Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cupcakes

I’ve been super busy over Christmas and can’t believe it’s been a week since my last post!  I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas!  I haven’t had time to write anything new so here is a recipe I have been meaning to post for a while now….

Cake Ingredients
115g caster sugar
85g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
60g margarine
55g peanut butter
2 eggs, beaten

Vanilla Buttercream Ingredients
250g icing sugar
75g unsalted butter
4tbs milk
1tsp vanilla extract

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4 and put 12 cupcake cases in a tray.
2. Cream the margarine, peanut butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until fluffy.
3. Gradually add the eggs to the mixture, beating after each addition.
4. Fold in the flour and cocoa powder gently.
5. Share out the mixture evenly into the cases and then bake for around 20 minutes.
6. To make the buttercream cream the butter and then gradually add the icing sugar. I usually use an electric whisk once most of the icing sugar is mixed it to mae the buttercream nice and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract at the end. For ages I’ve used the Nielsen Massey Vanilla Extract which tastes so much better than other vanilla extracts I’ve tried but here I used the Nielsen Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste which I love! It tastes pretty much the same as the vanilla extract but you can see little dots of vanilla in the buttercream which makes it a little different.

I also used my new Vanilla Bean Paste to make some Pecan Tarts from this recipe.  They tasted really good even if they didn’t look perfect!

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