I say these next words with pride and joy (and a touch of sadness), Miss A is now officially out of diapers. She’s been out of diapers for a few months, but now we’re officially past the “training” point. So this week we celebrated with a “Big Girl” party at Grammie’s house complete with all of Miss A’s favorites – mac and cheese, baby oranges, hot dogs and a new dessert that we found on First Look, Then Cook – Peanut Butter Cupcakes.
Both Mr. N and Miss A were very excited about this new adventure – Mr. N because he thinks we should be trying new desserts weekly as a part of this experience, and Miss A because she loves anything with peanut butter and chocolate! Now the first thing I’ll say is that I’m not a baker – at least not one that enjoys baking cakes or anything that involves frosting. I’m just not good at it and I don’t find any pleasure in it, but for my little ones I’ll give anything a shot. Fortunately for my first cupcakes from scratch I had the help of Miss A and one of Mr. N’s friends, Mr. R. (Mr. N was off playing with Mr. R’s twin, Mr. L.)
Both Miss A and Mr. R were very helpful in preparing the batter – even taking turns with the hand mixer. The batter looked smooth and smelled delicious, but it didn’t seem to be the consistency of what I think of as cupcake batter. That said, my taste testers approved so we pressed on. We baked the cupcakes for 20 minutes and turned them out to cool. (One jumped a little too far and right into the dish water! Oops!)
The next step in the recipe is creating the milk chocolate frosting. I don’t believe mine turned out like it’s supposed to; even after cooling, it was quite runny. My taste testers still approved though.
Again, baking cakes/cupcakes is not my forte – and neither is frosting. If I make these again I’ll go the store-bought frosting route. I’m truly so impressed with all the cupcake bakers and cake frosters out there. It is an art form as far as I’m concerned!
As for our little peanut butter muffins…they turned out cute, if not messy, but were a hit all around. Four out of five kids approved and all the grown-ups ate them up too! I’m glad we found this recipe for our “big girl” and she was too! Miss A was very happy and feeling like a proud big girl. As her mom this is one of those bittersweet moments. My baby girl is growing up!
For this recipe visit: First Look, Then Cook