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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mr. Goodbar Cupcakes

Sorry there was no poll this week. My dad chose the cupcake flavor, and he reigns supreme! Ever since I was little, I can remember my dad buying those bags of fun-size Hershey's assorted candy bars. His favorite is and has always been Mr. Goodbar (with Special Dark at a close 2nd). Recently over dinner, he randomly suggested that I make Mr. Goodbar cupcakes. How could I say no?? If you are not familiar with Mr. Goodbar, it's a milk chocolate candy bar with chopped peanuts mixed in. For the cupcake version, I made peanut butter cupcakes with a piece of Mr. Goodbar baked on top. Then I topped them with milk chocolate frosting. I had a hard time with this frosting recipe. It's from Cupcakes Galore by Gail Wagman. The original recipe was soupy like a glaze and not very chocolatey. I probably ended up adding about 6 more ounces of chocolate plus another cup of confectioners' sugar before I got it to a spreadable consistency. I won't be making it again. The cupcakes themselves, however, are DELICIOUS! Very peanut buttery! I'll definitely call this recipe from Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivans a keeper!

PS: Remember this idea when you have a Halloween bag FULL of those fun-sized candy bars and don't want your kids overdosing on candy!

Ingredients Butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter ready to meet each other!
Deeeeeelicious batter!
Ready for the oven!Cooling and looking good so far! Tada! I used peanuts from a bag of trail mix so they'd be unsalted. :D Doesn't that look so yummy!?

MY NOTES: I don't recommend the frosting recipe. It's hard to work with, very sweet, and does not have a pronounced chocolate flavor.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes (from Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivans)
Makes 12-14 (Recipe says 12, I got 14)

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup milk (any fat content)

Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin tin cups with paper cupcake liners.

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar until smoothly blended and lightened in color, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing. Mix in the egg. Add the vanilla and beat for 1 minute, or until the batter is smooth. On low speed, add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and mixing just until the flour is incorporated and the batter looks smooth.

Fill each paper liner with a generous ¼ cup of batter, to about 1/3 inch below the top of the liner. (At this point, I placed ½ of a bite sized Mr. Goodbar in the center of each cupcake and lightly pressed it down.) Bake just until the tops feel firm and are lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 22 minutes (If you put chocolate on yours, insert the toothpick from the side diagonally toward the center). There may be a few small cracks on top. Cool the cupcakes for 10 minutes in the pan on a wire rack.

Carefully place the wire rack on top of the cupcakes in their pan. Protecting your hands with pot holders and holding the pan and rack together, invert them to release the cupcakes onto the wire rack. Turn the cupcakes top side up to cool completely.

Milk Chocolate Frosting (from Cupcakes Galore by Gail Wagman)

3 oz. milk chocolate (I ended up using about 10 oz altogether!)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar (I added another 3/4 cup to make it spreadable)
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat chocolate and butter in a double boiler or microwave until just melted. Remove from heat and cool.
Using a whisk or wooden spoon, beat sugar, salt, cream, and vanilla until smooth. Add cooled chocolate mixture and beat until blended. (If frosting is too soft, put it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes to harden it a bit. Beat it again until it becomes spreadable.)

Overall rating on a scale of 1-5
Moistness: 4
Tenderness: 5
Frosting: 2

16 comments:

AznHyperGirl said...

wow ... those look really really yummy! I def want to try these!! ... if this frosting isn't good, which frosting would you suggest??

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

AHG, I'd suggest this chocolate frosting instead: http://howtoeatacupcake.net/2007/09/hersheys-dark-chocolate-minis-w-dark.html

Happy cook said...

Wow they look so delicious.
I really wish i was living next door to you.
I would have been a regular visitor when you make all your cup cakes.

kamailesfood said...

These look fabulous. I love Mr. Goodbar!

Adam said...

Ah, Mr. Goodbar.... such nice Halloween memories. I'm glad you did a tribute to him, I would of never seen a cupcake of this greatness otherwise :)

Tell you pops good pick. Does the lucky guy get to try all your cupcakes? He should give us some ratings too :)

abigail @ Piece of Cake said...

mmm...candy

mmm...cupcake

mmm...candy

two of my favorites, together at last :)

Kelli said...

Yummr! hey, I have that same cupcake caddy, but I found they travel better if I just use a cupcake muffin pan instead of the white try, mine always fall out if they are top heavey, which is how I like them. hehe

Snooky doodle said...

wow i love peanut butter and chocolate these look so so so delicious.

susan said...

peanut butter and chocolate are a great combination. they look goooood.

nolly said...

Hi cassie.
I love to read ur blog!
Its really yummy! =)
I just create my own blog, I hope u dont mind if i put ur blog link at my blog!

Have a nice day!

Little Miss Quynh said...

i think the only problem i'd run into making these eating all the Mr. Goodbar's first! haha they look delicious!

Dee said...

Oh Lordy! Would you look at that! I think I put on some just drooling over your pictures - although you'd think with all that drooling I should be lighter.

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they look so delicious.
i am hungry now..
anyway thanks you for the nice blog.

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eunice of bonsai cakes said...

i tried these, cut down the peanut butter and they were AWESOME AND SOFT!!!!!!!!!!!! I think my milk content was a little more though as my batter was softer - a good thing i hope! i'm doing an entry to show off the fancy state I dressed it up in later, thank you so much for the recipe!

audrey said...

after trying this recipe twice, i have to ask - did your cupcakes have moist centers (muffin texture) and a crispy edge? it could be my oven but they were very golden on the outside while the centers took a lot longer to become firm.

i've really enjoyed reading your blog! keep up the excellent work.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Audrey, in my experience with peanut butter cupcakes, they have all been a little crunchy around the top edges. It's okay because then the top tastes like a peanut butter cookie! :D