Halloween at my house over the years was always a serious occasion. There was always three things we could count on: homemade costumes, jello jigglers, and my dad scaring us. We were that house on the street with cobwebs everywhere and decorations on every window. I can’t even count how many fog machines we went through. Needless to say, my mom was always cooking up Halloween themed treats. Eating mummy hot dogs and spooky soda floats in our costumes seemed normal. Halloween was THE holiday. I mean just look at these pictures. We had some fun. (Apparently my brother never smiled around me but how cute was he as a little shark??)
With thinking of how to start off my few weeks of Halloween season, I took a little inspiration from back in the day and made some spider web cupcakes. I’ve been itching to share my peanut butter cake recipe with you all and now seemed like the perfect chance. After all, Halloween is all about candy so what’s better than a peanut butter and chocolate combo?
A few months ago I told someone I could make them a peanut butter cake. I didn’t exactly have a recipe for peanut butter cake… I had never made one before in my life. And there’s a reason that most bakeries don’t offer it; it usually is dry and crumbly. So here I went testing all the recipes out there, only to be let down. That meant I had to come up with one on my own. And oh boy did I find the perfect peanut butter cake. It’s not overpowering with peanut butter and it still soft and moist just like any other cake. The secret is in the ratio of peanut butter, oil, and butter. My simple guessing made some magic happen and I can’t keep this to myself.
The frosting is simply chocolate buttercream with black food coloring mixed in. Super easy. Starting off with a chocolate buttercream saves you from using so much black coloring and also saves your teeth from being black for the rest of the night. Tip: buttercream colors darken over time, so make your icing a day early and let it sit to get a rich, dark color.
Those neat spiderwebs tangled around the cupcake – marshmallows! How easy is this trick? Just melt the marshmallows and use your fingers to spread it around. Yes, it’s a little messy but hey, its Halloween.
I don’t usually eat a whole cupcake when I make them, and I had one of these down in under a minute. They’re delicious. Give this recipe a try and get in the Halloween spirit. Happy spooky baking!
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