My Dad has a major sweet tooth. He isn’t picky about what it is, he pretty much loves any dessert out there. My mom often makes cakes in a 9 x 13 pan, she will set it out on the counter and everyone just helps themselves until it is gone. When she does this, my Dad is known to be found over the sink first thing in the morning, eating a row of cake. Yes a row, not a slice or a piece, a row. Don’t get me wrong, he is extremely healthy and exercises daily so this extra calorie intake doesn’t seem to be a problem for him.
Getting to my point here, I usually make some type of treat for him for Father’s Day and this year I decided to make him something with his all time favorite candy, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups! I’ve been on a major cupcake kick lately so I decided to modify my regular vanilla cupcake to make a peanut butter cupcake. Then I pressed some Chocolate Peanut Butter cups right into the batter! Baked ’em up and topped them with a super chocolaty Butter Cream frosting. Make sure to have a glass of milk close by.
This recipe makes 12 Large Cupcakes.
Peanut Butter “Cup”cakes:
1/2 cup room temp butter
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2/3 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk
12 Small (not miniature) Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Preheat oven to 350
In an electric mixer cream butter. Add peanut butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Mix in vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
With the mixer on low, alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk. Mix until combined.
Fill the muffin cups and then press two Peanut Butter Cups into the middle of each. Smooth the batter with a knife to cover the chocolates when you are done.
Bake 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool while on a wire rack.
Super Chocolaty Butter Cream Frosting:
1 cup (two sticks) butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 cup milk
Cream butter in an electric mixer. With the mixer on low add the cocoa and powdered sugar, alternating with milk. You can control the consistency by adding more or less milk. If you are planning on piping the icing on the cupcakes you would want to keep it thicker but you can thin it if you are spreading it on the cakes.
Make this for the Peanut Butter Cup lover in your life.
Happy Father’s Day to all the great Dads out there!!