Chocolate Chip Mint Cupcakes

These Chocolate Chip Mint Cupcakes are so simple to make yet are packed full of flavor with a moist chocolate cake topped with a whipped mint buttercream.  So good!

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You may remember the Mint Chocolate Chip Cake I made for my friend Chasity’s birthday back in 2013.  Layers of chocolate cake filled and covered in chocolate chip mint buttercream and covered in chocolate ganache.  It was one of Chasity’s favorite flavor combinations and was SO GOOD.

When Chasity left Germany in July, I told her I’d bake for her one last time.  She chose the mint chocolate chip cake and s’mores cupcakes.  Since I wasn’t trying to make that giant layer cake again, I decided to turn the cake into cupcakes!

(PS… You need to see the S’mores Cupcakes I made here.  Chocolate cake filled with graham cracker and topped with marshmallow frosting.  I DIE!!)

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These Chocolate Chip Mint Cupcakes are super easy to make and are completely worth the effort.  The cake is my basic chocolate recipe, minus the espresso powder.  I didn’t want any mocha flavor to come though in the cake.

The frosting is whipped to light and fluffy perfection and is filled with chunks of high quality chocolate and tinted a minty green color.

Chunks of high quality chocolate top the entire cupcake.  I used Lindt 50% bittersweet chocolate in the frosting and the garnish.  Lindt is my favorite chocolate to use in baking!  I blame living in Germany for that though.  It’s EVERYWHERE here!

Chasity loved these cupcakes and I was so super happy to make them for her!

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Mint Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 12 cupcakes
Ingredients
Chocolate Cupcakes
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
Whipped Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp mint or peppermint extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup finely chopped high quality chocolate
  • green gel food coloring
  • 12 chocolate chunks, for garnish
Instructions
Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Whipped Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  2. Add half the powdered sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  3. Mix in the extract and half the whipping cream and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl.
  4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and pinch of salt then mix until smooth.
  5. Add the rest of the heavy cream until you reach your desired consistency. Beat on high speed for at least 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  6. Add a drop or two of the green gel food coloring and beat until completely incorporated.
  7. Add the finely chopped chocolate and beat until combined.
Assembly and Storage
  1. Using a Wilton 1M piping tip fitted on a disposable bag, pipe a large swirl of frosting on to each cupcake.
  2. Garnish with a chunk of chocolate.
  3. Store in an air tight container for up to a week.

S’mores Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cake filled with graham cracker crumble topped with whipped marshmallow frosting, Hershey’s chocolate and a dusting of graham cracker crumbs make these the most epic S’mores Cupcakes you’ll ever have!

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It’s been almost two years since my neighbor (and now best friend!) Chasity enjoyed my cupcakes for the first time.  Two summers ago, she had an end-of-the summer BBQ in her back yard and we roasted marshmallows for s’mores.  It had been forever since I had s’mores and it inspired me to make cupcakes…  S’mores Cupcakes!

I brought those cupcakes to Chasity and they instantly became her favorite!  She still talks about them to this day!!  So, when it was time for Chasity to leave Germany and move back to the USA, she requested I make them again for her!

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This time though, I wanted to make them a little fancier.  The first round were delicious, but they weren’t as “pretty” as I like to make my cupcakes.  I love a gorgeous swirl of frosting on top of the cupcake and I love using liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique.  So, that’s exactly what I did with these cupcakes. I just think they turned out absolutely beautiful!  Well… as beautiful as a cupcake can be!! hehe

Instead of having a graham cracker crust and a cracker on top, I decided to fill the cupcake with the same mixture that I’d use if I were making a graham cracker crust.  I packed that filling in tight so when you took a bite, the filling would be firm like a pie crust.

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The frosting is a marshmallow frosting and a s’mores cupcake wouldn’t be complete with a Hershey’s chocolate!  So, I topped each cupcake with a chunk of that delicious Hershey’s milk chocolate and a dusting of graham cracker.

Perfect!  And… Chasity loved them! :)

One of the hardest parts of military life is saying goodbye to those friends you’ve become so close with.  So close, they’re family.  Chasity… I love you and I am so thankful for the friendship we shared!  I couldn’t have had a better neighbor, friend and now sister! <3  Good luck to you in the USA and you will be missed every day!

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S’mores Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 12 cupcakes
Ingredients
Chocolate Cupcake
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup brewed coffee
  • ½ Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
Graham Cracker Filling
  • ¾ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp sugar
Marshmallow Frosting
  • 1 7oz jar marshmallow fluff/creme
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp heavy cream/milk
Garnish
  • 1 bar Hershey's chocolate
  • Reserved graham cracker crumbs
Instructions
Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Graham Cracker Filling
  1. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Mix together until completely incorporated.
  2. Reserve ¼ cup for garnish.
Marshmallow Frosting
  1. Cream together the butter and marshmallow fluff.
  2. Add the sugar, vanilla and salt and mix on high until combined.
  3. Add enough cream until you get your desired consistency.
  4. Beat on high for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Assembly & Garnish
  1. Using an apple corer, remove the center of each cupcake.
  2. Fill each cupcake with the graham cracker filling. Pack the filling tightly into each cupcake by pressing down and adding more until the filling reaches the top.
  3. Using a Wilton 1M tip fitted on a piping bag, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  4. Place ½ a square of chocolate onto the top of the frosting.
  5. Sprinkle reserved graham cracker filling onto the frosting.
  6. Keep stored in an air tight container up to a week.

Black Forest Cupcakes

Made with an authentic recipe & German ingredients, these Black Forest Cupcakes are a delicious alternative to the traditional Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte or Black Forest Cake of Germany!

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You can’t be in Germany without eating Black Forest Cake at least once, if not dozens of times. For almost 100 years, this cake has been a favorite of Germans and chocolate & cherry lovers around the world.

The cake gets it’s name from the region it was created in, the Black Forest and features one of the areas biggest crops. Cherries! The Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte or Black Forest Cake is made with layers of chocolate cake filled with cherries soaked in a cherry brandy (Kirschwasser) and fresh whipped cream topped with cherries and chocolate shavings.

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There is a mandate in Germany that states that if Kirschwasser is not used in this cake, it can not be called a Black Forest Cake. In fact, most people who make Black Forest Cakes or cupcakes in the United States aren’t actually making an authentic BFC. In the USA, a basic chocolate cake, canned cherry filling and whipped cream or buttercream frosting are typically used but are a poor substitute for what should really be in a Black Forest Cake.

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The chocolate cake in an authentic Black Forest Cake is made with egg whites, very little chocolate and no butter.   It’s not overly sweet, yet still rich, moist and full of flavor.  The filling begins with sour cherries from the Black Forest region of Germany that have been soaked in a clear cherry brandy called Kirschwasser.  And finally, the whipped cream is light, not too sweet and is garnished with chocolate shavings and a cherry.

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A traditional cake is made in layers, but since I was transforming this recipe into a cupcake, I decided layers might not be so easy.  To assemble these cupcakes, I cored the center of each cupcake with a small serrated knife (1).  I then filled each hole in the cupcakes with the Kirschwasser soaked cherries until they were overflowing (2).  Fresh whipped cream was piped onto the top of each cupcake then then rimmed with chocolate shavings (3).  Finally, a fresh, locally grown cherry was placed on top of the whipped cream (4).

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I shared these cupcakes with my next door neighbor is who German and she said they were her favorite dessert I’ve shared with her so far.  And I’ve shared a lot of things!  She said the flavor and texture were exactly how they were supposed to be… not overly sweet, full of that authentic Kirshwasser and cherry flavor.  Yay! If I could impress my German friend with these, I know they’re a winner!

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A note about the ingredients:  The only ingredients that may be hard to find are the sour cherries and Kirshwasser.  If you can’t find any of the clear liquor at your local store, try substituting a clear cherry brandy instead.  They key here is to use a clear, cherry flavored liquor to soak the cherries in.  As for the cherries themselves, DO NOT use cherry pie filling.  Try finding sour cherries that are sold in a jar in cherry juice.  You don’t want filling or any of the canned cherry pie goup on your cherries.  These are two of the biggest mistakes made when Americans replicate this recipe.

With that being said, these cupcakes are OUT OF THIS WORLD amazing and I really hope you try them!

Happy Baking!

Black Forest Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 2 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 8 medium egg whites
  • 200g super fine sugar
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 200g all-purpose flour (minus 3 Tbsp)
  • 3 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 8 medium egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp Kirschwasser
Filling
  • 680g jar of sour cherries in juice, divided
  • ⅓ cup cherry juice from the jar
  • 3 Tbsp corn starch
  • 45g super fine sugar
  • ¼ cup Kirschwasser
Topping
  • 800ml heavy whipping cream, very cold
  • 1 packet powder gelatin
  • 3 Tbsp cold water
  • 40g powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Kirschwasser
  • 1 cup chocolate shavings
  • 24 fresh cherries
  • Disposable piping bag fitted with a large closed star tip
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, measure out 200g of flour. Remove 3 Tablespoons of flour and replace with 3 Tablespoons of the cocoa powder. Add the baking powder. Sift all three ingredients together two times. Set aside.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks together with the Kirschwasser. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites on medium-high speed until it begins to foam. Add the cream of tartar and continue whipping.
  5. One Tablespoon at a time, add the sugar, mixing for 10-15 seconds between each addition.
  6. Continue to whip the eggs until glossy and stiff peaks have formed.
  7. Gently add the egg yolks and flour mixture to the whipped egg whites. Fold until combined but do not overmix and deflate the batter.
  8. Fill cupcake liners at least ¾ full. The cupcakes will puff up nicely, but will slightly deflate with cooled, so you want to make sure you get them pretty full with batter.
  9. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Allow cupcakes to cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Cupcakes will feel very light and be fragile... handle with care!
Filling
  1. Drain the juice from the cherries into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk together ⅓ cup of the cherry juice from the jar and the sugar in a large pan and bring to a gentle simmer.
  3. Add the corn starch and whisk until combined.
  4. Add the cherries and bring to a boil, gently stirring. Remove from the heat as soon as it begins to boil and thicken.
  5. Stir gently a few times to coat all the cherries. Pour in the Kirschwasser and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to come to room temperature and thicken.
Topping
  1. In a small sauce pan, whisk together the gelatin packet and cold water and let sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, heat pan on low and whisk until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the cold heavy cream. Begin to whip the cream on medium high speed. NOTE: You may need a splash guard because the cream will get EVERYWHERE if you whip too fast!
  3. Once the cream begins to get fluffy, slowly add powdered sugar. Mix in the kirschwasser and gelatin.
  4. Whip the cream until stiff then fill the piping bag with the whipped cream.
Assembly
  1. Core the center of each cupcake using a knife with a serrated edge.
  2. Fill the hole generously with the cherry filling. It's okay if it comes out the top!
  3. Pipe a single swirl onto the cupcake. Sprinkle chocolate shavings onto the edges of the swirl. Pipe one large, round dollop of frosting on top of that first swirl.
  4. Garnish with a fresh cherry.
  5. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve! They will stay fresh for 2 days!
Notes
Recipe slightly adapted from Bavarian Kitchen .

Easy Samoa Cupcakes

Impress your friends with these super easy Samoa Cupcakes!  Made with my tried and true chocolate cake recipe, these cupcakes are topped with a brown sugar frosting, toasted coconut, chocolate drizzle and a Samoa Cookie!

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This past Saturday, my neighbor Doris invited me and the kids over for a BBQ to help the time pass before my husband comes home from Afghanistan.  It was a last minute invite, seeing it was already 4:30pm and I was in my sweat pants with no make-up on so I hesitated at first about coming over.  I mean… it’s one thing to be in sweats in front of my neighbor, but in mixed company… I wasn’t too sure.

After a little convincing, I decided I’d toss the kids over the fence and join the neighbors, their kids and another family for a BBQ dinner.

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My mom taught that when someone invites you for dinner, you bring something to the table.  You don’t come empty handed.   So, I ran into the kitchen and did a quick inventory of what I had on hand to make.  I always have supplies for cupcakes, but what could I throw together that would have that “WOW” factor?

I still had a few boxes of Girl Scout Samoa cookies left, so I decided I’d do a play on those for the cupcakes.

I started with my favorite chocolate cake recipe for the cupcakes.  Then, I topped the cupcakes with a brown sugar frosting.  I didn’t have any caramel, so I wanted to incorporate the flavor of caramel into the frosting… brown sugar was the easiest way to do that.

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While the cupcakes were cooling, I toasted some sweetened coconut and pulled the Hershey’s chocolate syrup out of the fridge to come to room temperate.  I halved a few Samoa cookies and I was ready to put it all together.

On top of the swirl of brown sugar frosting, I sprinkled a generous amount of toasted coconut.  Then, drizzled the chocolate sauce over the coconut and garnished the entire cupcake with half a Samoa Cookie.

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Easy Samoa Cupcakes! The entire process took less than two hours… most of which was spent waiting for the cupcakes to cool enough so the frosting wouldn’t melt!

Happy Baking!

Easy Samoa Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 1 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • Use THIS RECIPE for the chocolate cupcakes
  • NOTE: For this recipe I used a caramel flavored brewed coffee
Frosting
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
Garnish
  • ½ cup toasted coconut
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Samoa cookies, halved
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Make cupcakes according to the directions in THIS RECIPE
Frosting
  1. Cream the butter and brown sugar together until smooth - about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
  3. Add the cream/milk and beat until smooth, light and fluffy. Add more milk if you desire a looser consistency.
Assembly
  1. Using a Wilton 1M piping tip, pipe a swirl of frosting on to each cupcake.
  2. Sprinkle toasted coconut on top then drizzle chocolate sauce over.
  3. Garnish each cupcake with ½ a Girl Scout Samoa Cookie.

The Only Chocolate Cupcake Recipe You’ll Ever Need!

Your search is over.  You don’t have to look on Pinterest or Google anymore… because yes, you’ve finally found it.  The only chocolate cupcake recipe you’ll ever need!

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You might be thinking that is an awfully bold statement.  But let me assure you… this recipe isn’t all talk… it’s ALL FLAVOR!  Rich chocolate cake highlighted by the subtle undertones of espresso topped with the lightest, fluffiest chocolate buttercream you’ll ever taste.

You’ll  never need another chocolate cake recipe ever again… because trust me… this one is not only simple to make, but out of this world delicious!

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If you can’t take my word for it… ask Lucy.  She helped decorate these cupcakes and she loved them! (PS… Her Mommy and baby sister loved them too!)

Enjoy!

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The Only Chocolate Cupcake Recipe You’ll Ever Need!
 
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Serves: 1 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Chocolate Cupcakes
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup brewed coffee
  • ½ Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
Whipped Chocolate Buttercream
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • pinch of salt
  • rainbow nonpareils- for garnish
Instructions
Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Whipped Chocolate Buttercream.
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, whip the butter until smooth.
  2. Add the dark chocolate cocoa powder and mix on medium-high until combined.
  3. Add the sugar and salt and mix until incorporated. The frosting will be very thick.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract and heavy whipping cream and mix until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again for 20 seconds.
  5. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes, scrape the sides of the bowl and beat again for 1 more minute.
Assembly
  1. Using a Wilton 1M tip on a piping bag, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  2. Top with rainbow nonpareils for garnish.

Dark Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

I’m super excited to share these Dark Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with you today!  Why, you may be asking?? Well… it’s because these cupcakes are a part of a guest post I wrote for Christi at Love from the Oven.

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These cupcakes are a dark chocolate cake with banana chunks running through the cake… making it so moist.  The frosting is a dark chocolate frosting and instead of milk or cream, I use banana to moisten it.

Chocolate + Banana = YUM!

Make sure you check out the recipe and my entire guest post over at Love From the Oven!  Oh… and while you’re there, make sure to check out all the rest of the amazing treats that Christi comes up with!  She’s one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to blogging!

Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

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Decadent chocolate cake, creamy peanut butter frosting and amazingly good peanut butter Oreos make these cupcakes out-of-this-world delicious!

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So my husbands unit is deploying.   *sigh*  I know.  I don’t like saying it.  I can’t really even say it out loud… typing it is just as hard.  It will be our third deployment together… but the first in Germany and the first with a new baby.  Most of the friends I made here have moved away to new duty stations… so I find myself stuck, alone… with out a support system in place to get me though.

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And so yesterday at his Troops pre-deployment BBQ, I thought maybe I could meet a few spouses and make some new friends.  I also thought I might be able to win them over with cupcakes.   Cupcakes + Army Wives + Army Brats + Soldiers = FUN!

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The single soldiers manned the grill, drank beer and played football.  The babies stole the balls from the single soldiers and ran around with them- the dad’s chased after.   The big kids played with the parachute and on the playground and the Mom’s relaxed and chatted with new and old friends.  It was a fun afternoon!

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Oh… and there were cupcakes! 5 dozen mini Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes to be exact!

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I think I may have a slight obsession with the peanut butter chocolate combination. Okay… maybe it’s more than a slight obsession… maybe it’s a pretty HUGE one. Ha!  As I was making these cupcakes for this bbq, I kept thinking of all the recipes I had made that included chocolate and peanut butter.   And let me tell you… there are A LOT!

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But that didn’t seem to bother this guy… he ate the top off the cupcake before taking the wrapper off.

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I think shoving my cupcakes in your mouth all at once was a general theme… I saw this all afternoon (well more like about an hour – cause that’s how long the cupcakes lasted before they were gone!).  SGT Zaleuke just shoved the entire cupcake in his mouth! Yes!

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Okay, okay… one last picture of cute kids eating my cupcakes.  Aren’t these sisters the CUTEST… like EVER!

 

And I suppose you want some of the details about the cupcakes now, right?  Ok ok ok ok… I’m gonna be honest with you.  I’ve made these before.  I bazzzzillllion times.  (You can see those recipes HERE, HERE, HERE or HERE … okay so that’s only 4… but I got lazy and didn’t want to link ALL of them lol)   I used my favorite chocolate cake recipe but added crushed Peanut Butter OREOs to the batter and topped them with my favorite peanut butter buttercream and added more crushed PB OREOs to the BC! Oh… and topped them all off with another PB OREO!

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I mean my chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are soooo yummy by themselves… but the addition of the Peanut Butter OREOs really add a the creamy peanut butter flavor to the cake and a bit of a crunch to the buttercream.  So. Good.

So… if you’re like me and you have a peanut butter chocolate obsession… you should make this.  Like, STAT.  Now.   ASAP.

Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes
 
Serves: 6 dozen mini cupcakes
Ingredients
Peanut Butter OREO Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups brewed coffee
  • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder (I used HERSHEY's Special Dark cocoa)
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 20 Peanut Butter OREO sandwich cookies, finely crushed
Peanut Butter OREO Buttercream
  • 1½ cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups peanut butter (I used JIF Creamy)
  • 4½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 10 Peanut Butter OREO sandwich cookies, finely crushed
Instructions
Peanut Butter OREO Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pans with mini cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter.
  3. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs.
  6. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream mixture. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  7. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  8. Fold in the crushed Peanut Butter OREO sandwich cookies.
  9. Scoop batter into baking cups ⅔ full. Bake 17-19 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool in pans before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
Peanut Butter OREO Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the peanut butter and butter for 2 minutes.
  2. Scrape the sides of the bowl several times.
  3. Add the powdered sugar and mix on medium until combined.
  4. Add the salt and heavy cream, mix until smooth. Beat on high for 1-2 minutes or until fluffy and the color has lightened.
  5. Fold in the crushed Peanut Butter OREO sandwich cookies.
Assembly
  1. Using a Wilton 1M tip on a disposable bag, pipe mini swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  2. Top with a piece of Peanut Butter OREO cookie.
Notes
I used Wilton Nut & Party Cups instead of mini cupcake liners. The package says "not intended for baking" but I have had no issues baking with them. You could use regular mini liners instead of these cups, but you'll use less batter and this recipe will yield more cupcakes.

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Sweet & Salty:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

This week is the “Week of the Dragoon” for the 2nd Cavalry Regiment here in Vilseck, Germany and tomorrow is Family Day.  (Basically, my husbands unit is having a giant birthday party for itself before they go on pre-deployment leave.)  I decided to donate cupcakes to the event to be sold at the 2/2 CR Cougar Foundation table.  The Cougar Foundation is the non profit organization that supports the 2nd Squadron in 2 CR… an organization that I’m a member of.

I decided to make a cupcake that I knew everyone would love… chocolate peanut butter.  But hmm… I’ve made that cupcake or cake a bazillion times.  Uhmp…. I need to kick it up a notch and add some flair! So, I’ve put a pretzel crust on the bottom of the cupcake and topped it with a chocolate dipped pretzel and a drizzle of chocolate ganache.  Om nom nom nom The perfect combination of sweet and salty – chocolatey and peanut buttery.  YUM!

Enjoy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cupcakes
 
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Rich chocolate cupcakes on a pretzel crust topped with peanut butter buttercream, chocolate ganache and a chocolate covered pretzel! Delish!
Serves: 3 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Pretzel Crust
  • 3 cups salted pretzel sticks
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups brewed coffee
  • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
Peanut Butter Buttercream
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2⅓ cups creamy peanut butter (I use JIF)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp salt
Chocolate Ganache
  • 150g 50% cocao Lindt chocolate (any semi-sweet baking chocolate would work)
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Chocolate Covered Pretzel (for garnish)
  • 1 bag large thin pretzels
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
Instructions
Pretzel Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. Using a food processor, pulse the pretzels until they are in small chunks.
  3. Add the melted butter and brown sugar and process on high until combined and the pretzels are in small crumbs.
  4. Press 1 tablespoon of pretzel crust into the bottom of each cupcake liner.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, buttermilk and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream mixture. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  5. Scoop batter over the pretzel crust until ¾ full.
  6. Bake 17-19 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool in pans before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
Peanut Butter Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the peanut butter and butter for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl several times.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and mix on medium until combined.
  3. Add the salt and heavy cream, mix until smooth.
  4. Beat on high for 1-2 minutes or until fluffy and the color has lightened.
Chocolate Ganache
  1. Chop chocolate into very small pieces and place into a glass bowl.
  2. On medium high heat, bring heavy cream to a simmer.
  3. Immediately pour cream over the chopped chocolate and let sit for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  4. Stir gently until all the chocolate has melted.
  5. Add the butter and vanilla and stir until combined.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
  1. Dip half of the pretzel into the melted chocolate. Set on wax paper to harden.
Assembly
  1. Using a large round star tip, pipe swirls of buttercream onto each cupcake.
  2. Drizzle 1 Tbsp chocolate ganache over the buttercream.
  3. Gently press a chocolate covered pretzel into the buttercream.
  4. Add a small dollop of buttercream at the base of the pretzel to help hold it in place.