Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pan with baking cups.
In large bowl, beat yellow cake mix, eggs, water and peanut butter with electric mixer at low
speed 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Fill baking cups 2/3 full with batter. Spoon
1 teaspoon jelly on top of batter in the center of each cup. Reserve remaining jelly for garnish.
Bake 18-20 minutes or until Cake Tester or toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan on cooling grid 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.
In large bowl, beat shortening and butter with electric mixer until creamy. Add peanut butter, and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well at medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk, a tablespoon at a time, and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
Makes about 3 cups icing.
To Assemble: Ice cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream Icing; if desired, decorate with tip 21 swirls. In microwave-safe bowl, microwave remaining jelly on High 10-15 seconds; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cupcakes and sprinkle with peanuts.
Another very easy way to construct a tier cake. The Wilton Basic Tall Tier Cake Stand Set includes 5 twist-apart columns with one bottom and one top bolt, an 18 in. footed base plate, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 in. separator plates.
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