Sunday, June 3, 2012

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Glaze

Having recently been on a sugar detox, cupcakes where high on my mind. But with only two of us, and most of my co-workers on a diet, I couldn’t really come up with a reason to make them, as there is no way I can make it through 18 cupcakes in a week. Enter invite to my neighbours 60th birthday party AND a cupcake contest by Easy Eats.  Now that is the perfect excuse, because now I can make two kinds of cupcakes and give most of them away (and just keep a few for us).

Easy Eats is my new favourite gluten free magazine. It comes out bi-monthly and electronically, so I can always reference it but it doesn’t take up any space in my house. It is very colourful and easy to read and well laid out. Plus it has a lot of fun recipes to make. In the latest issue they talked about Crave Bake Shop (a gluten free bakery in the states) winning twice on The Food Networks "Cupcake Wars". Now competing on a show like that is crazy enough, it’s even more awesome when the gluten free cupcakes win! Apparently there is one grand finally coming on June 10th. I am crossing my fingers that Crave Bakery comes out on top and show the world that gluten free baking can be just as good as gluten full baking. The last episode that Crave competed in was Madagascar themed and they had to use ingredients from the area. One of the recipes they came up with was Lightly Spiced Yam cupcake with Coffee Pastry Cream filing and Mascarpone Clove topping. I made these cupcakes as part of an Easy Eats contest. Normally I wouldn’t make cupcakes this complicated, but it was fun. I actually found them a little too sweet and if I were to make them again I would half the sugar, but I was surprised how good the yam blended into the cake! My boyfriend loves them. Yum.

Now since I wanted two types of cupcakes, but didn’t want to spend so much time on the second batch, I combined another Easy Eats recipe idea with the new Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Chocolate Cake mix. Easy Eats had a recipe for chocolate doughnuts with a peanut butter glaze, so I put their glaze on my chocolate cupcakes and boy are they delicious and super easy to make!

If you are craving cupcakes, here is my Easy Eats inspired recipe…

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Glaze

1 box of Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix
½ cup Peanut Butter
¼ cup Unsalted Butter
½ cup Icing Sugar
¼ cup Light Corn Syrup

Mix and bake chocolate cupcakes as per directions on the box. Let them cool completely on a wire rack. While they are cooling, place remaining ingredients in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Stir until mixture becomes smooth. Using a spoon drizzle glaze over top cupcakes. Crushed peanuts may be sprinkled on top for added effect if so desired.