Sunday, 21 October 2012

Sunday Sweets #3 Peanut Butter Cupcakes


This weeks Sunday Sweets is a new recipe to me.  I love the idea of peanut butter flavoured cakes even though I don't actually like peanut butter (Eeeek, shocker!) The thing I don't like about peanut butter is not the taste but the whole texture of it.  I hate the way it sticks to the roof of your mouth.  Blurgh.  These cakes are a winner for me because they give the yummy peanut buttery goodness without any of that icky texture.  I used the recipe from the Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery book for these little pieces of heaven.

Ingredients
75g unsalted butter at room temperature
130g smooth peanut butter
190g dark soft brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
120g plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
60ml semi skimmed milk at room temperature

 Method
  • Line a 12 hole muffin tray with cupcake cases.  Preheat the oven to 180C / Fan 160C / Gas 4
  • Cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar until well blended.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing for a few minutes after each addition, and then stir in the vanilla extract
  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.  Add one third of the flour to the creamed mixture and beat well.  Pour in one third of the milk and beat again.  Repeat these steps until all of the flour mixture and milk have been added
  • Carefully spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases, filling them to about two thirds full.  Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until slightly raised and golden brown
  • Leave in their tins for a few minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool
 I decided to core these cupcakes and add a caramel centre.  Once they had cooled completely I took an apple corer and carefully removed the centre of each cupcake.  I added a spoonful of caramel and replaced the cake plug.

I then made a batch of the Primrose Bakery milk chocolate icing which went horribly wrong!  Milk chocolate ganache is much harder to make than dark chocolate and unfortunately mine emulsified.  But further heating and the additional of more cream pulled it back. Phew!

Ingredients
60ml double cream
30g unsalted butter at room temperature
300g milk chocolate broken into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method
  • Put the double cream and butter into a saucepan over a very low heat.  Stir the mixture continuously and do not let it boil or it will burn.  As soon as the butter has completely melted, remove from the heat and add the chocolate.  Allow the chocolate to melt in the pan, which may take up to 10 minutes, during which time you should keep stirring the mixture continuously.  If any chocolate does not melt return the pan to a very low heat and let it melt.  Add the vanilla extract and stir again.
  • If the icing is too runny to use, allow it to remain at room temperature for a while, then beat just before you start to decorate your cupcakes.  Any unused icing should be stored in a container in the fridge.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were half price in Sainsbury's and I decided they would make the perfect topping.  The cakes were delicious!  Any recipes you would like me to share? Just let me know and I will have a go!

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13 comments:

  1. Oh sweet lord!!! I need these in my life. DAMN U SLIMMING WORLD x

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  2. Holy craaaaaap! I'm not even much of a peanut butter fan but these sound so good! xo.

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  3. These look so, so yummy! I've favourited this post so I can try them once I've finished placement and actually have time to bake again! Love the idea of a caramel core too xo

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  4. I'm a little bit obsessed with Reese's Peanut Butter Cup's! So I may have to try these xx

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  5. OMG. Get in my belly. Such an awesome idea to use peanut butter cups as a topping! I love peanut butter so much.

    Charlotte xo

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  6. Oh Sarah I need to stuff my facde with these!
    Sophie
    x

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  7. I'm pretty rubbish at baking but I'm definitely going to give these a go, they look amazing! xx

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  8. Those look amazing - will have to try this :) x

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  9. these look amazing! i'm such a big fan of chocolate & peanut butter together and i'm a total sucker for anything with a caramel centre. they sound heavenly xx

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  10. These look absolutely amazing! You are such a talented cake maker Sarah :)

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  11. Oh my goodness, these look amazing!

    Maria xxx

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  12. Oh god, they look amazing! I have this recipe book but I've only made 2 recipes from it, I really ought to try more.

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