Easy Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter frosting

Peanut butter is for sandwiches and best eaten with jam or jelly! Right or wrong? Well for many years this statement was right, but my daily journeys through the blogger sphere has proved that statement so wrong.
No longer is peanut butter something you eat only on bread, I have have used it in my Crunchy Noodle Salad, Peanut Butter and Choc Chip Cookies and also with great success in a Satay Salad! I have to admit that my family loves it best in sweet dishes like ……
these Holycraptheseareamazing Cookies which were absolutely delicious,by the way!  These dead Easy Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut butter Frosting were quite a hit too, not only with the family, but I found the peanut butter frosting so creamy and moreish that I had to use all will power not to eat it in the same way I sometimes eat peanut butter – spoonfuls straight from the jar! As for the Easy Chocolate Cupcakes – it is my old trusted recipe that uses only store cupboard ingredients, but a recipe that I have often tweaked to change them into Espresso or Caramel flavor. This time however I stuck to the original recipe for the cupcakes, but the frosting was a new recipe that I got from All Recipes.

Chocolate Cupcakes 
Yields 24

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3 heaped tbsp good quality cocoa
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt

2 cups boiling water
1 cup cooking oil
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180 C. Place cupcake wrappers in 12 muffin pans. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix the wet ingredients in a glass jug and add the the dry ingredients. Mix and spoon into the cupcake wrappers.  Bake for 20 minutes.

Peanut Butter Frosting
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
3 tbsp milk, or as needed
2 cups confectioners’ or icing sugar

Beat butter and peanut butter in an electric mixer. Slowly mix in the sugar, and when it thickens and gets dry, add the milk a little at a time until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable. Beat for at least 3 minutes for it to get good and fluffy.Spread or pip lavishly over the cupcakes. Sprinkle with crushed peanuts!

Peanut Butter is a very good source of Protein, especially on Meatless Monday, which makes these heavenly cupcakes good for you, or not?
Why not try some of my other peanut butter recipes!

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