It seems pretty much every day or week in the year is dedicated to some food group or another, to the point that it's getting a little bit daft. I mean Caesar Salad Day & Split Pea Soup Week, really? One of the more sensible events is National Cupcake Week which runs until this Friday, the ambition is to celebrate bakers creativity & passion, supporting & promoting local independent bakers as well as teaming up with some of the bigger boys of the baking world to raise money for CLIC Sargent. Hurrah for Cupcake Week I say! I never need an excuse to eat cake, but I've needed to find some fresh motivation to get back into my baking...consider me re-motivated.
So this was a complete experiment! I wanted to try & combine two of my favourite flavours in a cupcake, peanut butter & jam, or jelly if you're from tuther side of the pond? I don't normally keep peanut butter in the house, purely for the reason that it tends to disappear quite quickly, from jar to spoon to my tummy! I used my basic cupcake mixture as a base & gradually built up the flavour using crunchy peanut butter to add some texture. For the jammy bit, I made a light & fluffy butter cream flavoured with strawberry jam.
For the cakes
275g caster sugar
350ml natural greek yoghurt
1tsp vanilla extract
100g peanut butter
450g plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
2tsps baking powder
For the frosting
150g butter softened
250g icing sugar
Dash of milk
2tbsps strawberry jam
1. Melt the butter in a large bowl, beat together the eggs, vanilla & sugar then add it to the melted butter, stirring well. Next mix in the yoghurt, then add the peanut butter.
2. Sift in the dry ingredients & fold together. Spoon into paper cases & bake at 180c/GM4 for around 20 minutes. Lift out & leave to cool while you prepare the frosting.
3. Cream together the butter & sugar with a fork until smooth & creamy. At this point I switch to a spatula to mix in dash of milk to loosen it up a little. Finally beat in the strawberry jam until fluffy & a gorgeous shade of pink.
4. Frost your cakes as you wish, mine always look a little rustic! For the larger cakes I topped them with a chunk of a Reeces Peanut Butter Cup!
The little star shaped cakes I made using some silicon moulds which were a pressie for my birthday. I was always a bit sceptical about silicon bakeware, but they worked really well, the cakes popped out really easily & they washed up a treat...think I might be a convert?
So what's the verdict? DELICIOUS! The saltiness from the peanut butter in the cake is really balanced by the sweet sticky jam in the frosting. It's got me thinking about other combinations I could have a crack at....any ideas, please share, always up for a challenge :-)
Hope you enjoy what's left of Cupcake Week. Eat cake! Oh & if you were wondering Caesar Salad Day is July 4th & Split Pea Soup Week is in November, might give that one a miss? Till next time, Rebecca x
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