I love chocolate and peanut butter, it's the best combo in the world. I thought if I like chocolate and peanut butter so much, I bet vanilla and peanut butter would be a great combo as well. I was right. I made vanilla peanut butter cup cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. Yummy. I put a miniature peanut butter cup in the bottom of each cupcake liner, filled it with vanilla batter and frosted with peanut butter frosting when cooled. Extra yummy. I have found a new love and it's name is peanut butter frosting !! Where have you been all my life? Can you believe this was my first encounter with peanut butter frosting? I can guarantee it won't be my last.
Isn't this pretty !! I was practicing my frosting roses !! I love, love, love them.
Hello peanut butter cup, I see you down there just waiting to be eaten.
Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting
1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
24 mini peanut butter cups
Peanut butter frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons milk, or as needed
2 cups confectioners sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. Place one mini peanut butter cup into each paper liner; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.
In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts; beat until ingredients are incorporated.
Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Place the butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl, and beat with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in the sugar, and when it starts to get thick, incorporate milk one tablespoon at a time until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable. Beat for at least 3 minutes.
Once your vanilla cupcakes have cooled, frost with your peanut butter frosting. Use any remaining peanut butter cups to garnish cupcakes.