I am still looking for different ways to use the leftover ground almonds I have (remember my marmalade loaf cake?) I will probably end up adding it to my muesli mix in the end, but I did manage to use up some of it in these cupcakes.
I found this recipe for chocolate and almond cupcakes on the Sainsbury’s recipes website. What’s not to love about a chocolate cupcake, eh!! I wanted to do something slightly different for the frosting though, and peanut butter came to mind. Chocolate and peanut butter? Win-win.
Ground almonds in a cake batter always gives a different texture to a standard sponge mixture. It works very well in a lot of cases.
The recipe itself is the ‘standard cream the butter and sugar, add eggs and then add dry ingredients’ format. Although the recipe didn’t call for it, I added a teaspoon of vanilla paste to the cake batter, because after all, what’s life without a bit of deviation!!
I really do need a holiday. My focus is not strong and I found myself thinking what the hell and being just a bit too casual about the whole process. I have made cupcakes plenty of times, and more than enough times to know things can and do go wrong.
This recipe claims to make 12 cupcakes, but I only managed to eke out 10 from the mixture. You know when you read the ingredients and think….surely not, there’s not enough here….and then you find it really only stretched to 10 cupcakes after all. I shouldn’t complain because the cupcake recipes I most often use claim to make 12 cupcakes and I get 18 out of them (smug face).
I looked up different recipes for peanut butter frosting but they all had ingredients I didn’t want to use. In the end I decided to wing it. I was so convinced the cakes would be a disaster that I didn’t measure what I did. Dear reader, I put some softened butter in a bowl, threw in some icing sugar, some vanilla essence and whisked it until it was light and fluffy. Dust cloud alert: mix well with a spoon before applying the electric whisk! Then I threw in a large quantity of peanut butter and whisked again. Quantities? I don’t know. But it worked. You can’t go far wrong with a frosting.
The end result: the cupcake is light and fluffy. I personally would have preferred a slightly more deep chocolatey flavour, but it’s fine as it is. I don’t know if that would have been the difference between using cocoa powder versus melted chocolate in the batter. The frosting is delicious (of course I licked the bowl) it has a good peanut butter flavour, but not overpowering and is not over-sweet.
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you a peaceful weekend 🙂