Peanut Butter-Pepperoni Concoction

Peanut Butter Pepperoni Cupcake

I know what you're thinking...     Peanut Butter = Yum!     Pepperoni = Yum!     Cupcakes = Double Yum!!!          Peanut Butter Pepperoni Cupcakes = WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!

Well let me begin by saying that one person liked the first batch so much that they asked me to make it again! For the most part, others who taste tested this experiment thought that is was "good" or "interesting". Only one person who tried it said that they flat out did not like it...

If you're non-vegetarian and enjoy sweet and salty combined then you would enjoy this peanut butter pepperoni cupcake, topped with cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with grated  pepperoni.

How did I come up with this concoction? Honestly, I've been wanting to put pepperoni in a cupcake for a while now and was hunting through my pantry for something to pair it with... And what did I find? That's right... Peanut Butter!   Wanna try it?   See the recipe below:

Cross Section of Peanut Butter Pepperoni Cupcake

0. 75 cup Reduced Fat Peanut Butter 
0. 5 cup sugar
1. 5 cup self-rising flour
0. 75 cup of vegetable oil or butter
3. 0 eggs
0. 75 cups evaporated milk
1 . 0 cup grated pepperoni
Grated Pepperoni

Peanut Butter Pepperoni Batter
With a mixer on medium speed combine oil and sugar, until it appears like wet sand (if using butter, cream until light and fluffy). Beat in eggs one at a time until completely incorporated.  Next, add peanut butter to mixture and combine fully. (Mixture will appear a little sticky) In a separate bowl, sift self-rising flour. Alternate the addition of the dry ingredients with the milk, in a 3 : 2 ratio. Fold 0. 75 cup loosely packed grated pepperoni into batter until evenly distributed.  

Scoop into lined cupcake pans and bake until pick inserted in the middle of each cake comes out clean. (20-25 minutes) Makes 18 cupcakes.

Note: The pepperoni and peanut butter will produce some oil as the cakes bake causing the cupcake liner to separate effortlessly from the cupcake when it cools.
Decorated Peanut Butter Pepperoni Cupcakes
I made and decorated the batch pictured above for a friend's get-together and made my first fondant ruffles...  :) What do you think?

If you tasted this cake you are also welcome to share their comments below.

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