Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Nothing to Snicker at...

    I kid you not, these cupcakes are to die for! Chocolate and peanut butter paired with peanuts and caramel ~ can there be a more perfect flavour combination? I think not.  Judging by how quickly they disappeared at my niece's going away party I think many agree.
     Since Sunday I have made 4 dozen of these epicurean delights, and aside from the few I stashed in the freezer for their own safety, they are all gone. Quite literally in the blink of an eye.  Whip up a batch and you'll soon see what I mean! 
     Be warned... I'll bet you can't eat just one!


Cupcake Ingredients:
1 box devil's food cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup buttermilk (mix 1 tbsp vinegar with 1 cup milk, stir and let sit for 5 min.)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with decorative cupcake liners
  • Sift cake mix into a small bowl and set aside
  • In a large bowl, combine all other cake ingredients and beat until smooth (about 2 minutes)
  • Stir in cake mix
  • Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 17-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean
  • Allow cupcakes to cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing
  • Cool completely before frosting

Frosting Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp milk

*You will also need chopped peanuts, caramel sauce and sliced Snickers pieces to garnish. 
  • In a large bowl beat butter and peanut butter until creamy and well blended, scraping down sides of bowl as needed
  • Add vanilla and 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix on low speed until incorporated
  • Continue to add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, to reach the right consistency
  • Add 1 tbsp of milk and mix until light and fluffy (if needed, add more milk to get the proper consistency, not too thick or too thin)
  • Increase mixer speed to medium high and whip about one minute until frosting becomes fluffy
  • Fill a piping bag and pipe onto cooled cupcakes
  • Top with chopped peanuts, caramel sauce and coarsely chopped Snickers bars

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