Saturday, May 12, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream


I truly hate it when people who write blogs apologize for not posting often enough. I mean, it's your blog. If you want to post something, do. If you don't want to, don't. And yet, I still feel compelled to acknowledge that it's been almost a month since my last post.

As tempted as I am to compile a list of excuses (the first of which being that I had all four wisdom teeth extracted the day after I posted those caramel snickers cookies!), I've decided instead to rely on humor to distract you from my recent absence.

From sixth grade through high school, I wrote in a diary almost every day. At the time, it really helped me sort through my thoughts and feelings about everything that was going on in my life. Of course, there wasn't really much of anything going on, but as we all know, even the most innocuous events seem life-changing during one's teenage years.

Ever since I started this blog, I thought it would be funny, in a self-deprecating sort of way, to share one of my old diary entires. Possibly something describing in detail the awkwardness of attending a junior high school dance? I was thinking we could all laugh together and marvel at how far I've come.


My mind was quickly changed, however, when I started to re-read some of the things I wrote. The more I read, the more certain I became that the pages of my diary could be used as the script for "stereotypical lovesick teenage girl #1" in any late night sketch comedy show or horribly predictable teen movie. 

But then I remembered that before all of that ridiculous teenage angst, I was a (mostly) normal little girl whose first diary was made by Lisa Frank and had two kittens on the cover; I clearly remember begging my mom for it during kindergarten school supply shopping.

Now that is something I can work with. Allow me to present my first-ever diary entry:
I wish I had a dog. I'm going to the zoo. I want a bunk bed, typewriter and dresses. Skate & knee pads & elbow pads. Polly Pocket Starlight Castle. The Talking Family Dollhouse. My birthday is in December. I had a happy halloween.
Apparently, at the age of five, I thought "diary" was just another word for "Christmas list," and I was particularly concerned with wearing proper protective gear during recreation. By the time I was six, my entries were more geared toward the complex feelings I had about my friends and family members:
May 3, 1994 
My mom is nice. I love her very much. My dad is too. Kirsten I don't understand. Amanda is nice. Kirsten is too. JT is getting nicer. I have a new bike.
May 4, 1994 
I love my teddy very much. I like Mrs. Merryfield and my new school is fun. My sister has Happy Birthday 3.
A few months later, I turned seven. From that day forward, almost every diary entry I wrote sounded, in essence, something like this:
December 12, 1994 
Today I'm 7 years old. I have someone I like. His name is Elliot. But his sister told Christina I liked him. Hana knows too.
Maybe one day I'll feel comfortable sharing something written post-Y2K. In the meantime... all I have to offer you is chocolate peanut butter cupcakes.

(Which, let's be honest, is a whole lot better than four college-ruled pages, front and back, about the heartbreaking crush I had on the guy who sat next to me in math class.)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream

For the cupcakes:

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 & 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1/2 tablespoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
24 miniature peanut butter cups

For the peanut butter buttercream:

1 cup unsalted butter
1 & 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
6 cups powdered sugar
4-6 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two 12-cup muffins tins with paper liners.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter at medium speed for about one minute. Add the sugar and cream for about one minute more, or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, and mix until combined. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large measuring cup, combine the milk, oil, and water. Add the dry and wet ingredients alternately to the butter-sugar mixture, mixing at low speed until combined. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, and mix at medium speed for about one minute, or until the batter is smooth.

4. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups. Press one miniature peanut butter cup into the center of each cup. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

5. To make the frosting: Cream the butter and peanut butter for about one minute at medium speed. Add the powdered sugar and salt, and mix at low speed until incorporated. Once the sugar is incorporated, add 4 tablespoons of milk. Beat at medium speed for 1-2 minutes, or until the frosting is light and fluffy. Add additional milk if necessary to reach the desired consistency.

Makes about 24 cupcakes.

3 comments:

  1. Omg that is sooo cute! I which I had a diary when I was a kid to look back at it now. And not to make you jealous but... I had the Polly Pocket Starlight Castle! :P Sweet, sweet memories. Your post made my laugh... And these cupcakes make me wanna throw my summer diet plan in the fireplace. By the way, I nominated your blog for the Kreativ and Sunshine awards. Have a nice day!

    Maude

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    1. Wow, thank you Maude! I have to admit I AM a little jealous that you had the Starlight Castle :)

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