Chocolate Cupcake with Peanuts is topped with Dulce de Leche Buttercream, then dipped in chocolate and covered with chocolate curls. The most amazing thing to happen to a cupcake, for sure!
Add the chopped chocolate and let it sit for a minute or two. Stir to make a homogenous and silky ganache. Let it cool to room temperature and set aside.
Whip 2 eggs with 1 cup sugar until pale yellow in color and fluffy. Whisk or sift together 1 cup flour, 3 tbsp cocoa powder, 3/4 tsp baking soda. Add the sifted mixture and the 1 cup sour cream in two additions, alternating between the two mixtures until a smooth batter forms. Do not overmix or the cake will be tough. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake cups, filling only halfway.
Using a teaspoon, spoon a teaspoon of dulce de leche on top of the batter, making sure to place it somewhere in the middle. Sprinkle with a couple of peanuts. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the batter part of the cupcake comes out clean, about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven, then invert onto a cooling rack and completely cool
With a mixer whip 8 oz (2 sticks) of room temperature butter on high speed, until white in color and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
In 3 additions add dulce de leche into the butter, stopping to scrape the bottom of the mixer bowl. Transfer to a pastry bag with a round tip (1/4 of an inch), or use a sturdy Ziploc bag with a snipped tip.
Pipe the frosting on top of the cooled cupcakes. Transfer to the fridge for 30 minutes.
Quickly dip the top of each frosted cupcake into the ganache.
Microwave a chocolate bar it on low for 10-20 seconds, in 3-5 second intervals until you're able to use a vegetable peeler to go down the rib of the bar to form curls. Do not overheat the chocolate or it will melt. Shave the chocolate curls right over the cupcakes, so they don't break.
Refrigerate until ready to serve. If you prefer the cupcakes at room temperature, remove them from the fridge about 1 hour before serving.
Can be served room temperature, or straight from the fridge.
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