PB&J Cupcakes That Can’t Help But Make You Smile
I’d gladly submit to homework, home-room, cramming for tests, and sweating over finals again if it meant getting to eat my fill of peanut butter and jelly like a kid back in school.
Especially if it meant PB&J in this scrumptious form.
Yes, creamy peanut butter, roasted peanuts, and a smear of sweet, fruity jam all together in one deliriously good cupcake.
“Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting” is from the new “Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes” book (Clarkson Potter) that’s packed with classic and modern takes on these palm-size, individual treats that nobody can resist.
The recipe recommends using natural peanut butter, but I used the huge, econo-size jar of creamy Jiff from Costco that I already had at home, and the little cakes came out more than fine.
The batter, full of butter, sugar, sour cream, and peanut butter, bakes up with the hidden surprise of chopped, salty peanuts inside.
The recipe says to bake the cupcakes for 22 minutes, but with my gas-oven, they over-baked and turned dense like muffins. My second batch, which I pulled out three minutes earlier, turned out perfect — light and tender in texture. When it comes to cupcakes, do check on their doneness at least a few minutes before the time called for in the recipe. If you’re baking two pans at once, do rotate them halfway through the baking time, and don’t position your bottom rack too low or else your cupcake bottoms may brown more than you like.
Once the cupcakes have cooled, spread on a thick frosting made with more peanut butter, powdered sugar, heavy cream, and cream cheese. Then, place a tiny dollop of your favorite jam on top.
There you have it: PB&J in a delightful new way to make you feel like a kid all over again.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes
The creamy peanut butter frosting may be crowned with any jelly or jam. Strawberry is suggested, but grape or raspberry would also be delicious. For best flavor, use natural-style peanut butter in the cupcake batter.
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter, preferably natural-style
3 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature
3/4 cup coarsely chopped salted, roasted peanuts
Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting (recipe below)
1/2 cup strawberry jam or jelly
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Mix in peanut butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix in vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture; beat until just combined. Mix in sour cream and peanuts.
Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until golden and a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 19-22 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes. Cupcakes can be stored up to 3 days at room temperature in airtight containers.
To finish, use an offset spatula to spread frosting over each cupcake, leaving a small well in the middle. Dollop about 1 teaspoon jelly into each well. Frosted cupcakes can be refrigerated up to 1 day in airtight containers; bring to room temperature before serving.
Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting
(makes about 3 cups)
6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream
With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until pale and fluffy. Add salt and peanut butter, and beat to combine. Beat in vanilla.
In another bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk cream until medium-stiff peaks form. Fold cream into peanut-butter mixture. Use immediately, or refrigerate, covered tightly, up to 2 days. Before using, bring to room temperature and stir with a flexible spatula until smooth.
From “Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes”
More Peanut Butter Goodness: Peanut Butter Cookies with Milk Chocolate Chunks
Your cupcakes look very tasty! I think I could be persuaded to do some school work to earn one of those!
Love the spin on peanut butter and jelly!
I would choose these over any PJ sandwich I’ve ever had!
These look delicious! Very appropriate too with school starting up.
How fun! I love anything PBJ, what a great idea.
OMG those look to die for! Peanut butter is so irresistible!
We made something similar last year http://www.chezus.com/2008/09/26/my-little-cupcake/ but we put the jelly surprise in the middle, was very fun and very good!
These look delicious! I’m sure I could eat one or two right now. I have the same issue with my oven–things cook/bake a little faster (generally) than recipes indicate. Your tips are all useful.
Wow, I’m surprised no one thought of this earlier! How was the peanut butter in the cake batter? I’ve found that when you bake peanut butter, it tends to dry out. Could you taste the peanut butter in the cupcake? Seems like you could skip it and just have the peanut butter just in the frosting. Looks fun to eat though!
I have a feeling Martha’s Cupcake book is going to be one of my favorites. I think I’ll try this one next!
Classic sandwich in dessert form = LOVE.
those cupcakes look so yummy! thanks for sharing the recipes!
So fun. We’d be obliged to do that whole pipe the jelly in the middle. Just to see how it’d work.
Duo Dishes: You guys are so fancy! 😉
Single Guy Chef: I liked the peanut butter in the batter because it makes the resulting cake actually taste very peanuty. I know what you mean about some peanut butter baked goods turning out a little on the dry side. If you take care not to over-bake these cupcakes, though, they will be quite moist and wonderful. Hope you try them!
YUM! That looks and sounds perfect!
All I’m doing is looking at a pic of this, and I’m already grinning! I can just imagine the smile on your face as you bit into this…Haha, I wish you had taken a pic on that!
That cupcake looks absolutely scrumptious! I like that you used the peanut butter in the batter and the frosting, yum!
Oh Martha…you always have the best recipes!!! I just got her cupcake cookbook recently and can’t stay out of it! I eyed these too and wanted to make them soon! Yours look delicious!
This looks so great with the jelly dollop on top! I can never resist a peanut butter treat.
oy! I could dig into that really easily. Unfortunately, in my current place, I do not have an OVEN!! Soooo sad! Would you send me some? Pretty please? With pbj on top? ^_^
These cupcakes sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing 🙂
what a fantastic idea!
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