Chocolate Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Icing from my BFF Ina
So, I dream of getting invited to Ina Garten’s house in the Hamptons for dinner. Or lunch. Or brunch. Or breakfast. Okay, I’ll take anything – package of ramen, box of Mac & Cheese or a McDonald’s Happy Meal. I just love the Barefoot Contessa. And her husband, Jeffrey is just too sweet and way smart.
However, since that probably won’t be happening anytime soon, I’ll have to satisfy my Ina obsession with a few of her recipes.
The cupcakes are made with Dutch-processed cocoa (I get mine at Penzey’s or Surfas) and the peanut butter is Skippy creamy (you need a non-natural peanut butter so the, um, chemicals and emulsifiers keep the stuff together).
The recipe says 14-15 cupcakes, but I got 20 out of the batter.These were a hit at work. Especially with the not-so-secret society of peanut butter and chocolate admirers. Their eyes lit up at the sight and smell of these! One said I could barter anything with her simply with peanut butter payment. If you have one of these people in your life, make these cupcakes for them!
Gold medal beach volleyball game tonight with Misty and Kerri!! And I can’t wait to see BMX biking – who knew the neighborhood kids could have grown up to be Olympic athletes! Who needs Project Runway and reality TV when we have real life drama! :) [Well, that's what the DVR is for...]