Last week was Jason's birthday. I wanted to make cupcakes so they could easily be shared, and who doesn't love the classic pairing of chocolate and peanut butter? I adapted my brownie recipe into one that is more cake like, but with the chewy dense brownie characteristic. I like that in a cupcake.
You know what else I like in a cupcake? A surprise middle.
peanut butter chocolate cupcakes
makes 12 cupcakes
½ cup agave
1 can pumpkin (15oz)
2 eggs (Ener-G egg replacer)
3 teaspoons vanilla
¾ cup brown rice flour
½ cup ap flour (gluten free)
¾ cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
peanut butter for cupcake filling
Combine agave and pumpkin – add egg and vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, and baking powder, add to sugar mixture. Fill muffin cups half way, place ½ tablespoon peanut butter in center, fill muffins with remaining batter.
Bake @ 350 for 30-35 minutes* or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
*These cooked in 30 minutes in my oven; a reader made them and while they turned out well, it took 50 minutes in his oven.
Cool completely before frosting.
peanut butter frosting
I started out with 1 cup peanut butter and 2 cups powdered sugar. Added water to thin slightly, whip by hand until completely smooth. Add powdered sugar to desired consistency - I wanted the frosting to hold a swirl.
While these cupcakes were for Jason's birthday, something exciting is happening today that just may need it's own dessert.
I am honored and excited to be a contributor with gojee - a new recipe site launching today! Gojee, named for the Himalayan berry, is a cooking site showcasing recipes from home cooks. Gojee can recommend recipes based on food you already have, and you can link to a grocery market loyalty card.
I am thrilled to be among amazing company - gojee has hand picked many great recipes from exceptionally talented people! I already have many saved as favorites, and have met some new friends as well. I hope you will visit - we are all very excited today!
made these for a party last night - made them mini - everyone approved! thank you so much, this is a delicious cake!
I made these for a birthday party today and they were delicious! I love the texture, more like a brownie or a chocolate pound cake? the frosting was easy and fun to work with too - I never knew it could be!
yes, all of the desserts in your parade look tasty, this has to be my favorite, nothing more classic than choc pb!!
I mean this in the nicest way but I hate you!!! I am throwing my mouse at the computer in utter jealousy right now. This cupcake is precisely what I wanted to make for my dad's birthday this week. But 4 failed batches later, I had to give up. How did you learn how to do all of this?? (and by "this" I mean bake GF/Vegan). Man. Okay, jealousy leaving now. These look absolutely delicious and they sound like they actually taste like a cupcake. Lucky 🙂
oh, trust me, Cara, there have been MANY failed attempts in my kitchen! the vegan is not too difficult, flax or chia really do well as egg replacers, and the Ener-G powder was my first egg replacer! gluten free is the more difficult challenge, and I still have results that aren't exactly as expected.
these cupcakes were good - they were more dense, like a pound cake, but that's okay because we both like that! 🙂 the 'normal' cake crumb and texture is more difficult to achieve with gluten free methods, but I keep trying!
drool drool drool drool - love choc/pb together! Mmm! And congrats on being a contributor - so exciting!
thank you SO much, I was really excited! 😀
Shirley @ gfe says
I confess that I like these sooo much better than the jalapeno poppers "stand." 😉 Yum!
ahh, okay, Shirley, I know what you like now! 🙂 I understand, until just a couple years ago I didn't like anything spicy or any hot peppers. I still don't like things that are SO hot that it overpowers any flavor and I CRY, but jalapenos are flavorful to me. I know they are not for everyone, though. XXO!
(what runs) Lori says
HOLY MAMA! These look INCREDIBLE! I mean, really really incredible! You are SO talented with the photography and, of course, the food!
Love the simplicity of these.
thank you!! after our lovely friend Kris tweeted, I went to look for your cupcakes 😀 you have some awesome ones, my favorite was the COOKIE.