Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Nutter Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes

This is a combination of two of my favorite things: chocolate cake and Nutter Butter cookies.  Why only have one when you can have both?  These were baked up for a dear friend's birthday.  There are Nutter Butters in the cake batter and some mini cookies on top.  
I love how the cookies added a little something extra to the cakes.  A little unexpected extra dose of peanut butter.  That's a nice surprise.  The chocolate cake is my absolute favorite recipe from Hershey's.  Every time I make this cake it turns out just right.  Perfectly moist and just the right chocolate flavor.
Chocolate cake
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cups cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk 
1/2 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water, I used coffee
12-14 Nutter Butter cookies, broken into small pieces
Heat oven to 350 and prepare your baking pan with cupcake liners
In the bowl of your mixer stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda, and salt.
Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.  Stir in boiling water/coffee.
Fold in Nutter Butter cookies.  
Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Allow cakes to cool before frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp kosher salt
5 Tbsp softened butter
1/3 cup heavy cream

Combine all ingredients except for the heavy cream. Scraping bowl as needed. Once combined add heavy cream and beat on high until smooth and creamy.  I dressed up my cupcakes with mini nutter butter cookies and a sprinkle of sea salt.
These cupcakes will definitely please anyone who loves chocolate and peanut butter....all in one perfect little cake!