Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chocolate & Peanut Butter - A Perfect Pair

Hi Everyone!

With Valentine's approaching, I felt the urge to whip up a little somethin' from my oven for Mr. Bluebird's coworkers.  I try to bake something every few weeks or so for them.  I really like baking and making desserts.  Mr. Bluebird doesn't eat sweets very often and I try to stay away from them, so his coworkers benefit from my sweet tooth.

I was looking for a quick treat that still had some pizazz, and quickly decided on cupcakes.  One of my tricks to make a box mix taste more like homemade is to add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.  I have used expensive real vanilla and inexpensive "imitation" vanilla - I think taste-wise, it is a tie.  So, I chose to use the imitation for this and save my pricier vanilla for when it makes a difference.

After letting the cupcakes cool, I added about one half cup smooth peanut butter to canned vanilla frosting, along with another teaspoon of vanilla.  Once it is mixed, you have a delicious and not too sweet peanut butter frosting.  Love this trick! can't go wrong with a peanut butter & chocolate pairing.  They were truly meant to be together!

I used a piping tool to add a generous circle of frosting to each cupcake.  Candy heart sprinkles were shaken on top, and then, the piece de resistance, I nestled a yummy Reese's chocolate heart in the center.

Thank goodness I am dropping these off at his office tomorrow morning, because they are definitely calling my name!

Have a "sweet" week!

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  1. OMG!!! This will "kill" my diet! But thanks for sharing!

  2. How yummy! Peanut butter and chocolate are so good together and your sprinkles are the bomb. Janice

  3. Oh my...they look so good! Great tip about adding the vanilla extract!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!