30 June 2010

Peanut Butter Chocolate High Hats

I saw these on Jamie’s Green Kitchen a long time ago. I’ve always been intrigued with the way they look, but was hesitant to make them. I thought that the peanut butter would be overwhelming.

It’s not, and they’re pretty fantastic. Although, naturally, I didn’t follow the entire recipe. I’ve given up on the Swiss Meringue Buttercream combination. The eggs and butter never stay stiff enough. And I don’t like the way it tastes. What I did turned out quite well. The cake recipe came from the cookbook Baking easy-to-make great home bakes by Carole Clements

Best-Ever Chocolate Cake
1/2 c Unsalted Butter
1 c Cake Flour
1/2 c Cocoa Powder
1 t Baking Powder
1/8 t Salt
6 Eggs
1 c Sugar
2 t Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place paper liners in cupcake pan.

Melt the butter over low heat; skim off any foam that rises to the surface. Set aside

Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together three times. Set aside

Place eggs and sugar in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of hot water. Beat with an electric mixer until the eggs double in volume and are thick enough to leave a ribbon trail, about 10 minutes. Add the vanilla.

Sift over the dry ingredients in three batches, folding carefully after each addition. Fold in the butter.

Divide the batter between the cups and bake about 18 minutes, until done. The cake will spring back when pressed, or a toothpick inserted will come out clean.

2 tubs Cool Whip
8 oz Cream Cheese
1 c Peanut Butter

Combine the peanut butter and cream cheese. Fold in the Cool Whip.

When the cupcakes have cooled cut a small slit into each one. Using a large tip for a piping bag, insert into the slit and fill each cupcake with the Cool Whip mixture. Then top the cupcakes with a generous portion of the frosting.

Chill the cupcakes until the frosting is set.

12 oz Semisweet Chocolate Chips
3 T Vegetable Oil

Melt chocolate over double boiler. Add the oil and stir until smooth. Pour into a deep container, such as a 2 c liquid measuring cup. Dip each cupcake in the chocolate so that the frosting is coated. Chill until ready to serve.

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