peanut butter buttercream
the real star of this show is the buttercream. the cupcakes are a basic chocolate cupcake, that honestly, came out a bit dry. so i'm not even going to talk about the cake. nope, not worth it. not when we have peanut butter buttercream to discuss.
well, really, it's my mom's buttercream. so she gets all the credit. but i digress.
today's my birthday. so when i walked across campus for a meeting, i stopped and spent $2 for a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting. it looked gorgeous. and it was my birthday. $2 for one cupcake was justified, right?!
you can imagine my disappointment when i bit into it. the cake itself was dry and crumbly. but the worst - the buttercream was flavorless. didn't really taste like butter or peanuts. weird. so i came home and created my own much better version.
the frosting is to die for. it's great on cupcakes, cake, and warm brownies. you could use chumky peanut butter, but i always use smooth. i always add the milk last. if i add it first and the frosting is too runny, then i end up adding more sugar, which dilutes the peanut butter a bit.
mom's peanut butter frosting
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons soft butter
mix all together with a hand mixer or whisk.