Peanut Butter Coca-Cola Cupcakes with Sel Gris

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.



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