Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

12 Jul 2014

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

It seems like forever since I last made cupcakes.

And since I still want to use the vanilla bean paste that I made a while back, I decided on some vanilla bean cupcakes. And I know that most people are bored just a plain vanilla recipe.(obviously not me with my onetwothreefour different vanilla ice cream recipes on my blog) For you, I spiced up a plain vanilla cupcake with a hidden peanut butter cup inside. Topped with creamy peanut butter frosting.

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

You know that old saying: a way to a man's heart is through his stomach? Well if you were to ask me, the way to my heart is through my stomach...specifically with peanut butter.

I should make that into a T-shirt.

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

And since it's the weekend, indulge in one, two, three of these cupcakes! You deserve it. And even if you don't..well..I won't tell.

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
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What you'll need:

  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 12-15 peanut butter cups
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2-3 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • up to 1/4 cup milk

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. Cupcakes: In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. 
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the butter until melted, around 20 seconds. Pour into a large bowl and cream together with the sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk in the egg, egg white, sour cream, milk and vanilla bean paste until fully incorporated.
  4. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until fully combined.
  5. Fill the cupcake liners with the batter, and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool on wire racks.
  6. Frosting: Beat together the peanut butter and the butter until light and fluffy. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.
  7. Add the icing sugar 1 cup at a time, alternating with 1 teaspoon of milk until it reaches your desired consistency. Beat until light and fluffy. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

Cupcake adapted from Budding Baketress
Frosting from A Taste Of Madness

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  1. Vanilla paste all the way! These look divine, and I really want that PB T-shirt now! Start a blog-tee-shop? :) x

  2. Those look delicious! Love the pb frosting. :)

  3. oh how great!!
    sure gonna try it!

  4. Yum! I love peanut butter on pretty much everything. And I have no doubt I'd love it on these cupcakes!

  5. These cupcakes look fabulous! We too are fans of peanut butter.

  6. Cathleen you´re not the only one who loves plain vanilla cupcakes. I love then too and love even more to combine interesting fillings with it, just like you did it here. They turned out lovely =)

  7. I think I will take three.. at least! :D

  8. I could never get bored of vanilla. But I will also never say no to peanut butter, either! Love these!

  9. Who doesn't love cupcakes! And I just heard that vanilla ice cream is the number one flavor of ice cream. So I guess more people love 'plain old vanilla' flavored treats more than most of us food bloggers think!

  10. Such delicious looking cupcakes, the frosting is absolutely the best! :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Love it! I love surprises, so the hidden peanut butter cup is awesome - plus peanut butter icing? Brilliant!

  12. Oh wow, now you're killing me, Cathleen. That looks too delicious! ❤

  13. I was just asking my husband the other day what kind of cupcakes I should make to go to with peanut butter frosting. I love chocolate, but he doesn't, so this sounds like a winner!

  14. Wow Cathleen, these cupcakes look the peanut butter tempting!
    Have a great week :D

  15. Cathleen, you naughty girl! hee..hee...

  16. I love vanilla cupcakes and I love peanut butter so these, well, perfection :)

  17. Oh my! I love that surprise hiding in there. Delish!!!

  18. Literally drooling,....these look so good!

  19. It`s been forever since I made cupcakes, too! This needs to be fixed! With these cupcakes!!


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