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Small Batch Pick-Me-Up Cupcakes

strawberryandcream
Feeling down and in need of a pick-me-up? Whether it was a long day at work or a loss in the family, these cupcakes loaded with chocolate, more chocolate and peanut butter is the perfect pick-me-up.
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes

  • cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder
  • tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch fine ground sea salt
  • ¼ cup milk or non-dairy milk
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp chocolate chips

Small Batch Chocolate Frosting

  • 4 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp milk or non-dairy milk (plus more if needed to thin the frosting to your desired consistency)
  • 1 pinch espresso powder (optional)
  • 1 pinch fine ground sea salt
  • a chocolate bar, for shaving extra chocolate on top
  • 8 small pretzels, broken into pieces

Peanut Butter Filling

  • 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar

Instructions
 

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the ⅓ cup flour, ¼ cup sugar, 4 tsp cocoa powder, and 1½ tsp baking powder.
    In a separate mixing bowl, combine the ¼ cup milk, 2 Tbsp melted butter, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until you cannot see dry flour anymore and the ingredients are incorporated together. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Line a cupcake tin with four cupcake papers (if desired) and fill the four to about ⅔ full with the batter. Bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cupcakes. Let them cool on a cooling rack.

Small Batch Chocolate Frosting

  • In a mixing bowl, beat the 4 Tbsp softened butter until it is pale yellow and fluffy.
    Add the 2 cups of powdered sugar, ¼ cup cocoa powder, 1 Tbsp milk, pinch of espresso powder and pinch of salt. Whisk everything together until it forms a thick yet soft frosting.
  • Either prepare a piping bag with the chocolate frosting, or you can frost the cupcakes with a rubber spatula or a butter knife.

Peanut Butter Filling

  • In a small bowl, mix together the 2 Tbsp peanut butter, 1 Tbsp melted butter and 1 Tbsp powdered sugar.

Assemble the Pick-Me-Up Cupakes

  • Using an apple corer, the larger end of a piping tip, or a knife, cut out a hole in the center of each cupcake. Don't cut all the way through the bottom, or else the filling will ooze out.
    Fill each hole with about 1 tsp of the peanut butter filling, until the filling reaches the top of the cupcake.
  • Pipe or spread the chocolate icing on top of each cupcake, to your desired ratio of cupcake to icing.
  • Using a grater, shave a chocolate bar on top of each cupcake.
    Just before eating, break apart pretzels and sprinkle the pieces on top for added crunch and balance of flavor.
    Enjoy!
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