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These Cupcakes Bring Out The Kid In You


1 box yellow cake mix (I prefer Duncan Hines)
3 large eggs
3/4 c buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk regular milk is okay)
1 c Jif peanut butter, creamy
3/4 c strawberry or raspberry jam or filling (or your favorite flavor of jam)
1 c Land O’ Lakes butter room temp (2 sticks)
1/2 c shortening (preferably high ratio such as Sweetex)
3/4 c peanut butter, creamy
1 lb powdered sugar sifted
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 Tbsp half and half or cream for thinning
1 Tbsp meringue powder (prefered but optional)




Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake tins with cupcake papers. This recipe makes 24 so you’ll need 2 tins.
Combine first 4 ingredients in mixing bowl, beat on low for 1 minute to combine ingredients, then beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Batter will be thick.
Now fill cupcake papers approx. 2/3 full, I use a 2-inch cookie scoop level full so I get nice uniform sized cupcakes.
Bake for 20 to 22 minutes until light brown and tops spring back when tapped.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Using a small knife, make a 1/2″ wide circle cut going about 3/4″ into the center of the cupcake.
Remove the cake from that opening. (Wilton also makes a small tool for removing the center that is quick and easy to use.)
Repeat on all cupcakes.
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Fill a disposible pastry bag or a Ziploc with jam or filling. Cut the tip off leaving a 1/4 inch opening.
Now fill each opening on the top of the cupcakes with the jam, filling just to the top of the cupcake, do not over fill. Set aside and make your icing.
In mixing bowl combine butter, shortening and peanut butter, using flat paddle mix ingredients together until well blended and smooth.
Now add sifted powdered sugar and meringue powder (if you’re using it) and blend in on low speed until it’s incorporated. Add vanilla and half and half, one tablespoon at a time, just until icing is creamy and spreadable. If you need more than 4 tablespoons go ahead and add more, but I find 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) is perfect.

Beat on medium speed for 10 minutes to get a nice creamy icing.
Ice filled cupcakes using either a pastry bag or a knife. Store cupcakes in an airtight container in the fridge. Remove from fridge and let sit for a half hour or so before serving. Now just enjoy!


Source :  allrecipes.com