Hope everyone had a lovely February 14 with whomever you chose to enjoy the day. This was the dessert of the day – Olde Square Inn Double Chocolate Cupcake With Peanut Butter Icing – one of my very favorite chocolate cakes. It’s a very rich and dense chocolate flavor, intensified with “special dark” chocolate chips. I like this best buttercream icing, but the peanut butter is a close second. This recipe actually originated with Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa; I just added chocolate chips to the mix, and it is delicious.
Olde Square Inn Double Chocolate Cupcakes
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (not margarine!), softened
- 2/3 c. sugar
- 2/3 c. brown sugar
- 2 Xl eggs (use large if you don’t have xl, no worries)
- 2 t. vanilla
- 1 & 3/4 c. flour
- 1 & 1/2 t. baking soda
- 1/2 t. kosher salt
- 1 c. cocoa powder
- 1 c. buttermilk
- 2 T strong brewed coffee (brings out the chocolate flavor)
- 1/2 c. sour cream
- 1 c. good quality dark chocolate chips, mini or regular.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
- Combine buttermilk, coffee and sour cream in a liquid measuring cup. Set aside
- Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
- Beat in eggs one at a time, then vanilla.
- Mix in 1/3 of the flour mixture, then 1/2 the liquid, scraping bowl as needed.
- Mix in another 1/3 of the flour, then the rest of the liquid, then end with the flour.
- Scoop into cupcake pan prepared with paper liners. You’ll get 24-28 cupcakes, at times 30!
- Bake at 350 for 18 minutes, not longer. Cool before icing.
Tip: If you don’t have buttermilk, add a T of lemon juice or vinegar to regular milk and let it sit for 5 minutes before using in the recipe.
Tip: If a recipe calls for “soda,” it is baking soda, not Coke or Pepsi as several of my past students thought haha!
Peanut Butter Icing
- 1 & 1/2 sticks butter (again, not margarine!), softened
- 1 c. Peanut butter
- 1# powdered sugar (that’s about 4 c.)
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1/4 c. milk
- Beat together butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar until combined and smooth.
- Beat in vanilla, then the milk a little at a time to make it a spreadable consistency.
- Spread on cupcakes or use a piping bag to swirl on the frosting.
- Pour a cup of coffee and eat one before the kids get home from school. You’ll be happy.