Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cookie Frosting

I am interrupting this blog to say something REALLY SUPER INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT.  

Today...The Pinterest Project turns one.  Yes, ONE.  We started this blog a year ago - on August 14th, 2011 having absolutely NO idea what we were doing, or if anyone would read or even care about what we said.  And a year later, we are continually amazed that people DO read.  And we have met some incredible bloggers that are fun and helpful and so sweet.  We have had over half a million hits on this blog to date - nearing closer to a million, and we have thousands of views daily.  That is a fact that does not go unnoticed OR unappreciated.  We value all of you SO much and are so grateful, honestly, that you take the time to pop over to our little corner of the blogosphere to see what we are up to.  And to comment, to encourage, to give advice and offer tips of your own.  We obviously couldn't do this without you.  So from the bottom of our normally flippant and sometimes sarcastic hearts, we thank you!

We have exciting changes coming to the blog next week, so be on the look out for that and for a few fun giveaways too!  We want to celebrate our awesome readers!

Ok - enough gushing.  On to the cupcakes!

You.  Guys.  

These cupcakes.
I die.

Hopefully by now you all know of my love affair with chocolate and peanut butter.  And if you don't, just know that I love it.  And if you're any kind of normal person, you probably love it too.  If you DON'T love it, I'm not sure that I can trust you...or be your friend.

Just kidding.

Kind of.

Anyway - so I have put most of my baking to the back burner recently, but a friend asked me to make cupcakes for her son's 1st birthday party and I was excited to bust out my Kitchen Aid old, dirty hand mixer {because my 2 year old Kitchen Aid apparently is NOT covered under warranty anymore, and who cares if we paid $399.99 for a mixer that is no longer working?  Not Kitchen Aid, that's who.  Yes, I'm irked.  Please feel free to send angry mail on my behalf...}

But I digress.  So I busted out my dirty old hand mixer that's like a gillion years old but hey, it's trust worthy and it works.  And I got to work on a lot of cupcakes.

Actually, first I ran to the grocery store for a few ingredients that I was lacking.  And as I came out of the grocery store, this guy was standing across the parking lot staring right at the door, just posing like this.

Honestly, I don't know what was going on here.  He stood like that the entire time I walked to my car, unloaded the groceries into my trunk, buckled my son into his carseat, and was still standing like that when I drove off.  

I immediately texted the picture to several friends so they could share in my joy.  I love when random, hilarious and yet potentially creepy things happen and I'm able to document it for the world to see.  Yes, I realize I need a better hobby...but look at the picture again and TRY not to laugh.  

Ok, back to the baking.  So I was set on baking some delicious funfetti cupcakes for my friend's son's birthday party.  It was a fun, circus themed party so we did some bright and colorful cupcakes.  But then I got worried that perhaps I wouldn't have enough, or maybe people would like a little variety - and I remembered a recipe from Annie's Eats for a chocolate cupcake with a peanut butter cookie frosting.  And you know I can't turn down a recipe that involves peanut butter and chocolate.  

Plus I had all the ingredients on hand, so I decided to go for it.  As with pretty much all recipes from Annie, I followed to the T.  She's a baking genius, and I don't see the point in changing up something that's already perfect.  I'll save that for my recipes.  Just sayin.

So if you want to make your own (and trust me, you definitely do) just follow the recipe below.  You will think you have died and gone to dessert heaven.  These babies are pure danger to have around, so I was glad to unload most of them (I'm not a total sucker for punishment, we kept a few for ourselves!).

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cookie Frosting
Recipe from Annie's Eats