Chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are moist, chocolate cupcakes topped with a light and fluffy chocolate peanut butter buttercream. Perfect for any celebration.
Chocolate cupcakes are a classic recipe that everyone should have in their recipe box. They are a go-to recipe for myself when I am hosting a birthday party or making cupcakes for a baking order. As delicious as they with chocolate buttercream or even swiss meringue buttercream, chocolate peanut butter buttercream takes chocolate cupcakes to the next level. The peanut butter adds a delightful flavor that complements that chocolate without being overpowering.
These cupcakes are easy to make with simple baking pantry staples. Skip the store-bought kind and make these homemade chocolate peanut butter cupcakes.
Before you begin
Take out the following baking equipment:
Digital kitchen scale
1 muffin pan
1 medium bowl
1 small bowl
Stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment
1 silicone spatula
1 wire cooling rack
Allow your butter, eggs, and milk to come to room temperature.
Read the recipe through from start to finish.
The first step of the recipe involves beating the fat (butter) and sugar together until the mixture is creamy, light in color, and increased in volume. This creaming method is an important step that creates the air needed for leavening and producing a light and fluffy cupcake.
It’s essential to begin with room temperature butter, eggs, and milk. This will allow you to mix your ingredients together easily and evenly without becoming curdled.
In this recipe, I use natural unsweetened cocoa powder as oppose to dutch-process cocoa. Because chocolate is naturally acidic, natural cocoa powder is as well. This recipe calls for baking soda as its leavening agent, and therefore the acidic natural unsweetened cocoa powder creates the reaction with the leavening agent. Dutch-process cocoa powder, on the other hand, is not acidic and will not cause the baking soda to react.
How to make chocolate peanut butter buttercream
Begin by beating softened unsalted butter for 5 minutes (using a paddle attachment) to get your butter fluffy. Add the peanut butter and continue to mix until well combined. Mix in powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt until incorporated and then add the vanilla extract. Slowly add in milk or cream until desired consistency is achieved. Beat the buttercream for an additional 5 minutes on medium-high speed to create a light and airy texture. Additionally, you will see that the chocolate buttercream gets lighter in color.
Tips and takeaways
- Do not overmix the cupcake batter. If you do, the resulting cupcake will become dense with a tighter grain. Additionally, hollow tunnels will form inside the cupcakes from the overworked air bubbles.
- Use a scoop to fill your cupcake liners to ensure even batter distribution and, thus evenly baked cupcakes.
- Resist the urge to open the oven door during the baking stage to check your cupcake progress. When the oven door is opened it can cause the air bubbles that you so carefully created in the mixing process to burst, leaving you with dense cupcakes. Additionally, you may find that you will have sunken cupcakes.
- For the best frosting texture, I recommend using a processed creamy peanut butter such as Jif or Skippy. For this recipe, I do not recommend a natural-style peanut butter.
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