Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Nutella Srikhand Frosting

These Peanut Butter cupcakes with Nutella Srikhand Frosting are salty, sweet and tangy all at once, resulting in an explosion of flavors. 

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So, is it really weird that I have NEVER made peanut butter cupcakes?

Okay, don’t judge me!!!!

I have found myself drooling over lip smacking desserts that are loaded with peanut butter in the blogosphere lately and I knew it in my gut that I had to whip something up sooner rather than later.

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Then an idea hit me.

Like, out of nowhere.

Do you also go through some days when no matter how hard you will yourself to come up with something inventive and cool and your brain is like – I’m on a vacation, don’t disturb me?

And then when you’re least expecting it, something dawns upon you and all the little scattered ideas in your head piece together like a puzzle and everything just suddenly starts making sense?

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That is exactly what happened here.

Lately, I’ve been craving Srikhand.

To those who don’t know what that is, it is basically an Indian dessert that has its origins in Gujarat but loved all over the country.

Where I live, we have several milk stalls set up in every location and you get all sorts of milk products – full fat milk, cow milk, skimmed milk, cream, yogurt, paneer and *drum rolls* srikhand!

Ramadan keeps me really busy all day and running to my nearest milk stall, which is about 6 minute walk from my place is also an impossible feat.

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Again, don’t judge me. That stall is not open all day; just a couple of hours early in the morning and then in the evening.

Now, I could buy from a supermarket but that stuff has too many additives and it is therefore, a big no no!

The last thing you want is grainy, preservative smelling srikhand!

So, I made my own! 😀

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Nothing tastes better than homemade srikhand, you guys! Believe me!

And you are going to LOVE making this at home because it is SUPER EASY to make and requires only 2 ingredients!!!

THAT IS IT!

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Yogurt that has been hung overnight to drain all the water and icing sugar is all you need to make dreamy creamy srikhand that you will eat by the spoonful and will be surprised at how quickly your friends and family will devour this treat.

To make it rich, traditionally you add nuts like pistachios and almonds and add a hint of cardamom, well because, milk based desserts reach new heights with this magical ingredient {read: cardamom powder}

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It is tangy, sweet, creamy and just so silky smooth, you will find yourself making a second batch right the next day!

Now, I wanted to do something with peanut butter and srikhand!

NO.

I did not make peanut butter srikhand, but I did make peanut butter cupcakes with a nutella srikhand frosting!

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YAY!

You have to make this!

The saltiness of the peanut butter matches perfectly with the nutty, chocolaty tang of the Nutella srikhand.

The cake itself is moist and super soft and springy and just one glance at the frosting and no one will be able to guess that it is Nutella srikhand and not buttercream.

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Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Nutella Srikhand Frosting

Yield: 10 medium sized cupcakes

Ingredients

    For the Cupcakes:
  1. 100 gms all purpose flour
  2. 100 gms butter
  3. 100 gms caster sugar
  4. 2 medium sized eggs
  5. 80 gms peanut butter
  6. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1 tsp baking powder
  8. 30 mls milk
  9. For the Nutella srikhand frosting:
  10. 950 gms yogurt
  11. 250 gms icing sugar
  12. 150 gms Nutella

Instructions

    For the cupcake
  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C.
  2. In a clean metal bowl, cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy; about 3 minutes on a medium speed.
  3. Add the eggs and beat well between each addition, about 30 seconds at medium speed.
  4. Beat the mixture well for about 2 minutes on medium speed.
  5. Add the peanut butter and vanilla extract and beat on low speed for 1 minute and on medium speed for 1 minute.
  6. Sift the all purpose flour and the baking powder together in the batter and fold the batter well.
  7. Add the milk and fold again, making sure you do not get a lot of air out of the mixture.
  8. Using 2 spoons scoop 2 tablespoons of batter in each cupcake case and bake in the preheated oven at 170 degrees C for about 18-20 minutes or until the cupcakes are springy to the touch and a skewer or knife inserted in the centre of the cupcake comes out clean.
  9. Take them out of the oven and let it cool completely, about 2-3 hours or even overnight is fine.
  10. For the frosting:
  11. Hang the yogurt in a muslin cloth or cheese cloth overnight to make sure the water from the yogurt drains away and all you are left with is a thick lump of yogurt. The final yield of the yogurt will come down drastically. 950 gms of yogurt gave me about 310 gms of hung yogurt.
  12. Add the icing sugar and nutella and mix well with a wooden spoin till the mix becomes smooth and creamy.
  13. Fill in the piping bag and pope swirls on the cooled cupcakes or use a spoon to frost the cupcakes.
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23 Comments

  1. This is what I love about your blog- you always teach me something new! I had never hear of srikhand, but I just love the idea! It sounds fabulous with those spices and peanut butter. Pinning and sharing!

  2. These cupcakes look incredible Samina! I have never tried srikhand before but it sounds all kinds of amazing in here with the peanut butter and nutella!

  3. I have lots of days where my brain is on vacation. I can’t think of a thing to make or write. Ugh!
    Now, these cupcakes look amazing. I’ve never made peanut butter cupcakes, but I guess since everyone else is I need to give these a try.

  4. Oh yes, you did! PB and nutella together. It’s how my husband and son prefers a sandwich! It’s so good and that frosting looks super creamy! I always crave these two flavors – yum!

  5. you know I have never made peanut butter cupcakes before. So strange considering I live with a peanut butter addict. I will have to give these gorgeous cupcakes of yours a spin!!

  6. I love peanut butter, so already these would be a hit for me. the frosting sounds insanely good and looks so creamy! I love nutella and yogurt — this was one brilliant idea!

  7. There was definitely a bit of genius happening here, Samina! I really enjoyed being introduced to srikhand, and what a fabulous idea to use it in a frosting for cupccakes.
    Love your phtos as well – they are beautiful!

  8. Ohhh I’m not the biggest fan of buttercream, so this frosting option looks amazing to me! And anything involving Nutella is a winner in my book hehe 😉 And peanut butter also. Oh girl these cupcakes couldn’t get any better I tell you 😉 THe crumb looks soooooooooo delish. I want these, I want these NOW!!

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