Sunday, June 29, 2008

Peanut Butter Cupcake

I have a jar of peanut butter that has been sitting on the shelf for some time. It used to be the spread for my son's breakfast but since i pick up baking, I have stopped buying the plain white bread. And he has been happily (I hope) savouring mummy's cupcakes, breads and muffins since!

In order to avert the fate of it landing in the bin, I have been looking for a trusted recipe that I can use up the peanut butter. I found one but the comments from the fellow bakers was not very encouraging sooooo in the end, i baked a plain cupcake and used the peanut butter in the frosting.

RECIPE - Cupcake
1 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup granulated sugar (I used castor sugar)
1/4 cup butter (~55g)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 egg whites
2/3 cup plain yogurt

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C). Line 10 muffin cups with foil or paper liners.
2. In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the sugar, butter and vanilla on high speed for about 2 minutes, or until well mixed. Add the egg whites, one at a time, beating for about a minute after each one. Now add the flour mixture alternately with the yogurt, in about 3 portions each, beating after each addition just until combined, and scraping down the sides to make sure everything is well mixed.
4. Pour batter into the prepared cupcake pan and place in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned on top and a toothpick poked into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool completely on a rack.

Source (cupcake):

RECIPE - Peanut Butter Frosting
1 tsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp golden syrup
90ml evaporated milk
250g crunchy peanut butter

  1. Heat up the golden syrup if it too thick for handling.
  2. Mix cocoa and peanut butter together and whisk in some milk, a little a time until you get the consistency that you want.
  3. This frosting can be spread over the cupcake while it is still hot.

Taste Test:

  • Personally I find the frosting too rich for my likely.
  • After a day or so, the peanut will lose the crunch.

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