I made these cupcakes last year for Marc's 30th Birthday party as he requested. I have been thinking about my 30th Birthday coming up in September and thought that this recipe would be perfect to share on here.
I'm all about the shortcuts. I don't make things from scratch or whip up on my own frosting but there are still mighty delicious!
*Yellow or White Cake Mix & Ingredients to Make Mix
*Creamy Peanut Butter
*Mini Cupcake Liners
|Not everything is pictured here, but you get the idea.|
First make the cake mix and lined my mini cupcake pan. Follow the box directions for oven temp and cooking time.
FYI: Because I made mini cupcakes, they took less than the 20 minutes for full size cupcakes. Just keep an eye on yours while they bake.
Make your peanut butter frosting while you are cooking and cooling your cupcakes. I took the
lazy easy way out. I just used vanilla frosting and mixed peanut butter into it. There are tons of from scratch peanut butter frosting recipes on the internet so google that if you want to make homemade.
If you go the method I used, melt your peanut butter in the microwave for 15 seconds. I had to do mine another 10 seconds, just be careful because you can burn the peanut butter. Mix in about 1 tablespoon of peanut butter at time until you get flavor you want. Don't worry about doing too much or too little, mix in until you have the peanut butter flavor you want.
To fill the cupcakes I use a "Dessert Decorator" from Michael's. Well worth the $14.99, I have used this little gadget numerous times.
The directions said to insert the fill tip about 1 inch but as there were mini cupcakes, I didn't quite go down that far. These were the first ones I filled and about halfway through I learned that if I pulled the plunger back a bit before I removed the tip from the cupcake then it wouldn't leave the bubble of jelly at the top you see in the picture below. The ones with no jelly on top have not been filled yet.
After your cupcakes are filled with jelly it is time to frost. Now, I'm not a great froster. I lose patience with it very quickly. I tried to do a smooth "bubble" or "dot" of frosting. To do this, hold your tube at a 90 degree angle in the center of your cupcake and frost until you have the size frosting you desire. I think if I had backed off the tube a little before removing I wouldn't have had such a wispy tail on the end of the cupcakes.
|These are the second batch I made for Marc's 30th Birthday Party last year.|