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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Devils Food Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting



Chocolate. And Peanut Butter. A combination that will never ever ever get old. For this week's Sweet Melissa Sundays recipe, Holly of Phe/mom/enon chose Devil's Food Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting. Yesssss!!! I decided to make cupcakes instead of a full cake and let me just tell you, this new addition to our kitchen REVOLUTIONIZED the cupcake making process. Ok maybe not revolutionized but it made it considerably more efficient.


Dan's mom got us this batter bowl from pampered chef, and it made the pouring-the-batter-into-the-cupcake-pan process much quicker and easier. I used to put the batter into a large zippy bag and then sort of pipe it into the wells, but this new bowl and its little spout eliminated that unnecessary step. I'm totally loving it.

I made the recipe for the devil's food cake exactly as is, except that I used water instead of coffee. I'm a coffee-addict, but some of these cupcakes were piped with pink buttercream and were donated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer so I didn't want to assume everyone would like or want coffee in their treat. For the other cupcakes, I made the Peanut Butter Frosting, but I chose to use chunky peanut butter, and do Karen's variation, just scaled down:

Peanut Butter Frosting ...this made enough to frost 8 cupcakes
1 stick of butter, softened
2 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup natural super chunky peanut butter

Combine the first three ingredients in a mixer with the whisk attachment, mix until smooth. Add the peanut butter.

The cupcakes and the frosting came out delicious. Nice choice, Holly! Be sure to visit Holly's blog, Phe/mom/enon, for the recipe or buy the Sweet Melissa Baking Book. And check out how this recipe came out for the other SMS bakers!



15 comments:

Candy Girl said...

Your cupcakes are beautiful! I love that you used chunky peanut butter (wished I had thought of that!) Great job!

Susan said...

Oooo, love the chunky peanut butter! I think I missed the boat by baking a cake instead of cupcakes! Yours look great!

Katiecakes said...

I bet the chunky peanut butter was amazing in the frosting!

Katie xox

Nina said...

the batter bowl is so awesome! I think that would be so useful, except for the fact that I'm still a perfectionist that likes everything to be even - as much as possible of course.

Mrs. G said...

I love that batter bowl. Chunky peanut butter is my favorite, so I will have to try your version of the frosting.

Flourchild said...

Beautiful and even more Beautiful that you are donating some of them for a Breast cancer cause...personal love for that because my mom had breast cancer years ago. How thoughful of you to do this.
Your frosting looks so wonderful fluffy and good!

pinkstripes said...

Your cupcakes look great and that bowl sounds neat.

lakegirl said...

You cupcakes look wonderful! I will have to check out the Pampered Chef batter bowl. I love Pampered Chef.

Sarah said...

Your cupcakes look great, I love the thick swirl of frosting on top!

apparentlyjessy said...

Yum, the cupcakes look so decadent! I want a mixing bowl like that... no I NEED one!

k.a.r.e.n said...

Wooooo chunky peanut butter -- AWESOME!!! I love your cupcakes!

Karin said...

I bet the little crunch in the frosting was wonderful! Love you cupcakes :)

Jeannette said...

beautiful swirly frosting :)

hannah | honey & jam said...

beautiful! those look delicious.

Donna-FFW said...

Oh they look just splendid. Cant beat this combo!!

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