PB & Grape Cupcakes – A USA jet-lagged brainchild!

PB&Grape Cupcakes for a true American flavour kick!

PB&Grape Cupcakes for a true American flavour kick!

I must firstly apologise on this post as it has been about 3 months since my last post.  I have been been baking, I promise, but finding an hour to sit and blog seems beyond me as of late.  Despite that though I have been making various combinations and a successful one as of late has been the beetroot brownie route which has kept my mate Nic very happy…especially her paleo carrot cake which I made.  Anyhoo, back on to more pressing matters, namely this post…inspired by my total love for peanut butter and my obsession with American Grape flavour.  I am sat here blogging, still jet-lagged after a speedy 1 week trip to Vegas for Viva Las Vegas, which was AWESOME but for some reason I am seriously feeling the effects more so this time around.  I managed to grap a few bags of these nifty Welch’s PB&J snack sweets at a gas station and this is where my already much appreciated Goober came in to play.  Add to that me bringing back about 10 sachets of KoolAid at only 20c each and you have a rather exciting PB&Grape Cupcake.  This is a new recipe, based on my basic core recipe and is really a trial and error, some may love this (peanut butter-aholics) and some will grimace in horror (Grant) but it seemed as good a chance as any to get a new post up and to try something a bit different.  Enjoy!

PB&Grape combos ROCK!

PB&Grape combos ROCK!

Ingredients

Cake

  • 40g Stork
  • 120g plain flour
  • 1/2tbsp of baking powder
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 free range egg
  • 120ml semi-skimmed milk
OMG Peanut Butter Frosting
  • 1/4 cup Butter or Willow
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter (Sunpat)
  • 1cup icing sugar
  • A splash of milk
  • A dash of vanilla extract

Grape KoolAid Frosting

  • 50g Willow
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 1/2 sachet KoolAid Grape dissolved in 1tsp of water
Decoration
  • Welch’s PB&J Sweets

Method

  1. Preset your oven to 190degrees or 170degrees fan assisted
Whazz up the dry ingredients with the Stork until breadcrumbed in texture

Whazz up the dry ingredients with the Stork until breadcrumbed in texture

Now to make purple happen...it's a tricky one with food gels but the USA Americolour is actually a banned E number here so we do what we can :)

Now to make purple happen…it’s a tricky one with food gels but the USA Americolour is actually a banned E number here so we do what we can :)

Whisk in to the eggs, milk and vanilla essence to make a murky colour...this should (hopefully) look more purple when baked

Whisk in to the eggs, milk and vanilla essence to make a murky colour…this should (hopefully) look more purple when baked

Mix one last time all together with the dry until you have this mix

Mix one last time all together with the dry until you have this mix

Now this is GOOBER!  It's amazing!  Grant hates Grape flavour but I love it, hence why our good mates Chris and Claire got me a jar for my 30th last year...Look how pretty and swirly it is!!

Now this is GOOBER! It’s amazing! Grant hates Grape flavour but I love it, hence why our good mates Chris and Claire got me a jar for my 30th last year…Look how pretty and swirly it is!!

Fill a cupcake tray with pretty cases, add a spoonful of mix and then 1tsp of Goober.  Try to get a jam and PB mix in there to ensure tastiness

Fill a cupcake tray with pretty cases, add a spoonful of mix and then 1tsp of Goober. Try to get a jam and PB mix in there to ensure tastiness.

Now place the cake in the oven for about 15minutes…remove from the oven and leave to cool before frosting.  Meanwhile…

Time for OMG Peanut Butter Frosting...mix Willow and icing sugar until sand textured...

Time for OMG Peanut Butter Frosting…mix Willow and icing sugar until sand textured…

Pop the peanut butter in and then add the splash of milk until it comes together...mix on high for 2mins until light and fluffy

Pop the peanut butter in and then add the splash of milk until it comes together…mix on high for 2mins until light and fluffy

Now it's time for Grape KoolAid frosting

Now it’s time for Grape KoolAid frosting

Put the grape frosting down one side of a piping bag and the peanut butter down the other side...this will make swirls!

Put the grape frosting down one side of a piping bag and the peanut butter down the other side…this will make swirls!

Pipe on to the cupcakes...the pictures don't really pick out the two tone qualities but they are very pretty!

Pipe on to the cupcakes…the pictures don’t really pick out the two tone qualities but they are very pretty!

Top with purple sprinkles and Welch's PB&J sweets

Top with purple sprinkles and Welch’s PB&J sweets

All done and ready for consumption!

All done and ready for consumption!

Admittedly a lot of this recipe relies on USA products, but it’s easy to source them.  Most of the American sweet shops stock KoolAid sachets and so you can pick them up quite easily.  As for Goober you can just use peanut butter or normal jam for the insides.

Enjoy a taste-sensation from across the big pond.

Happy Baking

ZoBird xxx

 

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