This recipe caught my eye because what better than combining the comfort of pb&j with the wonderful creation that is a cupcake.
I used less powdered sugar than the recipe called for in the frosting, but other than that I followed it exactly.
It was perfect -- it combined the fluffiness of white bread with the sweetness of jelly and the creaminess of peanut butter.
yield: 24 cupcakes
for the cake
2 1/4C cake flour
1 tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4C buttermilk, room temperature
4 egg whites, room temperature
1 1/2C sugar
1 stick (8 tbs) butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
for the filling
raspberry jelly (or whatever flavor your heart desires)
for the peanut butter buttercream
3 sticks butter, room temperature
1C creamy peanut butter
2 tbs vanilla extract
3C powdered sugar
6 tbs heavy cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line muffin pan with cupcake liners (or grease pan if not using cupcake liners).
- for the cake: In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg whites.
- In a large bowl (I used my KitchenAid Stand Mixer), cream butter and sugar at medium speed for 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Beat in vanilla until combined.
- Add flour mixture 1/3 at a time, alternating with the buttermilk mixture. Beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
- Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, to make sure the batter is light and airy.
- Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 full.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool.
- for filling: Hollow out a small portion of the center of the cupcake.
- Fill the hole with a teaspoon of jelly.
- for the buttercream: In a large bowl (or stand mixer with paddle attachment), cream butter and peanut butter on medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Turn mixer down to low speed and slowly add powdered sugar, until well combined.
- Add vanilla and heavy cream, mixing on low speed until combined.
- Beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes.
- Pipe (or spread) frosting onto cooled cupcakes.