The Sauce: Peanut Butter Whipped Frosting – This light frosting has a silky texture loaded with pea-nutty flavor. It’s a dessert sauce made with creamy peanut butter, real butter and confectioner’s sugar. It becomes the perfect nest for the shiny jelly crown.
Brown bag special
Peanut Butter and Jelly is like a warm blanket or comfortable worn shoe. I grew up eating lots of PB&J sandwiches in my grade school brown bags. ‘Stick to your ribs’ peanut butter with sweet berry jelly is a fast, simple, easy sandwich to make with pantry ingredient essentials.
This combo is the star of my cupcake and features homemade pomegranate jelly but use your favorite jelly or jam. I love berry jellies and jams because they look like a jeweled ‘hope‘ diamond set on siena velvet. Classic grape is perfect, too. This is a moist, four-star yellow cake with peanut butter whipped frosting and glistening jelly. A kid favorite, but grown ups love ‘em.
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Recipe: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 22 Minutes | Yield: 18 Cupcakes | Level: Easy
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 8 Tbsp butter, softened
- 1 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 Tbsp vanilla
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- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 4 Tbsp butter, room temperature
- 2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3-5 Tbsp heavy cream
- 1/3 cup red jelly
2 In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
4 Add the eggs one at a time then the vanilla.
5 Alternating, add the flour mixture and buttermilk 1/3 at a time mixing after each addition.
6 Fill muffin pan lined with cupcake papers 2/3 full with batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes until top springs back or a toothpick comes out clean.
7 Cool cupcakes in pan for 1-2 minutes then remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.
8 Meanwhile, with a hand or stand mixer, cream together the peanut butter and real butter. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and combine. Add the cream as needed to make a spreadable consistency, beating until fluffy.
9 Once cooled, frost the cupcakes creating a small indentation on the top. With a small spoon, place a teaspoon of jelly on the top.
Different jars of peanut butter have different consistencies. If it’s thinner, use 1-3 tablespoons of heavy cream. If it’s thicker, use 3-5 tablespoons.
Use a large decorating tip or frost with a knife leaving an indentation for the jelly.
- Exchange heavy cream for Half & Half or milk.
Inspiration – Cook’s Illustrated
Cook with Sauces
Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: Sept. 13, 2012