Last week I posted a recipe for an Italian Cream Cake. I had an order for a cake and cupcakes for a baby shower and part of the cake was made from Italian Cream Cake. For the cupcakes the mother-to-be requested red velvet cupcakes and Peanut Butter Cupcakes. Normally when I make Peanut Butter Cupcakes I do a chocolate buttercream icing but the icing for these cupcakes the icing needed to be pink to match the cake so I did a White Chocolate Buttercream Icing and tinted it pink.
Peanut Butter Cupcakes
1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
3 Large Eggs
Water (amount will vary depending on brand of cake mix)
Oil (amount will vary depending on brand of cake mix)
3/4 cup Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy, whichever you prefer)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Using my Kitchen Aid stand mixer I crack open the eggs first, add them to the bowl and set the mixer on a medium speed. I usually allow the eggs to beat for a couple of minutes while I measure out the rest of my ingredients. Add the vanilla extract, cake mix, water, and oil. Mix well. Then add the peanut butter and mix well.
Spoon the mixture into lined muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. (Times may vary depending on your particular oven)
White Chocolate Buttercream Icing
18 ounces (3 6 ounce pkgs) white baking chocolate coarsely chopped
1/4 cup milk
1 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 cup butter or margarine
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup milk
1. Microwave chocolate with 1/4 cup milk in microwavable bowl on Medium-high for 1-2 minutes; stir chocolate halfway during cooking time. Do not overheat. Chocolate will continue to melt while being stirred.
2. Cream butter and shortening with electric mixer. Add vanilla.
3. Gradually add sugar, one cup at time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.
4. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry.
5. Add milk and beat at medium, speed until light and fluffy.
6. Beat in chocolate.
I then added pink icing coloring to tint the icing to match the cake and then piped it onto the cupcakes.