Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

A few weeks ago, one of my best friends (who is an extraordinarily talented photographer, check her out at www.danafortune.com) was visiting, and all kinds of delicious, ridiculous baking was bound to ensue — most of my pictures are taken amateurly and with my phone, so I’m usually just hoping for the best. With such a talented friend around, we figured it would be a great opportunity for some proper pictures!

We share a serious love for chocolate and peanut butter together, so the obvious thing to do is make some insanely moist, simple chocolate cupcakes and top them off with the most perfect, creamy peanut butter frosting you can imagine. Truly could not have gone better!

You will need:

For cupcakes:
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup hot water

For the frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk (or whipping cream, if you have it on hand!)

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Preheat your oven to 325. Start off by combining all of your dry ingredients. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add hot water to the cake batter. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to the batter. This batter is not going to be as thick as many cupcake recipes — in fact, you may be shocked by how thin it is, but don’t let that fool you, it turns into the most wonderful, full, moist cake! Spoon batter into lined cupcake pans, filling each well about 3/4 full, and bake for about 9-13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

While cupcakes cool, start up your frosting. Whip together your butter and peanut butter until fully combined. Slowly add powdered sugar and continue to whip. Last, whip in the milk and mix fully until your frosting is fluffy and ready to go!

Pipe this perfect peanut butter cream on to your cupcakes, top ’em with sprinkles or chips or whatever you like, and try your hardest not to eat the entire batch alone!

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