This is the first day of Cupcake Week! Today’s cupcake is inspired by the amazing Reese’s peanut butter cups and features a dense devil’s food cake, peanut butter filling, and chocolate ganache. Sounds decadent and oh-so-unhealthy, doesn’t it?
This cupcake is named after my good friend Ben for a few reasons. The first reason is because he will shove every pastry into his face before you can blink. The second is because I like to joke and call him a polar bear, or PB, which also is short for peanut butter! The last reason is because I always think of him when I eat peanut butter since he’s super ticklish so his siblings tortured him when he was a child by covering him with peanut butter and setting the dogs loose on him! XD
I love chocolate ganache. I use it as a topping on EVERYTHING because it is simple, gorgeous, and amazingly-delicious! I felt that chocolate ganache was the perfect topping for this cupcake because it would leave a finish that looked like a Reese’s peanut butter cup – nice and smooth and chocolaty on top!! (That was the reason I chose to make them in the foil baking cups as well!) Then I chopped up some Reese’s peanut butter cups (it was difficult making sure my housemates didn’t eat them when I wasn’t looking!) and put them on top.
Recipe after the cut!