week 7: peanut butter cup cupcakes

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Being Valentine’s Day and all I decided to make my wonderful boyfriend his favorite baked good- peanut butter cup cupcakes. The first time I baked for him, I asked what his favorite treat was his response was peanut butter and chocolate. So I searched the web in search of the perfect combination of these two ingredients- let’s just say I found the mother load.


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Cupcakes:

1 (18.25 oz) package devil’s food cake mix
1 (3.4 oz) pack instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
30 Reese’s Miniatures peanut butter cups, frozen

Be sure to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place cupcake liners in your cupcake or muffin pan.

In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or your stand mixer bowl using the paddle attachment, mix together all of your ingredients except the peanut butter cups for minute or two until well mixed.

Place 3 Tbsp of cake batter in each cupcake liner. Take one frozen peanut butter cup and place in the center of each cupcake on top of the batter, press down a little bit.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until several cupcakes pricked with a toothpick come out clean. Do not prick the cupcake where the peanut butter cup is inserted. There will be a slight indentation or hole where the cupcake is sunken in from the peanut butter cup, you’ll fill that with icing. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes.

Remove cupcakes from the pans and place them on a cooling rack & let them cool all the way. While the cupcakes are baking you can make the butter cream icing.

Frosting:

3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 lb powdered sugar
3-4 Tbsp low-fat milk
Reese’s peanut butter cups minis (in a bag & they come unwrapped)

In your stand mixer bowl using the paddle attachment, mix thoroughly the softened butter and peanut butter on low to medium speed. Turn off your mixer and in two batches; add the powdered sugar and mixing until well blended. Be careful, the powdered sugar can go everywhere!

Add vanilla and 3 to 4 tablespoons of milk a little bit at a time while blending on low speed. Blend until well combined. You’ll start to see the icing pull from the sides of the bowl. Add a little bit more milk to get to the right thinness (to your preference). Keep blending, higher the speed, until nice and fluffy, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Using a big round tip and decorator bag, pipe icing onto cooled cupcakes and top with a mini on each cupcake.

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These cupcakes are delicious served warm- the Reese’s will melt in your mouth.

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