Monday, August 9, 2010

Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Last night I was watching Cupcake Wars on Food Network. If you don't know what it is, it is your basic food challenge show, but solely about cupcakes. So last night one of the cupcakes they made was a chocolate peanut butter and then it hit me...the craving.

You know what I am talking about.

The craving for that perfect ratio of peanut butter and chocolate.

One that you know just won't go away easily.

I knew just what to make, but it was late and I had already made pot pie for dinner and there was a pile of dishes still waiting. In the spirit of the Cupcake Wars, my husband challenged me to make the cupcakes in 40 minutes as they do on the show. Since you don't know me yet, I'll tell you that I may have a little competitiveness in me, just a little. So challenge accepted. It's on!

I knew what I wanted to make. I have made this recipe in cake form a long time ago, before this blog existed, I mentioned this "best cake ever" on the meetthekadlecs blog. This time I halved the recipe and made 12 peanut butter chocolate ganache cupcakes!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 and 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup and 2 tbsp unsweetened dutch process cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup water
1 tbsp distilled white vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg

4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tbsp light corn syrup
1/4 cup whole milk

5 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2 and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners and set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together till thoroughly combined. Add in oil and sour cream and whisk till combined. While beating, gradually add in water. Blend in vanilla and vinegar. Whisk in eggs and beat until well blended. Spoon batter into lined cupcake pan (the batter is very soupy, don't worry it will be great). Bake for 25-30 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely (if in a hurry shove in fridge till cooled).

To make chocolate ganache, melt chocolate in a double broiler or in a bowl over simmering water. Add in peanut butter and corn syrup and continue whisking until melted and combined. Remove chocolate mixture from heat and whisk in milk beating until you get a smooth texture. Set aside, whisking occasionally.

To make peanut butter frosting, in a large bowl beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add in confectioners' sugar, mix thoroughly after each addition. Beat on medium for four minutes until light and fluffy. Add in peanut butter until blended.

After cupcakes have chilled, fill with chocolate ganache and frost with peanut butter frosting using piping bags. See the method I use in the Chocolate Stout and Irish Cream Cupcakes.

So I didn't make the 40 minutes, guess I'm not cut out for Cupcake Wars. I did end my night with some crave busting cupcakes though!

Good Luck with not craving chocolate and peanut butter after this!


  1. Not to be cliche, but these were awesome! The chocolate ganache was definitely one of the best parts!

  2. What a smart husband you have. Had his cake in 40 minutes and eat it too! He he...:)

  3. I love choc cupcakes w pb frosting! I almost made them for a bbq yesterday but then I thought about having to clean up the kitchen and changed my mind. Yours look great!

    Btw what do you think about cupcake wars? i don't think it's as good as i thought it would be. when it first came out i immediately added it to my dvr but i've taken it off...

  4. These look very delicious. Love the ganache and frosting. Thanks very much for sharing.

  5. Hi Debbie, I was looking for a good recipe using peanut butter and there were so many, I just couldn't decide which to go for. After reading your post though, I think I've found the perfect recipe to try! Thanks very much for sharing!

  6. Love that peanut butter buttercream swirl! In fact, I have a feeling that if I was to try making these, half the frosting would probably end up in my belly before it ever made it onto the cupcakes. :) Genius idea to add chocolate ganache for an extra-chocolatey boost, too.

  7. Oh peanut butter and chocolate.. probably the greatest combination of all time.. these look delicious! I love cupcake wars! whenever I bake cupcakes now, I like to pretend and see how quickly I can do everything!

  8. OH my, so good and great photos! Cupcakes are such great treats!

  9. I know exactly what you're talking about... I love finding that perfect peanutbutter to chocolate ratio! I've never had pb/chocolate cupcakes, though. They sound fantastic!

  10. Looks like you won that challenge! Your cupcakes look incredible! YUMMY!

  11. I have com across a number of PB/Chocolate recipes in just the last week... I LOVE the combo and can see myself putting on pound after pound if I make all these. Your cupcakes are beautiful, I don't have a good hand in "swirl making", I will have to pass that off to my daughter!

  12. I'm always down with finding new and exciting ways to get more pb and chocolate into my life. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Your cupcakes sound amazing! Who cares if you didn't do it in 40 mins - these are definitely winners!

  14. Oh my goodness, these sound EXCELLENT

  15. Why is peanut butter and chocolate sooooo good together? One of my fav combos!

  16. I love how the ganache has PB in it. Reeses--specifically the jumbo ones--are my favorite as they have the perfect ratio of PB to chocolate. These are being saved for a time in the future.

  17. I'm kinda tempted to just make the frosting and eat it with a spoon right now.

  18. My all time favorite! You've just started my craving for the night....

  19. 40 minutes is an intense deadline! I guess you'll just have to keep baking awesome cupcakes like these to reach it :) I love Cupcake Wars!

  20. You guys are all so sweet and I definitely condone eating the icing on its own! I love cupcakes wars too, they are always coming up with the coolest flavors...hope you guys enjoy!

  21. Loved the recipe. It sounded so good I had to try it. Was half way thru and realized I was out of sour cream. So, not wanting to go to the store this late, I smashed 2 ripe bananas and used them instead. WOW. Whole new flavor layer -- really moist.

  22. @Elesa: That is so great you tried the recipe so quick. I love the idea of putting bananas in these cupcakes, the flavors sound amazing together!

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  24. This is my favorite combo of cupcakes... Love it and the pictures.

  25. Your husband's one smart cupcake. You'd have probably gone to bed and the craving would have been a memory by morning but he managed to get himself a snack, eh? Please let him know that we're all grateful (especially my hubby and kiddo who will love these). :)

  26. Wow! I'm totally drooling. You should try this recipe for sweet potato cupcakes- they're my all-time favorites!

  27. I've been watching that show too!!!

  28. beautiful it so much.

  29. i have been looking for the perfect pb/choc cupcake, and i saw one on cupcake wars too. We have our Birthday Party for Jesus at our church this weekend, and i am the resident baker. these sound AMAZING, and I will be making these this weekend. I will let you know how they turn out. thanks!!


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