Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mini Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes

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
*Vanilla Frosting
*Creamy Peanut Butter
*Filling Tip
*Decorating Tip
*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.

I did about 3 tablespoons of peanut butter to 1 can of Vanilla Frosting.

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.

Ta Da!
Mini Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes!

The first time I made the cupcakes.
These are the second batch I made for Marc's 30th Birthday Party last year.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Welcome to Violet Imperfection

Hello and welcome to my blog Violet Imperfection.  My name is Leslie and I'm a stay at home Mama to my almost 5 month old daughter, Violet and wife to my husband Marc.

I love to craft, especially making things for my little girl and anything I can do with my glue gun.  My sewing machine and I have a love/hate relationship.  My mom often helps me with my sewing projects.

Banner made for Violet's Nursery

Bird Mobile made out of felt, fabric and ribbon, hand sewn by me.

I'm not the greatest cook but am learning now that I stay home.  I really love my crock pot and have been using it a lot of the last few weeks. 

My favorite recipe right now is this delicious Rotel Chicken I found on Pinterest. Super easy and super delicious.

The blog is going to mix of my life, motherhood, crafting, books, recipes, really anything that is me.  I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I will enjoy writing it!