Last Tuesday, Christian texts me at around 2pm and says, “Can you bake something tonight for my class tomorrow? I told my professor I would bring in baked goods for this thing we are having.” Now, I felt a little like a mom being solicited by her five-year-old son for goodies to bring to class for show-n-tell, but, being the wonderful girlfriend I am – and eager baker – I agreed. *Sigh*. I immediately set off on my next task of choosing a recipe. After coming up with several chocolaty delicious options, I asked Christian which he would prefer. He responded by asking if I could make something a little more seasonal.
Ehem – I previously asked him if he had any requirements or requests, specifically, if he wanted something seasonal. To this, he replied – anything but cookies. MEN!!! I spelled it out for him, and he STILL left me guessing.
Once I had my new requirements, I revised my list, which included pumpkin and apple treats. He responded to this saying he didn’t want pumpkin, because he was on pumpkin overload from Thanksgiving, and pumpkin is not as universally liked as apple. (There are people that don’t love pumpkin!?!?! BLASPHEMY, I say!) Anyway, with my list considerably narrowed down to basically nothing, I had an easy choice at this point to make Apple Spice Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting.
I have made this Apple Spice Cupcake before, and it is very moist, light, and refreshing! The spices blend perfectly to make this cupcake a nice treat even without the frosting! (But the frosting is so scrumptious, why would you ever omit it?!?!) The little bites of apple are a wonderful surprise, and luckily, the moisture in the apples is not too much to disintegrate these delicate cupcakes. I made full-size versions, which I have made before, and minis, which I hadn’t yet tried. I was a little worried about the minis, seeing as there is so much apple in these cupcakes that I was not sure there was enough batter to hold the minis together. I worried for nothing though, because the minis turned out delightfully. They held together nicely and were equally as delicious as the full-sized version.
I love minis because you can make more portions and feed more people with the same amount of batter and, at least for me, a mini is usually a much more manageable size to eat (at least, for my waistline!). The only time they are not ideal is when you want a filling. Minis are a tad bit small to core out the center and fill!
Last time I made these cupcakes, I made a Salted Caramel Frosting to go with them. While delicious, I wanted to change it up a bit this time, and peanut butter immediately came to mind. Apples and peanut butter are a wonderful combination. If you have never tried it, go grab yourself an apple and a jar of peanut butter and go to town. Trust me. You will never see an apple the same way again. I wasn’t quite sure how apple spice and peanut butter would work together, but I am an adventurous soul, so I went for it. And I’m glad I did.
I just love peanut butter. I’m pretty sure I would love this frosting on pretty much anything. Like, really. By itself is great. It is just a less peanutty, lighter, fluffier, and thinner peanut butter. And it paired quite nicely with the apple spice. I will definitely make this again and again…I think next time I will pair it with chocolate…mmmm…I love peanut butter and chocolate….mmm…Ok, I’m back. I hope you make these and love them too! Enjoy!
Apple Spice Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Check out my earlier post for the Apple Spice Cupcakes from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Peanut Butter Frosting
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup heavy cream
- In a medium bowl, add the peanut butter, confectioners sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy and smooth.
- Slowly add the cream and beat on very high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Spread on cooled cupcakes and top with sprinkles (optional).