Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Peanut Butter Buttercream

Seriously, what three words could sound better? “You won the lottery…” nope, that’s four and therefor doesn’t count! Peanut Butter Buttercream wins! IMG_8715

This past weekend a good friend of mine hosted a “Bloggers Unite” party where by a group of 10-15 girlies in the area who are all great athletes and bloggers (and appreciators of dessert) got together to meet up! I found this wildly entertaining because nobody actually knew each other… just knew each others blog and “tweets”. I have to say that everyone who showed up were pretty cool ladies and it was very cool to meet the people you’ve been reading about for a while.

So, knowing that this grand event was upon us, I thought cupcakes were in order! And what athlete doesn’t like peanut butter? Try putting scoops of peanut butter on your banana and eat that for a recovery snack (let me know how that goes)! Since I didn’t want to overkill the cupcakes with peanut butter AND bananas, I went with the good ol’ rich chocolate cupcake instead of a banana bread style cupcake; no one seemed to mind.

The morning started off with mixing up the butter and sugars, and then adding in the eggs.

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In a separate bowl I organized the dry ingredients including my coco powders.

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Mix it all together and you get… IMG_8675

Voilà!

IMG_8683Seriously it took a lot, I will repeat that one more time A LOT of restraint to not completely devour the entire batch of chocolate batter, and thus the batter did make it into the cupcake pans!

While they were baking it was time to start the experimentation with my new project… “Project Master Peanut Butter Buttercream”. This project started out much the same as many other buttercreams start out, egg whites & white sugar meet double boiler! Once the egg mixture has been whisked until the candy thermometer says 160°F pour into standing mixer equipped with the whisk attachment and whip on high! You are done when the meringue can hold stiff peaks.

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From here I contemplated the amount of butter to put into the buttercream recipe because I would also be adding peanut butter and I didn’t want to add too much of either such that I would loose the lightness of the buttercream. So I added only half the butter I usually would for this ratio and substituted the other half of the butter with the peanut butter! Seriously folks, this stuff was the sheeze! I added a concerning amount of peanut butter but it didn’t end up effecting the consistency and the flavor was de-lish! As well I used crunchy peanut butter; the jury is still out on if I would use crunchy again.  It certainly wasn’t a bad move, but I’m pondering how the velvety texture would compare to the buttercream with a little peanut crunch! Too bad I couldn’t offer you a free sample right through your computer screen!

Somehow I didn’t manage to get a picture of the buttercream piped out onto the cupcake before I dunked them into their ganache topping. That’s right, I said “their ganache topping”. So I’ll skip right ahead to the goodness of ganache!

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It was like one giant warm Reese's peanut butter cup on top of the chocolate cupcake!

Now you have to remember back to the beginning of this post and that the whole point of making these cupcakes was for our girls night, and I felt the cupcakes just looked a little sad without any bling to jazz them up…so I added what every girl loves. Stilettos! That’s right SHOES! Don’t roll your eyes gentlemen, you know your lady’s legs just look that much hotter with a pair of high heels on her tootsies!
 
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           Sad & Shoeless cupcakes

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Happy Feet Cupcakes!

 

I assume the ladies liked the cupcakes since I didn’t have to take any home with me!

And that’s all for this post because I’m currently busy in the kitchen working on my next cake project. I’m paired up with an organization called Icing Smiles, and I’ll be baking a cake customized for a family who has a young child undergoing continuous medical care. I won’t give away all of the details now, you’ll have to come back on Monday to see the cake and hear this young boys story!

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‘Till then, enjoy!

8 comments:

Beth said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It was so nice to meet you on Sunday! And that PB butter cream was outrageously delicious, I appreciated the crunch in the otherwise super smooth and light frosting. Definitely a winner :)

Molly said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

OMG. *drool* Why do you torture me so? :)

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

so great to meet you! the peanut butter frosting (with crunch) was out of this world. i very rudely did not share any with my bf when I got home:)

krystyna47 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These cupcakes (and your baking style in general) reminded me of the Hot chocolate cupcakes I saw pictured here:
http://9gag.com/gag/122486/

They look suuuuper yummy!

Danielle in Iowa in Seattle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I confess to being a freak - I don't like peanut butter flavored things. Peanut butter, yes. Peanut butter cookies, etc? Nope. I guess more for everyone else!

Meghan said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These look fantastic! I'm definitely going to have to try making them, or a version of them!

The Boyds said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You are a true genius!

lizardruns said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That frosting was amazing! I loved the extra crunch from the peanuts and the stillettos, even though my poor runner's feet can never wear them ;)

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