Day 344 – PB&J Cupcakes

10 Jul

Peanut Butter & Jelly.  A classic combination really.  Maybe a bit back-to-school.  But, can’t we enjoy then all year long?  I thought so!  PB&J Cupcakes (recipe below from Food Fanatic).

PB-Cupcake     Mini-PB-Cupcake

The cupcakes are very dense and crumbly, but not dry. They have the same chewiness as a really, really thick peanut butter cookie. They have a very strong peanut butter flavor. Not too sweet, not too salty.

PB-Frosting

The frosting is smooth and extremely soft. Not thick and hard like some peanut butter frosting can be. It has a sweet flavor. Not overly strong on sweetness or peanut butter, especially compared to the cupcake.

PBJ-Cupcake     Mini-PBJ-Cupcake

This is a throwback to childhood for sure. The cupcake stands up in texture, like the bread. You can the jelly from the preserves and the soft peanut butter from the frosting. All together, just like eating a (really good) PB & J.

PBJ-top

Notes: The original baker drizzled her jelly on. It was much prettier than mine. Mine had seeds and didn’t feel like cooperating at all in the drizzling process. I also used raspberry instead of strawberry. Cause I like it. And cause it’s what I had in my house.

PBJ-halved2

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 18.5

PBJ-halved

RECIPE

PB&J Cupcakes (recipe from Food Fanatic)

Peanut Butter Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond milk, plus 2 tablespoons – or milk (cow, soy, nut) of your choice
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry preserves, or any jam, jelly or preserves of your choice
Peanut Butter Frosting:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • sprinkles
  • strawberry preserves, or jam, jelly, or preserves of your choice to drizzle (optional)
For directions visit Food Fanatic.

*Tomorrow: Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream*

One Response to “Day 344 – PB&J Cupcakes”

  1. alexandracharlottepullen July 10, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Yum!

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