Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes {Recipe}

Chocolate and peanut butter… a marriage made in heaven!

I recently found some cute tiny sized Reese’s peanut butter cups at the store and thought they would look perfect on cupcakes.  I mean how could topping a cupcake with pieces of candy ever be a bad idea?  I used my favorite Chocolate cupcake recipe and topped it with about the most delicious frosting ever!  If you don’t like chocolate and peanut butter together, I can’t help you… but if you do, make sure you have a big glass of milk on hand and go make these!

Chocolate Cupcakes

(makes 24-27 standard sized cupcakes)

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (best quality available)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (best quality available)
1 cup boiling water

Directions-
1.  Line muffin tin with paper liners. Heat oven to 350*F.
2.  In a large mixing bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3.  Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for one minute.
4.  Stir in boiling water (the batter will be thin, don’t worry, this is right).
5.  Fill liners 2/3 full with batter. (I usually put the batter into a large measuring cup with a pour spout, and     then pour the batter into the liners.)
6.  Bake cupcakes for approximately 22-24 minutes.
7.  Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 cup smooth peanut butter (chose a natural peanut butter, with no added sugar)

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese (cold, directly from fridge)

4 cups powdered sugar

1 tablespoon heavy cream (or milk)

Beat the butter until smooth.  Add the cream cheese, and continue to beat until smooth and fully combined with the butter.  Add the peanut butter and beat until well combined. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue to mix until the frosting is smooth. Add in the cream, and beat another 30 seconds.  Frost cupcakes.

Frosting Recipe by Glorious Treats
Cupcakes Recipe Adapted from Hershey’s

Enjoy!

Thanks for a Glorious Year!

One year ago this week I posted the first post on this little blog.  That first post wasn’t just a whim, I’d been thinking and planning of starting a blog for at least 6 months, but didn’t want to begin posting until I had a clear plan.  I started with my “blog binder”, which I still look to several times a week.  This binder is where I write my ideas, plan posts, and keep records.  Although I began this blog with some plans, as with most things in life, the plans have changed and been adjusted along the way.  I am still learning all the time… about blogging, food, photography, and balancing my time (between blogging/ homeschooling/ housekeeping/ living).  This blog has reached and surpassed many of my expectations, and I really appreciate each of you who have been reading, commenting and encouraging me along the way.
I have lots of plans (in my trusty binder) for fun (and sweet!) things to come, but today I want to take a little time to express my heartfelt thanks to those of you who have joined me on this sweet journey.  I really appreciate each and every person who reads this blog!  I love reading each comment (I promise I see each one, even if I don’t always have time to reply).
I want to express special thanks to a few of the gorgeous blogs that have shared my work, included me on their blog rolls, and have offered encouragement time and time again…
And heartfelt thanks to some of my personal friends for being such amazing cheerleaders… 
My dear husband James, Amy Middleton, Tara Loorz, Lacie Robertson, Joy Adams, Cecilia Midgette, Shelly Lange, Kathy Mullisen, Heather Serpa, Carolyn Holcomb, Jeanna Robertson, Sharon Flath, Sharnel Dollar, Callye Alvarado, Maryann Rollins. 
And MANY others who have offered encouragement, commented frequently, and been more than willing to eat all of my baking “experiments”.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Here’s to another Glorious Year!

Host the Party of the Year {Giveaway!}

I love to host a fun party…
And today I want to help YOU host one! 
To celebrate the one year anniversary of Glorious Treats I’ve enlisted the help of many of my favorite vendors to help YOU host the party of the year!
I’ve put together an incredible prize pack worth over $300.00!!!
One lucky Glorious Treats reader is going to win it all!
Each of these prizes was hand picked by me because I really love these shops!  Please take some time to visit these wonderful vendors and be sure to bookmark them as great sources for all your party needs.
Now, here is what one lucky Glorious Treats reader will win…
(REALLY… ALL of it!!)
Start the party off right with the Essentials… Invitations, wardrobe and decor.

$30 Gift Certificate- This lovely shop is one of my favorite sources for gorgeous and original invitations and labels.
One custom name and age banner ($20.00 value).  These adorable banners are a great way to personalize your party.
Polka-Dot Market
$25.00 Gift certificate-  Polka-dot Market is an adorable shop full of classy and colorful party ware, favor bags & boxes, balloons, paper lanterns, and more!
A custom children’s shirt of your choice (up to $29.95 value).  Modern Frills shirts and tanks are high quality shirts customized with adorable fabric appliques.
Keep your guests smiling with some gorgeous Sweets…
 1 dozen Designer Chocolate Dipped Oreos ($18.00 value).  Gorgeous custom oreos that taste as good as they look!
 2 dozen Custom Decorated Sugar Cookies ($50.00 value).  Beautiful and delicious sugar cookies, hand-decorated with care. 
 2 dozen Handmade Marshmallows ($20.00 value).  Handmade marshmallows in a variety of delicious flavors.
 1 dozen Macarons ($17.95 value).  Beautiful and delicious treats.
Complete the party with some special Details…
Party Package ($45.00 value).  Party packages includes a custom fondant cake topper, 2 dozen fondant cupcake toppers and matching cupcake liners.  Create a gorgeous cake display, the easy way!   
$25.00 gift certificate- Garnish is a wonderful source for fun striped straws, favor boxes, cellophane bags and more!
$20.00 gift certificate - Simply Caked carries a beautiful assortment of cupcake liners, cookie cutters, and baking supplies.
Are you in the party mood now?  Would you like to win all of those incredible prizes?!!
~ Here’s how to enter ~
For one entry- Become a follower of Glorious Treats (click “follow” over on the right sidebar) or let me know you already are.
For a second entry- “Like” Glorious Treats on Facebook, then come back and leave a comment here that you “like” me  =)
For a third entry- Spread the word about this fun giveaway by posting on your blog or facebook -OR- Add Glorious Treats to the blog list on your blog (then leave a comment here telling me you shared or added Glorious Treats to your blog list).
For each entry PLEASE include your e-mail address. Entries with no contact information will not be valid.
A maximum of three entries per person.
The giveaway will end Saturday, February 26th at 9pm Pacific.
Giveaway open to U.S. residents only (due to shipping cost).
The winner will be chosen using Random.org
and will be posted here (and contacted via e-mail) by Tuesday, Feb. 28th.
~Giveaway Closed ~

Sweet things to come…

I’ve been busy baking the past few days and have lots of sweet things I’ll be sharing soon (one which just may involve chocolate and peanut butter!).  And as a fun note, the end of this month marks the one year anniversary for Glorious Treats (I still can decide if blog’s have anniversaries or birthdays?).  I am just so humbled that people (like you!) are reading, commenting and encouraging me on this sweet journey.  The roles I play as wife and mother are so important to me, but this blog is a special place that gives me a creative outlet I need in my life too. 
To celebrate this milestone, I have a really incredible giveaway planned for next week.  I’ve enlisted the help of many of my favorite vendors and we’re having a party!  Be sure to check in next week and join in the fun.

Sweet Places {Miette, San Francisco}

Last fall, when my lovely friend Sharnel and I spent some time in San Francisco, we made our way over to a special sweet shop called Miette.  We stopped by on a rainy Saturday morning, and had to walk a couple blocks in a light rain, but it was definitely worth the effort.  Miette is an adorable candy shop and bakery with a beautiful vintage feel.  The shop is full of antique tables and shelves, painted beautiful pastel colors.  Their large variety of sweets are displayed in pretty jars, vintage pottery and gorgeous cake stands!  Pretty sweets and beautiful cake stands in one place… yes, I was in heaven!  The shop is not real large, but they carry a wide variety of sweets.  In addition to the candy, there is a small bakery case where cupcakes and cakes are sold.  While Sharnel and I were buying some pretty pastel malt balls, a lady next to us was buying the same ones and mentioned they were for an Easter photo shoot.  We got to chatting, and found out she is a stylist for Pottery Barn Kids… oh the dream!  If you’re ever in San Francisco, Miette would be a perfect stop for any sweet lover!  For today, you can enjoy the shop here…

Have a sweet day!