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8.22.2012

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting



Tomorrow is my birthday.

I'm going to be 28!

Funny part about that is I think I've been saying I'm 28 for like 6 mo's now. LOL

My  husband makes fun of me because I round everything up. I tell everyone we have been together for 12 yrs. When in actuality it won't be 12 yrs until November 2012. My 3 1/2 yr old is now 4, my my almost 1 yr old is 1. My dog who JUST turned 8 has been 8 for at least a year now.

I don't know why I do this. It confuses everyone around me even myself.

I swore our anniversary this fall was going to be 13 yrs, and that tomorrow I would be 29 with 1 yr to go until the big 3-0.

So  to celebrate my NOT 29th birthday tomorrow I will be hosting a Cake and Ice Cream Party. Come link up as many cake and ice cream posts on my blog tomorrow. Share your delish recipes with me and maybe get some extra traffic to your blog as well. It's a win win!

As a cake teaser I am going to share my favorite chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with you all today. I make these every year for Hub's birthday which is on Sept 11th. He will be 27 this year. Not 28.

The chocolate cake is super moist and topped with the BEST frosting on the planet everyone will snatch these right up. 



Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting
(Recipe adapted from my Caden's Cake)

Ingredients:

 2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 a cup of dark coco powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp of salt
2 eggs
1 cup of buttermilk
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2/3 of a cup of boiling water

Directions:

 Preheat oven to 350.

Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners.  Recipe yields about 24 cupcakes. Set aside

In the bowl of your electric mixer stir together your dry ingredients. Add in milk, oil, eggs, vanilla and beat on medium/low speed for 2 minutes.
Stir in boiling water by hand.

Pour into pans and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

For the frosting:

2 sticks of room temperature butter (1 cup)
1 cup of cream peanut butter
2-4 cups of confectioners sugar
2 tbs of half and half (optional)

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and peanut butter until creamy. On medium/low speed add in powder sugar until you get your desired creamy/stiffness I only use 2 cups. If too stiff  add half and half until it is smooth.

Frost cooled cakes.








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34 comments:

  1. Peanut butter buttercream is my favorite frosting of all...especially on top of a dark chocolate cupcake!!! Happy NOT 29th birthday...a day early!!! Hugs!!!

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    1. Same here! Or PB cream cheese... to die for! Thanks a bunch friend!

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  2. These cupcakes rock. Happy early birthday! I round up too. It's just easier! Probably comes from when I was a kid and didn't want to say 6 1/2! Love your party idea...I can't wait!

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    1. It def stems from being a kid. I don't really WANT to get any older now so I'm not sure why I keep aging myself hahah.

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  3. Happy 28th birthday tomorrow! Love that you celebrate with these wonderful cupcakes.

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  4. These look SO yummy, Carrie! And I do the same round-up thing, too. Especially on resumes... eeek! Oh yeah, I've been with the company for 20 years, yeah I'm only 21, what's your point?? (Don't tell my future employers that!)

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  5. happy bday!!! and I love that you baked your own cupcakes (that way you get what YOU WANT - not some random bakery stuff that you never know how it's going to really be..)...and that you used dark choc & PB - we think alike!

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  6. Happy early birthday! Hope it's a wonderful one. =) These cupcakes look absolutely wonderful. You just can't beat the combination of dark chocolate + peanut butter!

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    1. Thanks so much! You really can't go wrong with PB and chocolate!

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  7. Hope you have a fabulous birthday Carrie! These are perfect. I baked my own birthday cupcakes too! :)

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  8. I totally get your counting system ... my dad does the same thing!! His logic is once, you turn one, you've already completed your first year. So on you're first birthday .. .you're begining your second year.

    It's weird ... but I get it :) Let's talk about this cake though ... OOHMMYYYYUUUMM! This is my kind of cake for sure - - how can you go wrong with PB buttercream!

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    1. Haha I'm glad I'm not the only one who rounds everything up. Your dad is onto something. That is so much more logical!

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  9. Happy Birthday!! I love peanut butter buttercream and with dark chocolate?! Hello new favorite cupcake!

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  10. Happy early BIRTHDAY!! This is the perfect bday treat :)

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  11. Happy early BIRTHDAY!! This is the perfect bday treat :)

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  12. Happy early birthday! I don't think you could have picked a better combo. :)

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  13. Hi, what a wonderful combo!
    Happy Birthday to you!
    I am a newbie to baking, can I know what is "half and half"? Would like to try out your recipe ;)

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  14. Happy {early} BIRTHDAY! I seriously want to hug you right now! These cupcakes look insanely good!

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  15. Happy Birthday Carrie!! I seriously do the same thing and then I am so confused and so are my kids! Your cupcakes look unbelievable, I want to try them! I am your newest follower by email and Pinterest! Nettie from Moore Or Less Cooking

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  16. Happy Birthday - wishing you a happy year, as you enter the last(ish) leg of your 20s.... hey so you are now rounding up to 29 and therefor almost 30!!

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  17. These cupcakes look like the perfect way to celebrate!! Happy 28th Birthday!!

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  18. The frosting recipe is amazing! I was looking for a pb buttercream for my pb&j cupcakes, and this took them over the top. My family and I thank you for sharing your recipe!

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  19. mmmm these would go way to quickly in our house! Our favorite flavor combo!

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