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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

How to recreate Starbucks mini peanut butter cupcakes

These mini cupcakes used to be a treat I reserved for those special Starbucks days when I needed a little pick-me-up.  Then recently they stopped selling them!  I went into shock and denial, actually checking back several weeks in a row to see if they had come in and was finally told the weren't coming back.  At loss on how to live life without this little treat, I finally decided to recreate them at home - and you know what?  The result is better!  Because I can make them in mass and not have to pay $1.50 each!  Although I do miss the cute little box.

Check it out -

Mini Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
- 2 cups white wheat flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate
- 1 cup milk

Heat oven to 375, bake mini cupcakes for 15 minutes.  Mix dry ingredients in large bowl, wet ingredients in small bowl.  Combine ingredients from both bowls with high speed mixer for 2-3 minutes.  Always check to see if cupcakes are done by inserting a toothpick, if it comes out clean (meaning the occasional crumb attached) then they are done.

Peanut Butter Icing Recipe
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 - 3 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (I prefer natural)

Blend until smooth, place into frosting decorating bag.  Once cupcakes are cooled, add icing, try to pile it on as high as possible!  The bigger the frosting tip the better!!

1 bag of Reese cups for topping - cut each Reese cup into 4 and place a wedge into the icing of each cupcake.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Goes to show how often I've been able to get to Starbucks lately...I loved those little cupcakes. You rock! Bookmarked and plan to make soon...well as soon as the weather cools enough to have the oven on.