I love summer rain showers. Maybe it's because we don't get a lot of rainy days in the summer in Atlanta or maybe it's because I don't have to worry about keeping my garden watered on rainy days - either way - I'm a fan. I headed out recently with my camera and took some pictures of the rain - under the covering of the front porch of course.
We should have at least one rainy day a week because it forces me to stay inside and that usually translates to cleaning. Rainy days = clean house! Some days, the rains has a reverse effect though, it simply makes we want to curl up with a good book, a cup of coffee and some chocolate. (Not a bad way to spend a rainy day either.)
The next time that you're having a rainy day - and you don't feel like cleaning your house - whip up a batch of chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter cookie frosting from Annieeats.com. Brew yourself a pot of coffee and find a good reading spot. (You may even find yourself wishing for more rainy days.)
Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cookie Frosting
For the cupcakes:
- 1½ cups hot brewed coffee
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ tsp. baking soda
- ¾ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- 12 tbsp. (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1½ cup packed brown sugar
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 9 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1½ cups creamy peanut butter
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
DirectionsTo make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
In a bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the hot brewed coffee and cocoa powder until dissolved.
Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugars. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Blend in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. Blend in the vanilla.
With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients in three additions alternating with the coffee-cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix each addition just until incorporated, being careful not to overmix.
Divide the batter between the prepared liners, filling each about two-thirds of the way full.
Bake about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pans briefly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
When the cupcakes are cool, make the ganache by placing the chopped chocolate in a small bowl.
Bring the cream to a simmer, pour over the chocolate, and let stand about 2 minutes.
Whisk together until a smooth ganache forms. If needed, let cool briefly at room temperature to thicken slightly before using.
To make the peanut butter cookie frosting, combine the peanut butter and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium-high for 1 minute.
Turn off the mixer, add in the confectioners’ sugar and mix on low speed until fully incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and mix until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the peanut butter mixture and use clean, dry hands to form it into a patty. Use the tines of a fork to make the classic crisscross pattern on top of the “cookie”. Repeat with the remaining peanut butter mixture.
Spread 2 teaspoons of ganache on top of each cooled cupcake.
Top each with a "cookie" patty.
Bring on the rain - I've got my chocolate cupcakes ready!