Friday, 29 April 2011

PEANUT BUTTER OREO CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES


The whole of Britain is all agog. Today, Prince William weds Catherine Middleton. This is the beginning of a new chapter in royal history. As the throngs of loyal subjects lining the streets unfurl their union jack banners and crane their necks to get a glimpse of their new princess, I will be comfortably sitting on the sofa watching the festivities up close on TV. 

I made breakfast in their honour.

While we wait with bated breath on what Kate is going to wear and who made it, people are having street parties all over the UK. My street is not one of those, unfortunately. Still, to keep up with the spirit, I baked something to bring if there was suddenly a call for an impromptu street party. 



Cupcakes! The more generous American style cupcake has eclipsed the diminutive English fairy cake recently. I would have made a cupcake more fitting for the couple but am clueless as to their personal tastes. 

I made moist chocolate cupcakes with a peanut butter Oreo at the bottom, slathered them very generously with peanut butter frosting and decorated them with peanut brittle shards. I know that William is partial to chocolate biscuits hence the chocolate flavour. As for the peanut butter and Oreos, it's my children who are partial to them.


Ingredients for the cupcakes:

1 c. flour
1 cup of sugar
1/4 c. plus 2 tbsps. of cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. oil
1/2 c. water
1 large egg
1/4 c. milk mixed with 1 tsp. vinegar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
12 peanut butter Oreos


Method. Preheat the oven to 350°F /180°C. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases and put one peanut butter Oreo at the bottom of each. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients then add the rest of the ingredients (except for the Oreos) and blend well. Fill the Oreo lined paper cases to three quarters full. I used an ice cream scoop to do this. Bake for 25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Leave in the pan for five minutes before transferring to cooling racks. Prepare the frosting.

Ingredients for the peanut butter frosting:

1/2 c. slightly salted butter (such as Lurpak)
1 c. smooth peanut butter
1 1/4 c. icing sugar
1/4 c. milk

Instructions:

Cream the butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the peanut butter and sugar, then cream again. Add the milk slowly while mixing. Pipe onto the cooled cupcakes generously. Decorate with the peanut brittle shards or with mini Oreos.

Ingredients for the peanut brittle:


I c. sugar
1/2 c. water
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
2-3 tbsps. chopped peanuts

Instructions:


Put the sugar and water together in a saucepan. Stir on low heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and simmer on medium low heat until caramel coloured. Add the peanuts and swirl together. Pour onto a oiled and lined pan. Break into pieces and use as decoration for the cupcakes.


The first public royal kiss.
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14 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! I LOVE today's post! I love your perfect (and cute) breakfast! And Oreo cupcakes... YUM! There are no better cupcakes than this, seriously! Brittle is beautiful.... I enjoyed your post too much today! Haha.

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  2. An oreo at the bottom of a cupcake...brilliant! Bookmarking this one!

    I LOVED your toast. It made me giggle. :)

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  3. That is beyond amazing! I cannot even tell you how much I am enjoying your pictures and recipes for these cupcakes...it is making me feel better since my Prince is married now :-( haha...my sister and I always had the BIGGEST crush on Prince William.

    Your toast is really cute too!! hehe

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  4. I'm sure the royal couple would love these :) I was up bright and early over here in CT watching on the TV too! Enjoy your day!

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  5. The cupscakes looks wonderful.

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  6. Hi Adora, in one word let me describe your cupcakes: Mmmmm! Clearly, the Royal Couple missed out on not having you cater their affair! Their loss. Great work and you the official winner of my, "Mmmm" award.

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  7. These cupcakes look fantastic! Especially the oreo ones :) So glad to be your newest follower!
    http://cookskinny.blogspot.com/

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  8. Wasn't that an amazing wedding , just like reading a romantic novel :), these cupcakes looks amazing and thank you for visiting my blog .

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  9. Incredibly beautiful cupcakes. I want one...maybe two. ;) The peanut brittle makes a fabulous garnish.

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  10. I REALLY want to buy some oreos now. These look so sinful. I'll have to remember this for when I get together with people who can help me eat them. Yummmy. :)

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  11. What an adorable and fitting breakfast! Plus, your cupcakes sound absolutely amazing. Peanut butter + Oreos sounds so good!

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  12. What a great idea! I love that you put an oreo surprise on the bottom.

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  13. Adora! Your cupcakes are to die for! Wish you could send some my way =)

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  14. WOW!!! These look absolutely amazing!

    My sisters and I have a linky party every Sunday called Everyday Sisters Sharing Sundays. We pick a theme each week and this week's theme is Chocolate. We would like to invite you to come by and link up your favorite chocolate recipes. The link is opened all week (until Sat) so please come by and say hi.

    http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com/2011/07/everyday-sisters-sharing-sundays-3.html

    Ellen

    http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com

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