fudgey peanut butter stuffed chocolate mousse birthday cupcakes!

Missing someone isn’t about how long it has been since you’ve seen them or the amount of time since you’ve talkedit’s about that very moment when you’re doing something and wishing they were right there with you.

These past few months, those moments have been too infinite to count (although we wouldn’t be able to stop talking constantly even if we tried, and our three-hour long skype sessions pretty much disqualify the latter…)

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Amy–Happy birthday to one of the most amazing people I know!

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I miss you more than words can describe, and this whole semester I’ve been wishing you were with me every second! You are my inspiration, the source of my stroganoff and support, my little personal day brightener, and the best friend I could ever ask for.

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We may have been thousands of miles apart for an astounding long amount of time, but you’d never know it from our friendship. We can still skype for hours upon end, read each other’s minds from across the ocean, and find time to send each other funny photos and videos that we know will make the other smile. Friends like you are truly one in a million, and I can’t begin to say how thankful I am to have you in my life no matter where in the world we may physically be.

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Who else could I skype with and have THREE whole hours fly by with the blink of an eye, and still have tons left to talk about? Who else can I talk to about literally anything that pops into my head without a filter? Who do I turn to in the middle of a crisis, and more importantly, who is always there for me at those times?

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I know we’ll always be there for each other, and we will never hesitate to drop whatever we’re doing in a heartbeat if the other one needs it. Unfortunately, we know this because it has actually happened, and quite a few times. But I am so blessed to know that we are there for each other for both the good and bad times, and we share all of our victories and comfort each other when we are weak. If that’s not a true friend, then I don’t know what is.

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This recipe is my feeble attempt at finding an appropriate recipe for this momentous occasion. (21! 21! Guys, she’s TWENTY-ONE!!!) I’m very limited with my baking opportunities here as you know, and although these cupcakes are not dairy-free, cake means birthdays! and it’s the closest thing I’ve got at the moment. And it is sort of like dark chocolate and peanut butter, two of our favorite things.

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I’m sorry I couldn’t be there to celebrate today, but I promise to make it up to you once I am home! I simply cannot WAIT for all the things we have on our list to do together. I may cry upon our reunion (only happy tears allowed!). We will cook bazillions of recipes, bake a glorious make-up birthday cake, go to our favorite restaurants, find new favorite restaurants, visit each other this summer, have sleepover marathons, and talk until the sun comes up. Oh and let’s add ‘stay close for the rest of our lives’ and ‘travel the world’ to that list too.

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Enjoy your 21st! Stay wonderful! <3 Sending you lots of love from across the Atlantic!

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Fudgey Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes

from Skinny Taste and the Kitchen Magpie

These cupcakes are moist and low fat from using pumpkin in lieu of butter or oil. The added pudding mix makes it extra fudgey and chocolatey. Of course, any of the calories you save from the cupcakes are definitely negated by the luscious peanut butter filling and dreamy mousse…but life’s for enjoying :)

FOR THE CUPCAKES:

  • 18.25 oz Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix
  • 1.4 oz sugar free, fat free, instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 1/3 cups water

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.

Combine pumpkin puree and water in a large bowl; mix to combine. Add chocolate pudding mix and mix well.

Add chocolate cake mix and beat 2 minutes.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake about 25 – 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes.

FOR THE PEANUT BUTTER FILLING:

  • ¾ cups Powdered Sugar
  • ¾ cups Peanut Butter
Mix until combined.

FOR THE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE FROSTING:

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 3 oz chocolate (melted then cooled)
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee
  • 1-2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 3 1/4 – 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Melt your three chocolate squares in the microwave, slowly and carefully until they are liquidy smooth. Set aside to cool.

Whip the butter in your mixer until light and fluffy.

Add in the cocoa, beating until combined.

When the chocolate is cool, add it to the butter.

Add the instant coffee to one tablespoon of cream, then add to the butter mixture.

Add in the icing sugar one cup at a time, beating until combined.

Adjust the thickness/texture by using another tablespoon of cream, adding it slowly until the texture you want is achieved. The more cream, the fluffier, lighter, and more mousse-like it will be!

ASSEMBLY:

Cut a little core out of the cupcakes (I recommend snacking on these little nuggets of fudgey goodness) and stuff with balls of peanut butter filling. Or if you’re lazy like me, you can just plop the peanut butter on top, since the cupcakes sink a little. Then frost away!

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  1. I read this right when I woke up on my birthday and of course it was one the highlights of my day! I will continue looking back at it whenever I need a pick me up and I’m actually tearing up right now just from reading through it again. I don’t think I can ever express my gratitude for having you as a best friend. You are one of the most caring, genuine, thoughtful, and dedicated people I have been blessed to know. Even though we couldn’t actually party together for my 21st, you were here in spirit whether it was when I read the birthday card you sent me at school, the birthday card you sent me at home, or this blog post, or when you woke up at 5 am to tell me happy birthday and don’t even remember what you said because you were so tired haha. May 13th is getting closer by the second and it will be a very joyous day! From being co-captains for jv in high school and seeing each other every day of the week to being thousands of miles apart for months on end, we have never had a single fight and our friendship has blossomed into something that I could never bare to lose. As our lives go on, I know deep down in my heart that we will always be there for each other. I can’t wait to celebrate your 21st birthday with you this summer and for all the wonderful things we have planned! I love you soooo very much! You are the best friend a girl could ask for :]

  2. looking back on this over 6 months later still makes me tear up and feel so happy inside knowing you are my best friend. i’m SO proud of how much we’ve done together (all the recipes we made, crafts we did, basically living at each other’s houses the few weeks i was home, washington dc TWICE, celebrating YOUR 21st together, our romantic weekend getaway to canada, and more that i can’t think of right now) and how far both of us have come since you posted this. you have been a stable constant in my ever-changing life that has been the past year and i know that will always be the case. i can’t wait to see you in a few weeks for thanksgiving and then winter break! even though our time together is always so limited, we never fail to make the best of every second of it and there’s nobody else i’d rather do that with! LOVE YOUU <3

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