These cupcakes are amazingly moist and soft! The filling tastes just like a Reese’s Cup! If you are a peanut butter and chocolate combo freak, these cupcakes are the perfect solution to ease your cravings! The recipe calls for a ganache frosting but I was in a hurry when I made these, so I just frosted them with regular chocolate frosting and they were still super-awesome! Happy baking…and happy eating!
Peanut-Filled Devil’s Food Cupcakes
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups cake flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee (or if you’re not a coffee fan, just add 1/2 cup water)
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking power; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and coffee just until combined.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
For filling, in a small bowl, beat peanut butter and butter until fluffy. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry bag or plastic bag; instert a small tip. Add filling to bag. Push the tip through the top of the cupcake to fill each cupcake.
For ganache, in a heavy saucepan, melt the chocolate with cream over low heat; stir until smooth. Remove from heat. Cool for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Place a heaping tablespoonful of ganache on top of each cupcake; spread toward the edges. Sprinkle with peanuts. Chill for 20 minutes or until set. Refrigerate leftovers (if there are any!)
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