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If you love chocolate and peanut butter, try these hi-hat Buckeye Cupcakes! Dip homemade peanut butter frosting topped cupcakes in melted chocolate for a rich sweet treat.
You don’t have to live in Ohio or even love the Ohio State Buckeyes to crave buckeye candies! There’s something about this time of year (ahem…football season!) that makes me want chocolate and peanut butter more than ever. Cookies, dip, cheesecake and yes…now cupcakes!
We’ve already shared our tips for making buckeyes, but even if you don’t top these cupcakes with a traditional buckeye candy, you’ll definitely make an impression with the chocolate dipped, peanut butter frosting.
Let’s make them!
For this exact recipe, I kept things simple and spruced up a boxed cake mix. Butter and milk add richness to the cake mix. If you’re wanting from scratch chocolate cupcakes, give these a try!
These are officially called Hi Hat cupcakes, because the frosting is piled high and then dipped in a melted chocolate topping. I’m all about mounds and mounds of frosting over here, especially when it is peanut butter frosting!
This peanut butter frosting recipe tastes like the inside of a buckeye itself. Like who-needs-a-cupcake-just-give-me-a-spoon good. I try to save any extra frosting I may have by freezing it, but let’s be honest…it doesn’t last more than a day.
This frosting is easy to whip up. Be sure to use real butter and heavy cream, which makes the frosting super creamy. And because I know you’ll ask, I’ve never used natural peanut butter. I always just use traditional creamy peanut butter in this recipe.
It’s important to use a high-quality chocolate for dipping these cupcakes. I prefer a dark chocolate (at least 60% dark) because it melts more smoothly than milk chocolate.
Refrigerate the cupcakes after you pipe the “hat” on. That way when you dip them in the warm chocolate, it will harden quickly and not melt the frosting.
You can use a double boiler (low temperature) or the microwave (10-15 second intervals) for melting chocolate. With whatever method you choose, the key is to melt chocolate slowly. Take your time. If the chocolate gets too hot, it will seize up and become unusable. And when you spend money on high-quality chocolate, you don’t want to waste it!
If you’d like, after you are done dipping the buckeye cupcakes in chocolate, you can immediately place a buckeye candy on top. Don’t wait for this because the chocolate will set quickly. Do they really need the buckeye on top? Nope. But is extra candy always good. Yep.
Make these buckeye cupcakes for your next party!
This recipe was first published on OhioEggs.Com.