Peanut Butter Chip Cupcakes
- 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ¾ cup smooth all natural peanut butter, at room temperature
- ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup whole milk
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine milk and vanilla in small bowl. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in bowl. Beat butter and sugars in mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and blend until smooth. Slowly mix in peanut butter. Add half the flour mixture and blend slowly. When fully incorporated, add milk mixutre. Continue to blend slowly. Add remaining flour mixture and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Add chocolate chips and fold in by hand. Scoop into 12 lined baking cups and bake for about 22 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly touched and the edges are golden brown.
- 6 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter, natural (or if you want a smoother look, go not-natural)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup whole milk
Combine sugar and salt in bowl. Combine milk and vanilla in bowl. Beat butter and peanut butter in mixer until smooth and creamy. Alternately add sugar and milk mixture until fully incorporated. Add additional milk for a softer consistency. Frost on top of cooled cupcakes.
About Candace Nelson, Executive Pastry Chef and owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes
Executive Pastry Chef Candace Nelson comesfrom a strong culinary tradition.Her French-American great grandmother was renowned for the distinctivedesserts she made at her San Francisco restaurant during the 1930s, and her own mother shared a similar passion for cooking. After graduating from the professional pastry program at Tante Maries Cooking School inSan Francisco in 2002, Candace started her own custom baking business,specializing in handcrafted special occasion cakes. Raised in the spirit ofher French relatives, Candace felt that dessert should be a daily pleasure rather than an indulgence reserved for the occasional celebration. This philosophy inspired Candace to open Sprinkles Cupcakes, The Original Cupcake Bakery. Candace has been profiled in the New York Times,featured on The Martha Stewart Show, The Today Show, Nightline andGood Morning America, and appeared as a guest judge on the Food Networks widely popular Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
Sprinkles Cupcakes are a deliciously sophisticated update on an American classic.Baked fresh in small batches throughout the day, Sprinkles Cupcakes are handcrafted from the finest ingredients, including sweet cream butter, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, freshbananas and carrots, real strawberries and natural citrus zests. Sprinkles Cupcakes contain no preservatives, trans fats or artificial flavors. Sprinklesoffers more than 20 tantalizing flavors from simple vanilla to creativechai latte to satisfy every sweet tooth. Topped with Sprinkles trademark modern dots, rich chocolate sprinkles from France or seasonal sugar decorations, Sprinkles Cupcakes are both playful and elegant perfectfor occasions of any kind.
When Candace and Charles Nelson first opened Sprinkles in April 2005, everyone said they were crazy. Low carb mania was at its peak, and the idea of a cupcakes-onlybakery in the middle of thin city seemed an unlikely success story.Despite naysayers, they sold out within hours of opening, and saleshavent slowed since. Today, Sprinkles is known as much for its longlines and devoted fans as for its delicious cupcakes. Sprinkles iscredited with inspiring a national cupcake craze as reported by theNew York Times, USA Today, the Today Show and Nightline.
Sprinkles cares about its community, a philosophy reflected in its purchasingdecisions and commitment to local charities.Sprinkles bakery boxes, plates, napkins, shopping bags andgiftboxes are made from recycled materials. Sprinkles donatesregularly to charities and events supporting worthy causes andgives all daily leftover cupcakes to local food banks.