Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Girls, I have found it.

I have found what hormonal women the world over have been searching for since Eve first covered her bloated, belly-buttonless belly with an extra fig leaf.

I have found the cure for PMS.

The combination of this chocolate cake, which I turned into cupcakes, and this light, fluffy peanut butter frosting is freakishly good. The brewed coffee in the cake batter adds such richness and depth to the chocolate.

And, peanut butter frosting. Need I say more?

These little diddys have curing powers.

I'm just sayin'.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
recipes adapted from Beatty's Chocolate Cake and Kathleen's Peanut Butter Icing from Barefoot Contessa At Home...

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with liners.

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Pour the batter into the lined cupcake pans and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cupcakes spring back when touched in the middle. Remove from oven and allow them to cool before frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup heavy cream

Place the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and eat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.

Spread evenly onto cupcakes, keeping frosting from touching sides of cupcake liners.


  1. Okay, Sar--- So I JUST got off the treadmill and saw this post. I'm not sure if I should hug you or not.

    And I'm literally salivating. Literally.


  2. Awh man :-( I gave up desserts for Lent. Think I can convince my family that they are a form of "medicine" and mom NEEDS to eat them? lol

  3. oh my.... i HAVE to try these... maybe they'll be dessert after next week's dinner ;)

  4. I am thinking of leaving early today and making some of those little diddy's----ooooooo my mouth is watering!

  5. you got me at peanut butter frosting... yummy!

  6. From Barefoot Contessa? My Mom loves watching that show! I'll print this and give it to her and she'll probably do it if she's got time! Those cupcakes look yummy.

    Thanks for the recipe! :)

    Much Love,

  7. My friend Sheryl loves to bake and cook just like you. She brought her version of these yummies to work and we devoured them.

    My question is, "Do you hear the closet calling againn today?" I hope there is at least one left for J to eat :)

  8. Oh, I need some of those RIGHT NOW!! Too bad I'd have to actually make them (and go to the store for some ingredients) I can barely muster the energy to make banana bread out of the now-almost-rotten bananas I've been saving for that purpose. But oh my, it's tempting - I can tell from the ingredients that the PB frosting must be divine. Brett would probably kill me for bringing a jar of peanut butter into the house, though.

    Can you FedEx me a few???? ;-)


  9. So, I will have to admire from afar, as far as the peanut butter frosting goes. I wonder how they would taste with cream cheese frosting... It might not cure PMS, but it would definitely help me back in those fat pants quite handily. I have big goals. LOL.

  10. I am not a fan of chocolate cake, though this sounds divine. Will def keep it in my back pack pocket to whip up for company.

  11. alright, you really need to stop. I am making caramel popcorn right now, I can't afford to have both.

  12. Between those and the caramel are going to make us all 10 pounds heavier! Yum! Marc would actually LOVE these...he is chocolate and peanut butter all the way! Thanks! Sounds like a recipe for this weekend...since I will be leaving him with the girls on Saturday, these would help smooth any ruffles!

  13. I just made these and EVERYONE loved them. Even my non-cupcake eating husband said they were awesome. Thanks for passing this along. They were really fun to make!

  14. Just tried this recipe and it is awesome! One question: in the peanut butter frosting instructions, it says to add salt, but salt is not listed in the ingredient list... I added 1/8 teaspoon. Curious how much the recipe calls for. Thanks! PS - Love your recipes!!!

  15. Sarah - I am rooting around on your blog looking for my next gluten free inspiration. I think I found it. Ahhh.... chocolate and peanut butter. One of God's perfect pairings. :) Thanks!