I have some delicious cupcakes for you today that really don’t fall under the “less is more” way of thinking, Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes. Well, to be even more specific, these are actually Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Truffle Cupcakes, but *that* might be a bit of a lengthy title, so we’ll just round down. That’s a whole lot of good stuff in a cupcake.
I blame these cupcakes on Trader Joe’s. I always go into Trader Joe’s with the best intentions and as much willpower as any over tired, under caffeinated mom can muster. And most of the time I do pretty well. But darn you Trader Joe’s and your oh so brilliant placement of candies, chocolates and cookies directly over things like frozen peas. Yep, just trying to buy some boneless skinless chicken breasts and a few bags of veggies, and staring right at me is candy. Like these.
Well played Trader Joe’s. It’s impossible to not have something catch your eye, call your name and be almost magnetically pulled into your basket. Those evil geniuses not only cover anything and everything in chocolate, but they know a thing or two about strategic product placement. I’ve learned to avoid that whole check out lane temptation thing, but somehow I don’t fare so well when they stock all this good stuff right over the frozen salmon. While I may be able to resist for a few trips, eventually I give in, and things like this wind up in my cart. Of course you could simply eat them straight out of the box
while driving home from the store at 8:23am, I thought it would fun to make cupcakes with them.
I know a lot of you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby, and that’s okay. Any chocolate and peanut butter or chocolate and caramel candy can go on top of these. Dove Chocolate Promises, Ghirardelli Squares, Hershey’s Bliss, even peanut butter cups or Rolos – work with what you have.
Yeah. Now that is a cupcake. These are actually fairly simple to make. The base is a nice dark chocolate cupcake, not overly sweet, with a touch of sea salt added to the top before baking, to help balance out all of the excess sweetness you are about to load on top. The frosting is a buttercream with both peanut butter and caramel added to it, with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a sprinkle of sea salt on top for good measure, and of course the tasty truffle. I told you, we are not in less is more territory here.
Let’s get baking and cupcake making, shall we?
You might want a glass of milk and some elastic pants to go with these. Just sayin.
If peanut butter, chocolate and caramel are your thing, check out some of these recipes…