Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

This past weekend I went to a housewarming party and brought these for my chocolate/PB obsessed friend. These cupcakes were the perfect match of both. I will confess that I used a box mix (insert gasping noise here) but it was a convenience factor mostly.
The frosting was all homemade though. A chocolate/peanut butter ganache buttercream. SOOO GOOD!

I won't bother to give you a chocolate cupcake recipe since everyone has one they love I'm sure, but the recipe for the icing is here.

1 cup chocolate chips/wafers (bittersweet preferably)
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup peanut butter, smooth
Powdered sugar (no amount, just add a bit at a time till you get that desired sweetness)

Heat heavy cream till simmer and remove from heat.
Pour over chocolate chips and wait 2 minutes.
Whisk together till combined and then add peanut butter and mix until you have a silky looking sauce, chill for 1 hour.
Combine butter in a mixer or use a hand mixer and beat until soft and creamy.
Add some powdered sugar till slightly sweet, (remember you still have chocolate to add!)
Add the ganache and mix until slightly lightened in colour, about 30 seconds or so.