Mmm...vanilla cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream frosting, then dipped in chocolate and rolled in chopped peanuts for a nutty buddy inspired cupcake. This is one of the cupcakes I prepared for my segment with Studio 5, but I wanted to include the whole recipe here for all of you :)
NUTTY BUDDY INSPIRED CUPCAKES
A delicious vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting, dipped in melted chocolate and then rolled in crushed peanuts for a delicious nutty buddy inspired cupcake.
Recipe for the vanilla cake
Makes 12 standard-size cupcakes.
- 1 2/3 cups cake flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 egg whites
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a larger bowl, beat the butter at a high speed, and gradually beat in the sugar. Then, beat in the egg whites.
- Now you will gradually be adding the dry mixture and the milk to the butter-sugar-egg mixture. To do this, alternate mixing in some of the dry mixture, followed by some milk, followed by some dry mixture... You get the picture. Do that until you've incorporated the dry mixture and the milk completely. Just don't over-mix here.
- Finish by incorporating the vanilla.
- Baking time! For cupcakes, fill your liners 2/3 full and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Recipe for the vanilla buttercream frosting
Makes enough for 12 cupcakes topped with lots of frosting.
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 3–4 cups powdered sugar
- 1–2 TB milk or cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Cream the butter for a good few minutes.
- Gradually beat in some of the powdered sugar.
- Incorporate the milk or cream and vanilla.
- Finish by incorporating the rest of the powdered sugar. The more you add, the stiffer your frosting will be. Make sure it’s stiff enough to hold its form when piped onto cupcakes.
- Place a large round tip at the end of a piping bag and fill the bag with frosting.
- Make sure your cupcakes are completely cooled. Then, pipe the frosting onto your cupcakes: Start in the middle and then create a large circle around the perimeter, leaving about 1/8 of an inch between the edge of the frosting and the edge of the cupcake. Continue upward in tighter and tighter circles to create a large, tiered mound of frosting on top of the cupcake.
- Place your cupcakes in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare your chocolate by melting 16 oz. of semisweet chocolate chips and 2 TB coconut oil in the microwave at 50% power at 30 second increments until melted. Make sure to use a tall bowl or cup that will be wide enough for dipping. You will want to time the melting of your chocolate so that it sits for about 10 minutes to cool once melted.
- Remove the cupcakes from the freezer, and one at a time, hold the frosted cupcake upside down and dip in the melted chocolate, leaving a small bit of frosting at the base of the cupcake undipped. As you dip, twist the cupcake in a circular motion. Then, pull the cupcake straight up and let the excess chocolate drip off. Then, turn over quickly.
- To coat with crushed peanuts, immediately roll the chocolate dipped cupcake onto a plate of crushed peanuts until fully coated.