Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Yellow Cupcakes with the BEST Peanut Butter Frosting

On the Saturday before Memorial Day the cub scouts went to a flag ceremony at a local cemetery and then placed flags on the graves of veterans. We love going to this event.

I actually had Memorial Day off this year. We went to my Aunt's house in the morning for lunch and a game of "Amazing Race". My Aunt is so creative. We were in teams and had to complete challenges. It was super fun except for the fact that it was about 87 degrees and super humid. My little son and I came in 3rd. My older son was a helper at one of the stations.

I made yellow cupcakes for the party with the BEST peanut butter frosting and just for added decadence a dollop of ganache. This frosting is so wonderful. Light and fluffy and not greasy and does not taste like shortening. I've tried several recipes and love this one.

I used a box mix to keep things simple since I had a ton of things to do on Saturday and Sunday plus I worked both nights. (that is a good excuse right?)

Here is the recipe for the frosting (from:

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup creamy, peanut butter
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons heavy cream

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and peanut butter until smooth. Gradually add the vanilla, powdered sugar. Add the cream, one tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency. Beat at least 3 minutes until it is light and fluffy! Frost your cupcakes when they are completely cooled.

I topped the frosting with a semi-sweet ganache. Chocolate chips and heavy cream.


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