Peanut Butter Cupcakes + Black Coffee Frosting

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Black Coffee Frosting www.abeautifulmess.com Over the weekend Elsie threw Trey and I a peanut butter themed wedding shower. We are both BIG peanut butter fans so it only seemed appropriate. My favorite detail from the shower was a handmade tablecloth with some of the lyrics from Selena Gomez's single "I Love You Like a Love Song." That's one of our songs. We only listen to classics. 

Anyway. I love baking, so I asked if I could make the cupcakes for the shower. I knew there would be plenty of other delicious treats around, so I wanted to try something a little different. I've been wanting to try and create a frosting that embodies all the goodness of black coffee and dark chocolate. I thought this would be delicious with peanut butter filled cupcakes, if not maybe a little on the decadent side. :) I loved how they turned out.Peanut butter cupcake recipePeanut butter cupcakePeanut Butter Cupcakes, makes 22. Slightly adapted from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes.

3/4 cup softened butter
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
1 3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup greek yogurt

In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the vanilla extract and the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly incorporate the flour into the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in the peanut butter and greek yogurt.

Fill a prepared muffin pan each 1/2 full with batter. Bake at 375°F for 18-20 minutes until cooked through and brown around the edges. Allow to cool.Peanut butter filled cupcakesTotally optional, but, you should do this. Once the cupcakes are cool use a sharp knife to cut out a small inverted pyramid, and remove. Fill the whole with creamy peanut butter! The easiest way to do this is to pipe the peanut butter into the hole. You can use a pastry bag or, if you find that you are once again out, use a zip lock bag. :)Askinoise chocolateFor the frosting you are going to need 9 ounces of good, dark chocolate. I used Askinoise chocolate bars, one of their collaboration bars infused with Intelligentsia coffee.Dark chocolate glazeBlack Coffee Frosting, makes enough to frost 22 cupcakes. Loosely adapted from Ready for Dessert.

9 ounces dark chocolate
1/2 cup black coffee
10 tablespoons butter
2-4 tablespoons powered sugar

In a double boiler or a glass bowl set over simmering water, stir together the chocolate and coffee until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter until well incorporated. Taste the frosting. And if a little too bitter, take the edge off by whisking in a few tablespoons powdered sugar. After all, this is frosting. :) Allow to cool until the frosting is spreadable but firm. Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Black Coffee Frosting www.abeautifulmess.comPeanut Butter Cupcakes with Black Coffee Frosting www.abeautifulmess.comI topped these cupcakes with candied peanuts, but you could also try sprinkles, sanding sugar or just a little bit of sea salt. Enjoy! xo. Emma

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