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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes for Anya: Inspired by Spy x Family

Inspired by Spy x Family, I'm making Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes for Anya. Anya is just the cutest and since she loves peanuts so much, I wanted to make something special just for her! The base of this dessert is a soft and moist peanut butter cupcake. It is filled with a super easy, fresh, and tart strawberry jelly and with a fluffy peanut butter swiss meringue buttercream that is so smooth and yummy! A delicious and fun take on a classic PB & J!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Assembly Time 10 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 18 cupcakes

Ingredients
  

For the Peanut Butter Cupcakes:

  • 1 ½ cup 255g 1 to 1 Gluten Free baking flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum omit if your blend already contains it
  • 200 g peanut butter I used crunchy
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 225 g granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (112g) vegetable or other neutral flavoured oil
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • ¾ cup lukewarm water or milk I use water

For the Strawberry Jelly:

  • 500 g fresh/frozen strawberries I used frozen
  • 135 g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

For the Peanut Butter Swiss Meringue Buttercream:

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 215 g granulated sugar
  • 200 g unsalted butter softened
  • 200 g peanut butter smooth or crunchy melted and cooled (beware: crunchy will get stuck in small piping tip)
  • Pink or red gel food coloring

Instructions
 

For the Peanut Butter Cupcakes:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (with convection). Line two muffin tins with liners and set them aside
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl) add all of the ingredients except for the water/milk, and mix with the paddle attachment.
  • Start on low and speed up once it starts to come together. Let it mix for 1 minute.
  • Add in the water/milk and let it mix on high for about 30 seconds until smooth. Be careful, the liquid can splash out!
  • Divide the batter into the cupcake tray, each cup should be about ⅔ of the way full.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the tops are springy to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes before removing and letting them cool completely on a wire rack.

For the Strawberry Jelly:

  • Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan on medium low heat and stir to prevent burning on the bottom.
  • Simmer for 5 mins until thick and soft. Mash slightly.
  • Simmer for 5 more mins until nice and thick, blitz in a food processor until smooth.
  • For the Peanut Butter Swiss Meringue Buttercream:
  • Add egg whites and sugar to a heatsafe bowl over a pot of simmering water (bain marie). Make sure the water doesn’t touch the bowl!
  • Gently whisk the sugar and egg whites together until all of the sugar is dissolved. Test if it’s done by carefully rubbing some of the mixture between your figures.
  • Transfer the mixture to a stand mixer and using the whisk (balloon) attachment, mix for about 10-15 minutes and the bowl is completely cool. Mixture should be really light and fluffy.
  • On medium speed, add softened butter in little cubes or single pieces at a time. Take your time and keep going.
  • Once fully combined and silky smooth looking, add in your peanut butter and let whip until combined and fluffy.
  • Add pink coloring, whip to get consistent color and you're done!

To assemble:

  • Use an apple corer to remove the centers of the cupcakes. Fill the cavity with jelly.
  • Pipe or use a paddle to frost your cupcakes.
  • Top with a drizzle of jelly and some roasted peanuts. Don’t skip on the jelly topping! It is honestly the best. And your cupcakes are ready to enjoy!
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