Whenever I get a craving for something sweet, I go through phases of what I want. Sometimes it's cookies, other times cake, rarely pie and currently, it's cupcakes. I don't indulge in cupcakes very often but nowadays it's all I can think about. Luckily, I had a bbq coming up this weekend so I decided to make a batch for my friends and me to enjoy. Now I didn't want any ordinary cupcake, no sir. I wanted this to be something that would hit the spot and satisfy my craving once and for all. The solution? Chocolate dipped nutter butter cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream frosting! These cupcakes are rich with multiple flavors all in one bite - just what I'm looking for.
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To create these dipped nutter butter cupcakes, I put together a peanut butter cupcake for the base, topped it with a basic vanilla frosting, and dipped it in chocolate ganache. What makes it a nutter butter cupcake? The addition of the cookies in the batter, of course! I tried nutter butter for the first time for these cupcakes and man, oh man, are they delicious! Sure, they're just peanut butter cookies, but there's something about them that makes them very addicting.
Make the cupcake batter and fill the prepare muffin pan about ¾ full. The cupcakes expand quite a bit while baking so you don't want to completely fill the pan. Bake the cupcakes for about 18-20 minutes or until the tops of the muffins lightly spring back. Another way to test if they're done is to insert a toothpick in the center. When it comes out clean, that means they are ready.
While the cupcakes are cooling, making the vanilla buttercream frosting. Beat the butter and sugar until combined, then add the vanilla and heavy cream. Pipe on the frosting and the first part of the decorating is done. Make sure the cupcakes are completely cooled when you frost them or else the frosting will slide right off.
Now you can technically just serve the cupcakes right here but we're going to take it an extra step and dip them in chocolate. Before you dip the cupcakes, freeze them for about 30 minutes. This will make it easier to dip into chocolate. Dip the cupcakes and let the chocolate set.
These dipped nutter butter cupcakes were best fresh as are all cupcakes. Make these fresh and serve them to your guests and there won't be any leftovers to worry about!
A peek into the inside...yum...
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