Rushing out the door on Saturday to head out for a pre-4th of July day trip to Leesburg, Indiana (Oswego Lake) to spend a little time with our good friends/ extended family (Eric and Michelle and their kiddos) and Eric’s parents (Sue and Gio), I hastely posted these photos without commenting on them. Well, I am here to fix that!
It was another one of my late night baking escapades on Friday and I stayed up until around 2:30am preparing the cupcakes and a potato salad for Saturday.
I had purchased this recipe book at HomeGoods a few months back called Sea Salt Sweet by Heather Baird and was pouring over it trying to find a recipe I could make to take to Sue and Gio’s lake house the next day. All the recipes looked amazing, however, I settled on these Peanut Butter Coca-Cola Cupcakes with Sel Gris (grey sea salt). (And boy…am I glad that I did.)
The writer’s inspiration for the cupcakes came from when she was a kid and a special snack she and her dad would share (aw!), where they would often put salted peanuts in their coca-cola. Apparently, this a big thing in the south. I had never heard of it, but, I could totally relate to the flavor combination of sweet and salty. We all have our own take of a sweet and salty combo…mine would be candy corn and pumpkin seeds. What’s yours? Please feel free to share in the comments section below. 🙂
The cake for these cupcakes are just a little bit more firm (like a really soft brownie) and the salted peanut butter frosting was out of this world. This was also my first attempt at piping the frosting. The first ones I piped were not so hot looking, however, I finally got the knack of it towards the end. Needless to say, the cupcakes were a HUGH hit. I had enough frosting left over for another dozen cupcakes…I think I will try to make a gluten-free version of this recipe and see how that goes.