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Take 5 Cupcakes

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Cups of frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 batch of your favorite chocolate cupcakes

For the ganache

  • 1 C Peanut butter chips
  • 4 tbsp Heavy cream
  • 1/2 C Peanuts (optional)

For the frosting

  • 1 1/2 C (3 sticks) Unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 C Hershey’s chocolate spread
  • 6 C Powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp Heavy whipping cream
  • Caramel for drizzling
  • 24 Chocolate covered pretzels

Instructions

  1. Bake a batch of your favorite chocolate cupcakes and allow to cool completely. Core out the center of your cupcakes about halfway deep.

For the ganache

  1. Combine peanut butter chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 60 seconds. Remove from microwave and whisk until smooth. If there are still chunks left after whisking, microwave for another 15-20 seconds.
  2. Take peanuts and gently plush in a food processor to break up into smaller pieces. Empty crushed peanuts into ganache and stir to combine.
  3. Spoon peanut butter ganache into the hollow center of the cupcake.

For the frosting

  1. Allow butter to come to room temperature. Whisk butter on medium high speed until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes).
  2. Add Hersey’s chocolate spread and beat until combined.
  3. Turn mixer speed down to slow. Slowly add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. After adding 3 cups of powdered sugar, the frosting will start to become very thick. Add 1 tablespoon of heavy cream.
  4. Add remaining powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. After the last cup, add remaining 2 tablespoons of heavy cream.
  5. Once all ingredients are combined, increase mixing speed to medium high and beat frosting for 1-2 minutes to whip some air into it.
  6. Once you reach the desired consistency, frost peanut-butter filled cupcakes. Drizzle with caramel before serving. Add chocolate covered pretzels as a garnish.

Notes

This recipe makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes. If a thicker frosting, either ardmore powdered sugar or eliminate one tablespoon of heavy cream. For a thinner frosting, add additional heavy cream.

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