Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

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If there are only two flavors I could enjoy for the rest of my life, it would be salted caramel and peanut butter. I have a go-to peanut butter cupcake and a go-to salted caramel frosting. I’ve never combined the two before, but I knew they would be an unbeatable pair!

I’ve been making these peanut butter cupcakes for years. They are unbelievably soft and moist, which is in part because of the brown sugar and 2 eggs in the batter. They are loaded with peanut butter flavor too. The frosting is legendary. It’s thick and tastes identical to salty caramel corn, but in creamy dreamy frosting form.

I adorned the finished cupcakes with green sprinkles, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Yield: 12 cupcakes

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting finished serving

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting ingredients

For the cupcakes

1 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup Smooth Operator peanut butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk

For the frosting

1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3/4 cup light brown sugar
additional pinch of salt, as needed
green sprinkles

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12-cup muffin tin with liners. Set aside.

2. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

3. With a handheld or stand mixer, cream together the peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla.

4. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing until just combined. Do not overmix.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting step 1

5. Divide batter evenly between 12 cupcake tins. Bake for 23-26 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool.

6. While the cupcakes are cooling, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Once melted, add brown sugar and heavy cream. Stir constantly over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add salt.

7. Allow to bubble for 3 full minutes, no more. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Do not place in the refrigerator to cool. With a hand mixer at medium speed, beat in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, until you reach desired consistency. I used 4 cups. Add more salt if the frosting tastes too sweet.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting step 2

8. Frost cooled cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting step 3

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting finished product

*Extra frosting can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Allow it to come to room temperature again before frosting anything.

Cupcakes stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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PEANUT BUTTER GIVEAWAY

What other dish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day would you possibly add peanut butter to?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of Smooth Operator peanut butter, the jar used in this recipe.

DETAILS:

– The giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Monday, March 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST.
– One entry per person.
– Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator and notified via the contact email provided on the comment form.
– Winner(s) will have until 03/21/13 to claim their prize or we will choose another winner.
– Winner will win one 16oz jar of Smooth Operator. Product will be shipped by Peanut Butter & Co.
– No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 years of age to enter. See Official Giveaway Rules.

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