These are perfectly good without the shot, but it definitely adds to the fun. For a different version, you could also make a spiked version of the frosting with the PB&J vodka. For a kid friendly and non-alcoholic version, obviously just leave out the shot.
Step 1: Ingredients & Prep
1 box Vanilla Cake Mix
1/2 cup Peanut Butter- not crunchy
1 jar seedless jelly- 1 spoonful per cupcake
Recipe from thekitchn
4 large eggs
2 2/3 cups milk
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
5 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
1 Gallon Canola or Peanut Oil
Peanut Butter Frosting:
Recipe from BrownEyedBaker
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 bottle Van Gogh PB&J Vodka
Small Shot Glasses
3 Tbsp Jelly for top of cupcakes after frosting.
Step 2: Bake the Cupcakes
This gives the cupcakes a perfect, subtle peanut butter taste, similar to a Nutter Butter cookie.
Allow the cupcakes to cool and then place them in the freezer for at least 30-45 minutes.
Step 3: Fill Cupcakes With Jelly
Step 4: Make the Fry Batter
Whisk the eggs and milk together. Then stir in all of the other ingredients. The batter should be smooth, but it still may have small lumps.
This recipe makes a lot of batter. You have enough for at least 24 cupcakes. You can also use the leftovers to make funnel cakes! :)
Step 5: Deep Fry the Cupcakes
When your fryer is ready, use a slotted spoon to completely cover the cupcake in batter. Then use your hands to gently place the cupcake in the fryer. Use the wet washcloth to remove the batter from your fingers.
Through trial and error, I learned the best way to fry these is to place the cupcake on it's side first and then continuously move the cupcakes around with the tongs. The cupcakes are ready when they achieve a nice golden brown color.
Allow the cupcake to cool slightly while you make the Peanut Butter frosting. If the cupcakes are too warm, the frosting will melt.
Step 6: Make the Peanut Butter Frosting
Place all the ingredients in an electric mixer except for the cream. Use a paddle attachent and beat until creamy. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is smooth.
Place the frosting in a piping bag with tip and generously frost the cupcakes. You can also use a zip-loc bag if you don't have a piping bag and just cut the corner off the tip.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Take a shot and enjoy your Deep Fried PB&J Cupcakes!