Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

More cupcakes!! These were from a few weeks ago for an engagement celebration.

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I adapted this recipe from a recipe for a whole cake. I have to say, this recipe made for some fluffy cupcakes. They were infused with a light peanut butter flavor and we ate a decent amount sans frosting. The cake melted in your mouth! The peanut butter frosting on top just added another flavor layer.

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Then roll them in sprinkles and you have the most festive little cake. Along with a single tiny blue sprinkle in this photo. tee hee, so cute.

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After this slew of cupcake posts, you know what time it is? fall baking time!! pumpkin everything time!!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Adapted from Molly Yeh
Makes ~ 24 cupcakes

For the cakes

1 3/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup boiling water (key to the fluff!)

Preheat oven to 350. Line two muffin tins with the festive liner of your choice. In a separate bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients except for the boiling water. Mix the wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and then add in your boiling water. Fill your cupcake liners ~ 1/2 – 3/4 full. Tap onto your counter to make an even surface to frost. Bake for ~15 mins or until the tops spring back at you or a toothpick comes our clean. Let cool while you make the frosting. Eat a cupcake top…

For the frosting

1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 cup powdered sugar
~ 8 oz sprinkles

Beat together the butter and peanut butter. Add in your vanilla and slowly incorporate the powdered sugar. Frost your now cooled cupcakes with a simple angled spatula or knife. The sprinkles will cover any imperfections.

Pour your sprinkles into a shallow bowl and one by one, turn your frosted cupcakes upside down into the sprinkles, gently pressure them onto the top and sides until it’s so festive you can’t even handle it!

Enjoy!!

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