Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

My daughter's birthday was yesterday, and even though she's grown (21!) and lives 2 hours away, we still celebrated her birthday without her. :)  My son picked the flavor--peanut butter (he's a peanut butter cup fanatic), and it was fitting to top it with chocolate frosting.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Frosting
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place 21 paper baking cups in cupcake pans. Place cake mix, water, peanut butter, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla in bowl of a stand mixer (or mixing bowl). Beat with mixer on low for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl with spatula. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat an additional 2 minutes, scraping down sides as needed. Divide batter equally between baking cups and place in the oven.

Bake 18-20 minutes, or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Cool completely. Frost with chocolate frosting.