Decadent Chocolate Brownie Peanut-Butter Filled Cupcakes

WARNING: These are very rich, you can only eat half!

IMG_0154All my boys love Peanut Butter & Chocolate, so what’s better than a delicious cupcake?  It was a crazy work day for me today, traveled to Ohio for meetings with clients yesterday, but the boys were asking “what’s for dessert!”

So I decided a cupcake would be good to give them as a treat and to alleviate my guilt of leaving them behind. I’m not sure why I feel bad leaving them, it’s good for them to miss me, but just feel like I have to give them a reward for being so good for their daddy while their papa (me) is away!

Was thinking of a chocolate cheesecake, but that would take too long, so I decided on chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes and starting mixing ingredients! It’s so relaxing and got me out of this hectic day! And, was fun!!

I hope you find this bake as relaxing as I did, but warning, you’ll need a big glass of ice cold milk to wash this decadent dessert down!

Chocolate Brownie Cake

6 oz Semi-Sweet baking chocolates

10 tbsp unsalted butter

1 1/4 cup sugar

4 large eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp baking powder

1 cup of peanut butter chips

Combine the butter and chocolate in a small microwavable bowl and in 30 second increments on 50% power, melt the butter and chocolate together until thoroughly melted and mixed together.

In large mixing bowl, combine sugar, eggs, vanilla and mix throughly until fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium speed.

On slow speed, slowly add melted chocolate and butter to the sugar/egg mixture. Mix until well combined.

Add sifted flour, salt and baking powder to chocolate mixture until just mixed together.

Fill cup cake molds 2/3 with batter.

Gently melt in a small bowl the cup of peanut butter chips. Just enough to make a small ball in your palms, total of 12. Place the small peanut butter chip balls in the center of the batter. Let them sink on their own, don’t push down.

Bake at 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and thoroughly cool

Peanut Butter Buttercream Icing (told you this was rich!)

1 stick of softened butter.

2 tbs cold milk

1 tsp vanilla

3 cups confectioner’s sugar

1/4 cup of peanut butter

Make you icing by creaming  butter, add vanilla and then add 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar and continue to combine by adding milk as necessary until all is smooth.

I used a chocolate ganache in my icing bag (3 stripes down side) and then added my icing to pipe atop the cupcakes. It gives the icing a wonderful / professional looking finish. My piping skills are in need of practice, I just haven’t done enough, but I am committed to working on better piping skills!

I toped with a chocolate chip and a peanut!

Enjoy the Bake!!

Trace

 

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