I’ve got Peabody to thank for this new obsession but I wish I could say that I came up with the idea on my own because it really is a brilliant one. Dulce de leche + peanut butter + heavy cream. That’s it. Three ingredients make up one of the most extraordinary fillings you could ever imagine. We all know how dreamy dulce de leche is on it’s own but adding peanut butter? Oh mylanta!
So I’ve use this filling twice already and get the same knee-wobbling reaction from everyone who’s tried it. It’s that good. This time around, I filled my favorite chocolate cupcakes with it (using the cone method to cut out the cake), topped them with the best peanut butter frosting ever and then of course, threw a few obligatory bits of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on top. These cupcakes had people coming back to my cupcakes at Cupcake Camp New Haven two and three times. When you’re faced with a room of 2000 cupcakes and you have repeat visitors, you know they’re that good.
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Peanut Butter Dulce de Leche Cupcakes
Devil’s Food Chocolate Cupcakes: Martha Stewart (yields 24-27 cupcakes)
Peanut Butter Frosting: Ina Garten (a double recipe will yield enough for 2 dozen cupcakes)
Peanut Butter Dulce de Leche: adapted from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody, recipe follows
For the Peanut Butter Dulce de Leche:
(enough to fill at least 2 dozen standard cupcakes)
- 1 cup Dulce de Leche (I bought mine, you can make yours)
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- ¼ -1/3 cup heavy cream (depending on how thick you want your sauce/filling)
In a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, heat together peanut butter, Dulce de Leche, and ¼ cup heavy cream, whisking the whole time until all the ingredients are fully combined and sauce is smooth. If sauce is too thick, add more cream. You want to make sure you can pipe it into the cupcakes, so add the extra cream in small amounts until you reach the right thickness. Keep in mind that the sauce will thicken as it cools. Heat until warm.