A birthday blog for Skyler, my extraordinary daughter, who on the day she was born, forever transformed my life in the most amazing way. These cupcakes are most especially for YOU…..HAPPYBIRTHDAY…..and Enjoy – xo –
Strangely enough, I adapted this recipe from “Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World” and made them most decidedly NOT vegan. They are oh so delicious, moist and peanut buttery and of course I make them three ways to satisfy all tastes and demands. With that said they are perfect just as they are, naked if you will or adorned with just a light drizzle of melted chocolate or topped with a dollop of fresh barely sweetened whipped cream or the frosting of your choice. BUT, if you’d like to take them to the next level, I like to top each individually (rather than mixed throughout the batter) with a few broken pieces or just one big chunk of the best milk chocolate I can find. Or for the jam lovers in your life (hello Evan!), a swirl of your favorite jam or preserve mixed into the batter of each individual cupcake just before baking, yum, yum, yum….
Makes about 15 cupcakes (is it just me, or is it impossible to create a recipe that actually makes exactly 12 cupcakes?) OR 12 regular size cupcakes plus about 6 minis.
3/4 cup Buttermilk
1/2 cup Natural Unsweetened Chunky Peanut Butter
2-3 extra Tablespoons Natural Unsweetened Chunky Peanut Butter
1/3 cup Canola Oil
2/3 cup granulated Natural Cane Sugar
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
A few ounces milk chocolate chunks (I use Lindt)
A few Tablespoons Jam of your choice (I prefer Raspberry)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line muffin tin with paper liners.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of Peanut Butter, Oil, Sugar, Maple Syrup and Egg until well combined. Add the Buttermilk and stir until fully incorporated.
Sift in the Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda and Salt. Stir to combine. Then drop in the remaining 2-3 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter a little bit at a time to gently swirl through the batter.
Fill the cupcake liners about two thirds full.
Now if you like your peanut butter cupcakes straight up and simple, pop them in the oven and bake for about 22-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
OR, if you’d like to have a little fun, break up a few ounces of chocolate, leaving big pieces and then drop a piece on top of each muffin cup filled with batter. Bake as above.
OR, swirl a small spoonful of jam (about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon) into the top of each cupcake. Note, the jam topped cupcakes may take a touch longer to bake.
Allow cupcakes to cool a bit on a rack before removing them from the pan. Cool completely before topping with anything. Enjoy!
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