Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Vanilla Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling

I have been drooling over cupcakes. It seems like everywhere I turn this spring, the cupcakes are the thing. I took a gander over at www.crumbs.com and couldn't beleive that people pay $4.50 for a single cupcake!!

That's sheer madness - especially to a self-proclaimed frugalista like me. What that did was inspire me. Inspire me to make some fabulous forays in the cupcake kingdom that is springing up all around me.

The idea I decided to start with was simple - vanilla and peanut butter. Simple, not too rich, and packed with flavor. I borrowed some ideas from here and there and came up with this flavor packed treat that is easy on the wallet, long on flavor, sure to be a hit not only with kids, but with the slightly grown-up people, too.

And it's a lot easier to enjoy and share a dozen cupcakes when they cost less than one of the fancy gourmet ones!


Cake:
1 box white cake mix ($.49)
1 egg ($.12)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract ($.05)
1 1/4 C. water (free)
1/3 C. unsweetened applesauce ($.15)

Filling:
1/4 C. creamy peanut butter (free after coupons)
1 egg ($.12)
2 T. flour ($.05)
2 T. brown sugar ($.05)
1/3 C. granulated sugar ($.15)

Frosting & Garnish:
1 container of vanilla frosting ($.59)
1/2 C. creamy peanut butter (free after coupons)
1/4 C. finely chopped peanuts ($.25)

Heat oven to 350F. Line muffin tin with cupcake wrappers.

Combine all ingredients for cake in a large bowl and mix on slow speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Fill cupcake wrappers 2/3 full of batter.

Beat filling ingredients until well blended, drop 1 T. of mixture into the center of each cupcake.

Bake at 350F for 16-18 minutes, or until center is set and top is firm.

Combine peanut butter with frosting. Frost cupcakes once they've cooled completely. Roll edges of cupcake frosting in chopped peanuts.

Yields: 22 cupcakes
Cost: $2.02
Cost per cucpake: $.10

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