Cupcakes For Any Occasion

I found myself on an emotional roller coaster this last weekend.

Ok, that’s a little dramatic.

Ok fine, that’s ridiculously overdramatizing things. Thanks for calling me out.

I found myself feeling moments of cheer and moments of sadness.

There. That’s more accurate.

The peanut butter filling. It's mostly peanut butter and powdered sugar. And really does taste like the inside of a reese's. I should know. After rolling an entire pan of balls out (balls!) and throwing them into the freezer to harden, I kept sneaking them. Which means we ended up with two cupcakes without the peanut butter center. Whoops.

On Saturday I attended a house party. I love house parties. Because usually I know quite a few of the people. I save money. And inevitably, the roommate and I will get control of the music and make poor song choices the rest of the night.

Party rockin’ in the hoooouuuusssseee tonight…

I poured in the batter (it was super thin) and my roommate plopped the peanut butter middle in. Go team!

But this wasn’t the most cheerful reason to have a party. It was a going-away party for one of my favorites. A college friend. A close confidant. A running buddy. A champagne brunch kid. A shoulder to cry on when I’m sad and one to punch when he pisses me off (don’t worry- I’m much too weak to do any harm).

His decision to move back to the area where he grew up was not a popular one in our group of friends. We all used the words “stupid” and “big mistake”. But that was mostly out of selfishness and we know he wants to end up there and we’ll have to support that decision if we like it or not.

Perfection! I suggest, if you do the toothpick trick to test for doneness, poke the side. Otherwise, you just get peanut butter all over your toothpick. Not that I would have done that, or anything.

Whatever. He’ll be back.

And then there’s the flip side.

Another guy friend, also a college friend and champagne brunch participant, was celebrating his birthday over the weekend and at the same party.

Buttttteeerrrrrrrr! When making buttercream from scratch, it's very important to whip the butter before adding anything else. Makes it a little lighter. Also, I cut mine with a little bit of milk (skim, because that's what I have around). Makes it a wee bit healthier (possibly a stretch of my imagination) and easier to work with.

And I love me some birthday celebrations.

Birthdays are your one special day. Or your one special week. Or, in my case, my one special month… 

And they should be reason enough for a big celebration. And what’s a celebration without cake? I don’t let that happen. Because I want you to know, as my friend, how important you are to me. And for some reason or another, I tend to think the only way to convey this message is through buttercream or chocolate. Or both if you’re lucky. ;)

Never skimp on the icing. NEVER. Also, invest in some decent food coloring. Wilton makes the BEST dye for bold and bright colors.

So I was browsing the interwebz one day, I ran across these from Love in the Oven. My instant reaction was a double take and “say what now?!?!”

Chocolate. Peanut butter. Buttercream.

My roommate felt the same way. We rolled up our sleeves and got to work.

I switched out the chocolate cake recipe for one from the Hershey’s website I had used before. This was done because it’s good cake and I also didn’t have the sour cream needed for the original recipe. It’s all about working with what you’ve got, ya know?

Also, we went with plain vanilla buttercream. Just in case other people weren’t as nuts about peanut butter confections as we are. So considerate, right?

Done and done and done.

Cut the tip off of a ziploc bag. Throw in a big scoop of your two colors. Pipe on like you normally would.
Word to the wise- pipe colors that would look ok if they mix a little. It's going to happen as you're squeezing the bag.

Sure, cupcakes may be an odd thing to tote along to a keg party. And birthday candles are a weird thing to have handy in your purse.

But when have you ever known me to be completely normal?

I am so sorry for really sucking at not cutting through it very well. But you get the point. Chocolate cupcake. Peanut butter filling. Plenty of icing. Perfection.

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28 Responses

  1. This frosting is amazing looking. I love it- you impress me again with your awesome baking skills!

  2. Damn girl, nice frosting skills! They look good, even if they are filled with peanut butter. You know how I feel about peanut butter.

  3. Holy cups of cake, woman! I made cupcakes this weekend as well, but I can tell you my chocolate frosting was brown and boring and not 1/100th as fancy as that swirly gig you have going on. I am very impressed…

  4. You are cordially invited to come help me celebrate my birthday next month. Feel free to bring peanut butter stuffed cupcakes.

  5. We talked about this, I’m really sorry your friend is moving away. I know you’ll miss the heck out of such a great friend! As for the cupcakes, these look amazingly delicious! Tony wanted to know how you did the swirl…now I have to make cupcakes with a swirl!

  6. OMG. those look amazing. My sister and I made lemon cupcakes with blackberry frosting and lemon curd filling. that too was to die for. Cupcakes are the world’s most perfect food.

  7. I LOVE the look of the frosting!!

  8. Have I given you my address yet? Because I would like you to send me these. Please and thank you.

  9. Those look amazing. The frosting is so pretty!!
    Pretty sure now I’m going straight home and eating that final cupcake that’s sitting on my counter.

  10. Peanut butter filled chocolate cupcakes are pretty much my reason for living. Seriously, I bow down – you are the freaking baking QUEEN. I can’t making frosting like that. I’ve tried. It usually turns out brown and lumpy. I’m frosting-challenged.

  11. Hershey’s perfect chocolate cake is my go-to chocolate cake recipe – so darn good!
    And I love the mixed frosting – genius!

  12. I can vouch for the fact that these were freakin’ incredible. I would not argue if you ever feel the need to bake and off-load more of those on me. :) Also, I’m starting to think that every party needs cupcakes.

  13. DAYUM. Those cupcakes look awesome and I kinda want one (and you know I am about peanut butter). Love the blue and green icing.

  14. I’ll just take the bowl of frosting. Thank you.

  15. Sweet frosting skills, yo. You can ice my cupcakes anytime.

    In a nonsexual way, cause that sounded weird haha.

  16. These are so fancy!! We have to sell them in our shop… that we will open… someday.

  17. Wowwww you have some serious skillzzz woman :) Seriously, these look gorgeous!

  18. Can we bake when you come visit? Meaning you can bake and I’ll provide wine? I’ll dollop the filling in fo sho.

  19. WOAH!!!!!!! Those look AMAZING!!!!!! And I’m sure they taste awesome too!!!!

  20. Holy crap – that frosting trick is pretty cool! I never bake. I do however accepted baked goods as gifts!

  21. Wow, these cupcakes look fantastic! I love the little peanut butter center! Have to make these! :)

  22. wow those are some masterpiece-esque cupcakes there lady!! VERY impressive :)

    I havent been to a GOOD college since undergrad..how I miss those days. sigh.

  23. Oh my goodness. I have no words for how incredibly delicious those look!!

  24. I’m not sure if I could enjoy cupcakes with beer. I think I’d have to go for the beer (no surprise), but if it were my birthday, I’d still be super happy someone made them for me. What a pal.

  25. I hate it when friends move. Hate it. But I think cupcakes can make a lot of things better. Thank you for sharing with me! I hope you are having a great day.

  26. The frosting is beautiful!

  27. […] has been one nutty weekend after another up in here. Races. Holidays. Parties. […]

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