I love, love, love this recipe. It brings together my two favourite things in the world. Peanut Butter and Chocolate. They are no greater pleasures.
The recipe for the chocolate cupcakes was a very long time in the making. I have searched for years for the right way to make them. I have tried so many different recipes from world renowned bakers all to end in failure On my part- I'm sure their recipes suit them fine!) It wasn't until I heard a chef, friend of mine talk about "baking without butter" that this cupcake batter became ideal! A recipe I can claim to be all my own.
Dark Chocolate Cupcake:
Yields 24 large, muffin sized cupcakes. Because lets face it making 12 of these, would be just to little...
- 100gr of good plain chocolate (Try at least 70% coco) But I have made these with a 50% plain chocolate too and they were delicious.
- 620gr of caster sugar
- 170gr coco powder
- 300gr self raising flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 50ml hot and strong coffee
- 250ml of vegetable oil
- 350ml of buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Preheat your oven to 190 C
- Melt the chocolate into the coffee. When melted add the vanilla.
- Cream the sugar and the eggs until light an fluffy. They will increase in size.
- Dry mix all your dry ingredients together. Ad slowly add them to the sugar/egg combination.
- Add the buttermilk and mix.
- Add the oil and mix.
- Finally fold in the coffee/chocolate combination.
This is mix is thick but runny so you can pour it into muffin cases to about two thirds full. This recipe will slightly dome the top of the cupcake too.
Peanut Butter Frosting:
- 220gr of unsalted butter
- 220 gr of smooth peanut butter
- 440 gr of icing sugar.
- Beat the butter until pale and smooth.
- Add in your peanut butter and beat again until smooth.
- Sift in the icing sugar, a half at a time to avoid a dust storm, and beat until smooth.
If you think it's a little thick looking- add in a tablespoon of milk at a time until soft and pipe-able.
These cupcakes are very rich and very luscious. But oh my so tasty...
I know peanut butter is not for everyone but do let me know if you try them, I would love to know what you thought.