Reasons I love my husband: he offers to bake cupcakes with me because he knows how much I love to bake.
The other night J and I didn’t really have any weekend plans, so he suggested that we make cupcakes. I pulled together what I had in the kitchen and came up with this chocolate peanut butter cupcake recipe. I adapted this recipe from Joy the Baker because I was working with what I already had in my kitchen. I get a lot of the things I bake from her website, like just Monday I baked this bread (with added chocolate chips!) Anywhoo, back to the cupcakes! Here are a few pictures and the recipe follows!
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons white vinegar
2 cups cold water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners and set aside.
In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, water, vanilla extract and vinegar.
Slowly whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients being careful not to over-mix. The mixture will be quite wet, but that’s okay.
Pour the batter until the cups are two thirds full and place in the oven for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cup comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then place on a wire rack until completely cool before frosting.
Peanut Butter Frosting
enough to frost 24 cupcakes
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar (depending on your desired consistency)
1 tablespoon milk (or water will do too)
In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment, beat butter and peanut butter until creamy and virtually no butter lumps remain. Scrape down the bowl. Add three cups of powdered sugar and beat on low for 1 minute. Add milk and beat on medium high for 1 minute. Add the remaining cup of powdered sugar if you’d like your frosting a bit thicker.