Peanut Butter-Chocolate Twist Cupcakes

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Twist Cupcakes
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  4. 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/3 cup peanut butter
  7. 1 cup packed brown sugar
  8. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  10. 1 cup milk
  11. 4 ounces milk chocolate, melted
  12. 1 recipe Peanut Butter Frosting
  13. 1 recipe Chocolate Frosting
  14. Shaved milk chocolate and/or bite-size chocolate-covered peanut butter cups, halved
Instructions
  1. Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line thirty-four to thirty-six 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add peanut butter; beat until combined. Gradually add brown sugar and granulated sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until combined. Scrape sides of bowl; beat for 2 minutes more or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.
  3. Place half of the batter into a separate mixing bowl; add melted chocolate. Beat with electric mixer on low speed just until combined.
  4. Fill prepared muffin cups by alternating spoonfuls of peanut butter batter and chocolate batter, filling each cup about two-thirds full. Use a butter knife or skewer to swirl batter.
  5. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.
  6. In a pastry bag fitted with a star or round tip place Peanut Butter Frosting side-by-side with the Chocolate Frosting. Pipe frostings onto cupcakes. Top with shaved chocolate and/or peanut butter cup halves. Makes 34 to 36 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes.
  7. Chocolate Frosting
  8. Ingredients
  9. 1 portion Peanut Butter Frosting
  10. 4 ounces milk chocolate, melted
  11. Powdered sugar
  12. Milk
  13. Directions
  14. Beat the Peanut Butter Frosting and milk chocolate with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. If necessary, beat in additional powdered sugar or milk until frosting reaches a piping consistency. Makes about 1-1/2 cups.
  15. Peanut Butter Frosting
  16. Ingredients
  17. 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
  18. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  19. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  20. 6 cups powdered sugar
  21. Milk
  22. Directions
  23. Allow cream cheese to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, peanut butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Beat in enough milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until frosting reaches piping consistency. Divide frosting into two portions. Set one portion aside for Chocolate Frosting (see recipe, below).
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