You guys probably already know about my love of cupcakes. I’ve been baking cupcakes like crazy the past few weeks, and it’s been so much fun. There are few things I love more than baking for others, and cupcakes are my favorite thing to bake. I get into a rhythm and can have them done in practically no time. They feel comfortable, like I could make them with one hand tied behind my back (or, you know, holding a toddler, which I frequently do while baking). There’s something so rewarding about pulling a pan of perfectly baked cupcakes out of the oven, and the smell that lingers in my kitchen is definitely a plus.
This is the sixth chocolate cupcake recipe on this site, and I think it’s my favorite. I’ve made plenty more that never made it on here because they were too dry or not flavorful enough. In terms of chocolate cupcake recipes, this could be “the one.” Don’t get me wrong. All the ones I’ve posted are ones that I loved. This one just bakes up so, so beautifully – fluffy with a slightly rounded top. This recipe gives me chocolate cupcake perfection every.single.time. And I like things that are dependable. Don’t you?
I made these cupcakes for Eric’s birthday and again for a surprise engagement party for our friends Dan and Rebecca. They were well received both times, which is really no surprise considering chocolate and peanut butter is one of the best flavor combinations ever. This frosting is out of this world. It’s like peanut butter mousse, and I actually want to eat all of it instead of scraping most of it off my cupcake (I usually prefer a smaller frosting to cupcake ratio). It’s so smooth and fluffy and light and goes wonderfully with chocolate cupcakes. You can’t go wrong with this recipe.