Day 88 – Puppy Chow Cupcakes

27 Oct

Were you lucky enough to have puppy chow when you were growing up?  I was!!  The cereal covered in peanut butter covered in chocolate tossed in powdered sugar.  So bad and so good all at the same time!!  So there was NO way I could resist Puppy Chow Cupcakes (recipe below from The Dormestic Goddess).  No.  Way.

Cupcake     Mini-cupcake

The cupcake is dense and crumbly, but not dry. The full-size is moist, the mini isn’t as much.  It has a rich chocolate flavor.

Frosting-close-up

The frosting got a little thinner when I added the butter, but I beat on high for an extra minute or so at the end and it thickened enough to pipe.  The frosting tastes a lot like puppy chow – the flavor really incorporates well. I would leave the lemon juice out though. It gives it a weird tartness that you don’t really need.

Frosted-Cupcake     Mini-Frosted-Cupcake

The lemon in the frosting throws off the whole combination. I would definitely make these again without lemon juice. My guess is that they’d be pretty stellar!

Notes: I would definitely recommend using the “additional” chocolate. I know typical egg white frosting has lemon juice in it, but I would definitely omit it when adding it to chocolate and peanut butter. The flavors really don’t mesh well.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 3 (the tartness of the frosting makes it a little strange)
  • Appearance: 3 (the frosting isn’t terribly appealing visually. The garnish is cuter)
  • Ease of Making: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 17

RECIPE

Puppy Chow Cupcakes (recipe from The Dormestic Goddess)

Puppy chow
1 box Crispix cereal
2 cups (1 bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 TBSP unsalted butter
4 cups (1 pound) powdered sugar
Cocoa-Buttermilk Cupcakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled (optional)
Puppy Chow Buttercream
1 cup sugar
4 large egg whites
3 sticks (1 ½ cups) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup fresh lemon juice (freshly squeezed preferred, but bottled will work)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups pulverized puppy chow (I used my food processor to do the pulverizing)
For directions visit The Dormestic Goddess.
*Tomorrow: Black Lagoon Cupcakes*

4 Responses to “Day 88 – Puppy Chow Cupcakes”

  1. tastytreats13 October 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Yum! Sounds delicious!

  2. lauriepieper October 29, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Love puppy chow! Want to try these!

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