Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter & Graham Cracker Frosting

New Yorkers truly are spoiled when it comes to food. You name a food and you can get it pretty much any hour of the day, with as little effort as hopping on the subway for a stop or two.


As a cupcake obsessed New Yorker, I've had my fair share of taste tests all over the city. While I do have a favorite bakery or two, I prefer to bake my own when I can. For one thing, nothing tastes sweeter than a homemade treat, but it's also a ton of fun to get creative with ingredients.

These cupcakes I made over the weekend - had to celebrate my day off! - came out great. The cake was uber-decadent but what really made them wonderful was the buttercream frosting I whipped up.

For those of you who may not be aware, there's this place in Greenwich Village called Peanut Butter & Co. Sandwich Shop. If you ever make a trip to the city, you can't leave without having lunch here - especially if you're as big a peanut butter lover as I am.

Luckily, if you can't get to their sandwich shop you can still get your hands on Peanut Butter & Co.'s uh-mazing spreads. Not only are they all natural, the spreads are infused with lots of unexpected flavor.

I used their honey peanut butter in fact, for this buttercream frosting. Combined with crumbled graham cracker, it was so yummy - and really cut back big time on the amount of sugar I used.

Here's the easy buttercream frosting I used if you'd like to recreate! I loved this paired with chocolate cupcakes. I went the extra step and crumbled a couple of graham crackers at the bottom of my cupcake liners to give my cupcakes a nice crunchy base.

Ingredients:

2 sticks of butter (at room temperature)

2 tablespoons of milk

5 tablespoons of Peanut Butter & Co.'s Bees Knees Peanut Butter

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

2 graham crackers, finely crumbled

Directions:

Start by mashing your butter in a glass bowl with a fork. Next, mix in your milk.

Once combined, use an electric hand mixer to cream it. You want your butter to be lighter in color and fluffy before mixing in your other ingredients.

When your butter reaches the right consistency (about 5 minutes) start adding your Bees Knees peanut butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Once the one tablespoon is incorporated, add the next.

After all 5 tablespoons of the peanut butter have been added, give it a taste. My cupcakes weren't as sweet, so I wanted my buttercream to make up for that so I added two tablespoons of powdered sugar to the mix.

Finally, fold in your crumbled graham crackers and frost your cupcakes!

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