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Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting and Cracker Jack

There is some serious flavor in these Peanut Butter Cupcakes topped with Caramel Frosting and Cracker Jack.  
Course Cake
Cuisine American
Keyword cracker jack, cupcakes, peanut butter
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 352kcal
Author Jere ~ One Hot Oven

Ingredients

Making the peanut butter cupcakes

Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Cracker Jack

    Instructions

    Making the Peanut Butter Cupcakes

    • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare your cupcake pan with liners.
    • In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
    • Beat in the eggs one at a time.
    • Beat in the peanut butter.
    • Combine the dry ingredients and then add 1/3 at a time alternating the flour and milk. Beat well and scrape the sides of your bowl.
    • Scoop into the prepared cupcake pans and fill 2/3 full.  Bake for 16-20 minutes, until golden brown and an inserted toothpick, comes out clean.

    Caramel Buttercream Frosting

    • In a medium saucepan stir together the brown sugar, butter, and milk.
    • Cook over low heat to dissolve the brown sugar, then increase the heat to medium and cook for 4- 6 minutes without stirring. The mixture should be an amber color with small bubbles around the pan.
    • Set aside 3 tablespoons of the caramel to drizzle on the cupcakes.
    • Pour the remaining caramel into a mixing bowl and let cool. The mixture will thicken as it cools.
    • Slowly beat in the powdered sugar until the mixture is thick and creamy.  You may have to add some milk if your mixture is too thick.

    Decorating the cupcakes

    • You can frost the cupcakes with a knife or fill a pastry bag to frost the cupcakes. I use a Wilton 2D tip
    • Drizzle on the reserved caramel   You may have to heat the caramel a bit if it has thickened.  
    • Top each cupcake with Cracker Jack.
    • Store the cupcake in an airtight container for up to three days.

    Notes

    If you do not have a piping bag and tip, just frost the cupcakes with a knife and top with the Cracker Jack.  I promise they will still be pretty and taste delicious.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 12g | Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.4g | Saturated Fat: 18.5g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 167mg