I’ve been dying to make these cupcakes ever since I saw them on Gingerbread Bagels, and I figured that my friend’s birthday was the perfect time! Yes these cupcakes take more steps and require more time than most recipes that I post, but they are well worth it. Nothing can beat the expression of child-like joy that will fill the face of anyone who is lucky enough to bite into one of these fluffernutter-inspired cupcakes.
If don’t have two hours to dedicate to cupcake making, feel free to break this recipe up into various mini projects for a few days. You can make the marshmallow cream up to a week in advance, then make the frosting a day or two in advance, and finally pull it all together by making and decorating the cupcakes.
No this isn’t your everyday cupcake, but this is an ooey gooey indulgence that everyone should try at least once in their lives. Perhaps you save this recipe to your archives, or maybe you decide that you simply must try it today, but don’t let this delicious treat pass you by. Enjoy lovely readers!
Yield: 16 cupcakes
Adapted from the Cupcake Project
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 3/4 cups cake flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup lowfat milk
Peanut Butter Frosting:
From Brown Eyed Baker, Originally from Ina Garden
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup heavy cream (or milk)
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then add the sugar and mix until well combined.
- Add butter and mix on medium-low speed for three minutes. Because there is so little butter, you’ll end up with a very fine crumb texture.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
- Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be liquid.
- Fill cupcake liners just over 1/2 full.
- Bake for 14 minutes and then test to see if they are done. The cupcakes should appear white with specks of vanilla bean. They should not turn a golden brown. If they are not done, test again in two minutes.
- When the cupcakes are done, remove them immediately from the tins and leave them on a cooling rack (or just on your counter if you don’t own a cooling rack) to cool.
- To fill the cupcakes, first fit a piping bag with a round decorating tip and fill the piping bag with the marshmallow cream. Then take a completely cooled cupcakes, insert the tip into the cupcake. Push all the way down to the bottom of the cupcake and squeeze the marshmallow cream into the cupcake. Continue filling all of the cupcakes and set them aside.
- To make the peanut butter frosting, first place the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.
- To decorate the cupcakes, fit the piping bag with a decorating tip and fill the piping bag with the peanut butter frosting. Then pipe the frosting on the cupcake in a swirl, starting from the outside and working your way inward. Continue frosting all of the cupcakes. Finally either take some mini marshmallows and cut each one half then top the cupcakes with the marshmallows, or top the peanut butter frosting with some extra marshmallow cream.