Sunday, September 20, 2009

Chocolate Peanut Butter Alliecakes

Today is my baby sister Allie's birthday! I'm pretty bummed that I can't be with my her to celebrate (she's playing with our mom in Omaha), so I baked her favorite cupcakes, chocolate with peanut butter frosting!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Allie's Bday!

I thought she'd appreciate the gesture even though she can't actually be here to enjoy one herself. I'm secretly hoping she'll swing by Oregon on her way back home to L.A. to share one with me (hint, hint!).

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Allie's Bday!

Top 5 reasons why Allie is the best:
5. You have the best hair in the family
4. Our lifetimes' worth of inside jokes
3. Everybody loves you, it's virtually impossible not to
2. You make me laugh harder than pretty much anyone
1. You just are. The best.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Allie's Bday!

Happy 24th, little one! Love you!!

Sous Chef Allie

Printable Recipe
One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes
Adapted from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes
Makes 18 cupcakes

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
3/4 c. buttermilk
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c. warm water

1. Preheat oven to 350. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners (Amy's note: I always use baking spray with flour instead). With an electric mixer on medium speed, combine dry ingredients. Reduce speed to low. Add eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and water; beat until smooth and combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

2. Divide batter evenly among 18 cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool 10 minutes; turn out cupcakes onto rack and cool completely.

Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 3 months in an airtight container.

Peanut Butter Frosting
Adapted from The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book
Makes 3 cups, enough for 24 cupcakes or the top of 1 sheet cake

2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into chunks and softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

1. Beat the butter, peanut butter, cream, vanilla, and salt together in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth, 1-2 minutes.

2. Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low, slowly add the confectioners' sugar, and beat until incorporated and smooth, 4-6 minutes. Increase the mixer speed and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, 5-10 minutes.


(wife.) said...

I LOVE the candle pic! I think these cupcakes might have to happen very soon.

Jilly said...

You are a sweet sister!

Melissa said...

I've been wanting to try those one bowl chocolate cupcakes for ages, and perhaps I actually will now! That peanut butter frosting looks fabulous. I made MS's PB whoopie pies; that icing sounds very similar.

I always wanted a sister growing up. Lucky you. :)

oneordinaryday said...

What a super nice post for your sister. I feel the exact same way about both of mine too. : )

linda said...

You are a great sister to make these cupcakes. They sound and look YummEfied!!! Happy B Day Allie : )

Unknown said...

YOU'RE the best sister!!! Thank you so so much for the lovely post. They look absolutely DELISH. Wish I could be there to taste them! LOVE YOU!

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday to your sister! Lucky lady to have these made for her!

Bethie said...

They look delicious!! You are a good sister to have.

Jill @ Jillicious Discoveries said...

Great pictures! Those cupcakes look delicious! How can you go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter? You can't. :)

Anne said...

How sweet! I love the curled candle.

What's Cookin Chicago said...

Gorgeous cupcakes and one lucky sister to celebrate with them!!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those look delicious, I like how you piped the frosting!

Mary Bergfeld said...

These look sinfully delicious. Are you trying to make her fat :-). That would be the height of sib rivalry.

Sara said...

Those look amazing! My sister's birthday is coming up soon. I may have to take your cue and make myself some cupcakes to celebrate :)

MaryBeth Houlihan said...

hey there! i came across your lovely cupcakes on Photograzing. I love your blog. FYI...i featured your cupcakes on my blog today. Can't wait to make them for myself. :)

Bethie said...

I made these today and OMG they are great. I linked your site on my little blog. I do have a ton of icing, the best thing I have ever tasted, left over. I am trying to figure out what to do with it. Any suggestions?

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

What a cute site!!! Your cupcakes look delicious! Peanut butter and Chocolate sooooooo yummy!

Unknown said...

I made these tonight and they were fantastic!

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