Wednesday, September 29, 2010

peanut butter chocolOTT cupcakes

I had this terrific idea for something sweet and sentimental to make for my 2 year Anniversary to Ott, E.  I wanted to bake a cake and decorate it to match the top tier of our wedding cake.  (Since last year we ate the top tier on our 1 year Anniversary, I thought it would be cute to keep the tradition going.)  I was standing in the Hobby Store and looking at cake pans, fondant, icing tips, icing bags, icing color mixes, and I don't even know what all else.  When all of a sudden it occurred to me......

I don't know how to decorate/ice a cake.  I've never used fondant before.  I have no idea what tips to use or how to use the tips when I get them.  What am I thinking???  This would never work!

Then..... I found these.

After seeing these cute cupcake liners that looked like flower petals, the gears in my brain switched directions and I started thinking perhaps I could create a cupcake inspired by our wedding cake.  The liners already look like a flower and I figured even me and my limited decorating skills could pull this off.

I baked a chocolate peanut butter chocolate cupcakes.  Here is the recipe.
1 pkg. (3 oz) cream cheese
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 T. milk

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract

In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar and milk until smooth; set aside. 
In a bowl, combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and baking soda.  In another bowl, whisk the eggs, water, milk, oil and vanilla.  Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened (batter will be thin).
Fill paper-lined cups half full with watter.  Drop teaspoon of peanut butter mixture into center of each; cover with remaining batter and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Frost after cooled.
I used my jumbo cupcake pan to set these liners down in.

Then I mixed up frosting using 1/3 cup butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, 4 T. Milk.  I then scooped out about 1/2 cup of frosting and set it aside.  To the remaining frosting I added yellow food coloring to the mix.  This is the frosting I used for my petals.  To the frosting I set aside I added 3 T. of cocoa powder and this is what I used for the brown centers.
Making the flowers was easy, as I used a number 21 tip (if that means anything to anyone who decorates cakes.)  If I can do it, you can do it, and I think they turned out really cute, and who doesn't like the taste of chocolate and peanut butter?!?!?!  Of course I also had to break out our Campaign Flutes and the napkins that we used during our reception to help us celebrate.

This post was linked to:
Delicious Dish on It's a Blog Party,  Cupcake Tuesday on Hoosier Homemade, Works for Me Wednesday from We are That Family, Penny Pinching Wednesdays at The Thrifty Home, Look what I made at Creations by Kara, Show us What You are Working on at Me and My Bucket, Make it Yours Day on My Backyard Eden, Bargarin Brag Wednesdays at Bargarin Shopping Paradise, Whats Cookin' Wednesday.


Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

These look great and sound even better! I love the combo of chocolate & peanut butter.

I made sunflower cupcakes for the first time this summer, check them out in case you want to make them for another anniversary:

wacki04 said...

Too cute! I have no idea how to decorate cakes either... nor have I begun to try, lol! Great job though! Thanks for stopping by What's Cooking Wednesday too!

Oh, and Happy Anniversary :)

Lana said...

I keep seeing these wild sunflowers everywhere now, and I think of you. Beautiful cupcakes!

Any idea what to serve kindergartners and then second graders at birthday parties coming up in November? I'm all ears! Looks like we are going to do the big friend party for both of them! I need to start the planning process ASAP! so I will be ready by then.

Four Ransom's said...

Your wedding cake was beautiful! And so are those cupcakes...yum!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Naturally these caught my eye ( you had me at chocolate). Totally featuring these on my blog because I'm long overdue for a chocolate feature! If you'd like, get a "featured" button here!

ann said...

You did a great job with your cupcakes I am sure they taste as good as the look. I will try this like peanut butter

Frances said...

You did a great job! They look fabulous.

Van said...

So pretty, and they sound delicious, too!

Kristin said...

LOVE it!!! Wow!

I'm your newest follower! Please stop by!

Kristin :)
Keenly Kristin

Turning the Clock Back said...

bly, my cupcakes never look THAT good!

Thanks for stopping by for What's Cooking Wednesday...come back next week and link up again!


Cris Goode said...

What an awesome idea! I love them... and your creativity!

Mary said...

What a great idea. Those are fine looking cupcakes. This is my first visit to your blog. I spent some time browsing through your earlier entries and I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I'll be back. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Deb said...

Those look wonderful and I'm sure tasted wonderful as well. Your blog is delightful!

Carrie and Mike Groff said...

Those are beautiful and sound delicious! :-) Stopping by from Boost My Blog Friday to follow your blog and I'm now your 300th follower! Congrats! :-)

Carrie A Groff

Candi said...

These are adorable! I watch youtube videos to learn how to pipe and decorate. There are some amazing ones out there. By wilton even!

Kimberly said...

Great blog! Came across your blog from one of the blog hops, and looking forward to reading more of your stuff. I am now following... feel free to follow back if you like!!!!
All the best,

Heather @ 3 kids and lots of pigs said...

These are so cute and sound delicious. You are so talented.

Melanie Piano said...

This is a scrumptious recipe! The design is truly remarkable especially the sunflower design. If I try this recipe maybe I mess up the design. Lol. Peanut butter is the best that I’ve seen in this recipe. Maybe some mint chocolates are great on the top of the cupcakes.

Rose Plated said...

Thanks for sharing these recipe. This is really super dazzling and awesome. I can’t wait to try this with my kids. They will surely love the design of your cupcakes.