Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Decadence

27 Dec

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What screams happiness other than two of the best decadent treats mashed together? You know what I’m talking about. Peanut butter and chocolate, baby. Oh yes.

I was really looking to create something… mouthwatering. So basically, I crammed the most chocolate and peanut butter as I possibly could into a single cupcake. Chocolate Ganache Core + Chocolate Cupcake + Peanut Butter Frosting + Chocolate Ganache Drizzle = Happiness x Indulgence.

So, you ask, “How on earth can I make this!?”. The answer my friends, is delightfully simple. I’ll share my incredibly-yum and pipe-able peanut butter frosting and the absolutely delicious and easy Chocolate Ganache.

 

Chocolate Ganache

 

Ingredients:

– 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

– 1 cup heavy whipping cream

(Yup – that really is it)

Instructions:

1. Place a glass bowl or Pyrex wet measure in a sauce pan. Fill sauce pan about 1-2 inches of water and put on a low-medium heat.

2. Pour two ingredients into glass bowl and stir continuously until mixture is fully melted, shiny and no bumps. Turn off stove top and remove glass bowl.

 

Peanut Butter Frosting

 

Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup butter

– 1 cup smooth peanut butter

– 2 1/2 cups icing sugar

– 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream

Instructions:

1. With a stand mixer, cream butter and peanut butter together.

2. Gradually add in icing sugar and beat on high. Make sure to scrape sides often.

3. Add heavy whipping cream and mix in.

 

 

ULTIMATE PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE GANACHE CUPCAKES 🙂

Ingredients:

– 24 cooled chocolate cupcakes (sorry folks, my recipe is from a book so I can’t post it here. However, I strongly recommend picking up of Buddy Valastro’s first book, Cake Boss)

–  1 recipe Chocolate Ganache

– 1 recipe Peanut Butter Frosting

Special Tools:

– Cupcake Corer (I recommend the one by Cuisipro)

– Small squeeze bottle

– Piping bag with star tip

Instructions:

1. Using the corer, twist gently into cupcakes and twist to pull up. Remove core and repeat on all cupcakes.

2. Warm chocolate ganache in microwave and pour into squeeze bottle. Squeeze ganache into centers of cupcakes.

3. Pipe peanut butter frosting on all cupcakes using star tip.

4. Create a star pattern with left over ganache on cupcakes using squeeze bottle (see the photos for example)

5. ENJOY 😀

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