Friday, March 7, 2008

Brownie Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

My friend Michal introduced me to these fabulous cupcakes. They are very rich, and fabulous! Not so much a child's cupcake- definitely one for adults! She let me know that she got the recipe from Bon Appetit-

Cupcakes6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips (about 8 ounces)
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use old-fashioned or freshly ground)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 teaspoons (about) whipping cream (optional)
Chocolate shavings or chocolate sprinkles

PreparationFor cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 10 standard (1/3-cup) muffin cups with paper liners. Combine butter, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate in top of double boiler set over simmering water. Stir until mixture is melted and smooth. Remove from over water. Whisk both sugars into chocolate mixture, then whisk in eggs 1 at a time. Whisk in vanilla, then flour, walnuts, salt, and remaining 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups (about 1/4 cup for each). Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to rack and cool completely.
For frosting:
Put powdered sugar and next 3 ingredients in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat until mixture is smooth, adding whipping cream by teaspoonfuls if frosting is too thick to spread.
Spread frosting in swirls over top of cupcakes. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings or chocolate sprinkles. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Store in single layer in airtight container at room temperature.)


Michal said...

i like to make these to take as treats for an adult. for instance, i make these for my husband to take to the office on his birthday. or last year i took them to park day (playgroup) because it was on my birthday. like you said, these are pretty rich for kids. but nothing's too rich for me!:) at least not if chocolate is involved!

Deborah Gamble said...

"Grown up" cupcakes. Very nice!

Christine said...

You know what I might try nest is sinking a reces cup into them when they are hot!- then frost!

jlyne said...

these look yummy!!!