Saturday, August 24, 2013

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake Obsession

Our house is full of obsessions ... books, fabric, yarn, cooking gadgets, milk glass and two of our always and forever favorites: peanut butter and chocolate. We've really tried to back off of wheat and processed products in the last year-and-a-half to feel healthier and *sigh* lose a few pounds. Sometimes, though, only the good old bad stuff will do.

For Hubby's birthday yesterday, I went old school and baked him chocolate cupcakes with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I adapted a recipe I found on Taste of Home, using canned frosting to accommodate my laziness lack of time, and adding some of my own touches.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

Devil's Food cake mix
3 oz. package of instant chocolate pudding
3 eggs
1-1/4 cups water or dark cola like Coke
1/3 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
8 oz. package of mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
16 oz. Chocolate Fudge Frosting
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
Cupcake papers

Prepare the cake mix as directed on the package, adding in the instant pudding, eggs, water or cola, and oil. I used my Pampered Chef Large Scoop (3 Tablespoons) to fill the cupcake papers approximately half full.

Poke one mini peanut butter cup into the center of each cupcake.

Used my Pampered Chef Medium Scoop (2 Tablespoons) to add more cake batter to each cupcake. Bake as directed.

I only wanted a dozen cupcakes so I greased and floured a couple of 4" springform pans to make two little cakes with the extra batter. These I wrapped and froze for dessert another day after baking and cooling.

While the cupcakes are cooling, chop a few dozen peanut butter cups to sprinkle on top.

Put the prepared frosting in a bowl and add the creamy peanut butter. Mix well, frost your cupcakes and sprinkle with the chopped peanut butter cups.

Put on a pretty cake plate, fluff your hair, straighten your Donna Reed pearls and wait for the compliments and adoration.

Oh by the way, they are ridiculously good. Hubby actually called them decadent. Now that's a happy birthday!

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