Challenge: Apples + Peanut Butter

img_1928So C, my coworker, has an apple tree or a friend with an apple tree or something. Whenever he brings in a bag of apples to work, I take some with the promise of bringing back baked apple goodness for the office.

Apple pie, apple bread, apple cobbler, apple tart… I could’ve resorted to any of these, but a couple of things: 1) I’m just about out of cinnamon, and 2) there’s GOT to be another flavor pairing for apples that’s not cinnamon or cheddar; I’m so tired of cinnamon-apple anything.

This is where A comes in. He tells me about how he’s been on a big peanut butter and apple kick lately. Hmm… the cogs are turning. Having never tried the combo myself, I went to cut up an apple. Wow. There’s something about the difference in textures and how the saltiness in the peanut butter brings out the sweetness of the apple that lends itself to good eats.

So here, I’ve concocted the following recipe based on Paula Deen’s Peanut Butter Cake recipe and a caramel frosting recipe adapted from Chow.

Say hello to Peanut Butter Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream.

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