Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing – better than Peanut Butter cups!

Still visiting college daughter who along with her roommates were having a Dungeons and Dragons event last night.  I admit to having pretty much no clue what the game entails, even after several explanations during the event preparations but there were a lot of enthusiastic college students involved.  I was asked to provide a dessert for the festivities.  Since time and daughter’s kitchen were somewhat limited, we decided on cupcakes, choosing The Barefoot Contessa’s Chocolate Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Icing   They were pretty simple to make although I did double the cupcake recipe and triple the icing.  (I was advised that in the event there was any leftover icing it wouldn’t be a problem.)  Using a pastry bag we filled the cupcakes with frosting using a long thin pastry tube.  If I had more time I would have cut small holes to make room for a little more filling, but this worked and it was quick.  Also, for those who don’t like peanut butter – I can’t imagine but there are some, a few of them were left unfilled and topped with a quick chocolate Ganache dip (4 oz of good quality chocolate melted by mixing with 4 oz of  not quite boiling heavy cream).

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