter to fill

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or similar¬†to decorate

. Mix all the dry ingredients together until they start to come together, then slowly add milk, a few drops at a time, until it reaches the desired texture. You want it so it’s quite soft and smooth, and easy to pipe.

. Using a cupcake corer (or a small knife) cut out the centre of the cupcake, keeping the bit you cut out. Fill the hole with peanut butter, then replace the cut out bit into the cupcake. Press it down gently so it fits flush with the top.

. When your buttercream is nice and soft, pipe it onto the top of your cupcakes as you desire. Break up some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or similar chocolatey peanut buttery treat (like this Reese’s Peanut Butter bar I found in a local discount store!) and devour with a lovely cup of tea.

Enjoy!

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