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Baking Is Science For Hungry People: Birthday Cupcakes

Hello All,

Another friend at work had a birthday, so I decided to make her some cupcakes. I had some leftover Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting, so I decided to whip up a batch of Bittersweet Chocolate Buttercream Frosting  and use a basic Vanilla Cupcake (recipe below) to host them both.

Birthday Cupcakes!

So to make these yummy treats, I started with creaming 1 cup of unsalted butter with 1 cup sugar until fluffy. Gradually add in 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tspn baking powder, 1/4 tspn salt, 2 tspn vanilla and 3/4 cup skim milk.

Vanilla Cupcake Batter!

Once your batter is completed, pour it into cupcake liners and bake for 18 minutes at 350. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the bakeware. Set in the refrigerator overnight or for 4 hours for best effect. Once they are fully cooled, frost with your frosting, top with a bittersweet chocolate chip or a salted peanut or a piece of Andes Mint or an M&M candy.

Vanilla Cupcake with PB Buttercream!

Vanilla Cupcake with Bittersweet Chocolate Buttercream!

Basically, have fun with toppings and frosting combinations! You can make  some great combinations and make it look beautiful as well, so play with frosting colors too! Enjoy!

Craft You Later,
Beth

Baking Is Science For Hungry People: Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

Hello Baking Fiends!

I had shared a Chocolate Cupcake recipe earlier this week, and while I had served some of them without frosting of any kind, I had also made a Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting for them that. Was. HEAVEN. Not to brag, but I literally was sitting there with the wooden spoon after I’d bagged the frosting, and just licking the spoon clean – I refused to let any of that yummyness go to waste! Have no fear, I didn’t lick until after it was all done… that would just be gross (but delicious still)…!

Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting!

So, for the frosting, here is what you’ll do:

Cream 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter in a stand mixer until incredibly creamy but a bit sticky.

Add in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter.

Cream the pb+butter mixture until very thick and, well, creamy.

Gradually add in about 2 1/2 cups of powdered/confectioner’s sugar and continue beating on low-medium until well combined.

Frost to enjoy to maximum deliciousness!

Frost your cake, cupcakes, graham crackers, vanilla wafers, or wooden spoon — and enjoy! 😉

Charlotte Beer Babe leader enjoying a snack!

Witness, Charlotte Beer Babe leader Tracie enjoying a Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting at a recent Charlotte Beer Babes event! 🙂

Let me know how you like this frosting, would love to hear feedback from y’all, as always!

Craft You Later,
Beth

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