Sweet Victory: 1st Annual Cupcake Wars

I recently declared war on my office. A war on cupcakes to be exact. Ever since my first day at  this company, I have been begging to have a cupcake competition to see who could make the best cupcake. Why? Because I know that I make a mean dessert.

Over a year and a half later, the first ever annual cupcake wars competition occurred. Originally, there were seven competitors, but in the end, only three participated.

I knew that I had to bring my A-Game, so I made a pound cake cupcake with a chocolate ganache filling and a peanut butter cream cheese butter cream frosting. I baked the cupcake in a pink cupcake wrapper that looked like a flower and named the cupcake A Pound of Peanut Butter PeoniesHere’s the recipe:

Pound Cake Cupcake – Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 4% (whole) milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Chocolate Ganache – Bring the heavy cream and butter to a simmer then pour on top of the bittersweet chocolate. Mix then let stand/refrigerator until thick and creamy.

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3.5 ounces of bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Butter Cream Frosting – Use a hand mixer to blend all ingredients together until rich and smooth.

  • 1 cup of softened unsalted butter
  • 1 cup cup of peanut butter
  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • 4 cups of confectionery sugar

To prepare the cupcake, I cut the center out of the pound cake cupcake and filled it with the chocolate ganache. Then added the frosting and additional decorations. I added gold and white sprinkles and a peanut butter cup to tie together the flavors.

In the end I brought home the victory but even if I hadn’t won I would have been completely happy with my outcome. The cupcakes were delicious and the event brought the office together. We also raised over $350 for a NYC based charity.

Back Left: “It Doesn’t Matter If You’re Black Or White” – chocolate cupcake with a cream cheese filling a frosting…Back Right: “A Pound of Peanut Butter Peonies”…Front: “e-LEMON-ators” – lemon cupcake with a lemon cream cheese frosting topped with coconut flakes. ***thank you to D. Gilchrist for this lovely photograph***

 

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