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December Monthly Competition

31 Dec

Okay, it has been a chocolate and mint and pumpkin and holiday-flavor packed month!  And, the results were tasty!!  After all the tasty cupcakes I’ve had so far, I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store!!  So here are the December Competitors:

Week 17 – Hostess Inspired Chocolate Cupcakes

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Week 18 – Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes

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Week 19 – Kahlua Coffee Cupcakes

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Week 20 – Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes

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Thanks again to my December Cupcake Panel – Amy Northup, Trevor Kluckman & Jesse Graham.  And, as usual, thanks to my hubby, Ken, for all the original music!  Check back tomorrow for the start 2014’s cupcakes!

Day 153 – Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes

31 Dec

To get ready for ringing in the New Year, something a little lighter was in order…Or, so I thought at least.  Cause, as it turns out, these Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes (recipe below from Gimme Some Oven) may not be as “light” as I predicted.  Oh well, that’s what New Years Day is for, right?

I hope you all have a wonderful New Years Eve!  And may 2014 be even tastier than 2013!!

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The cupcakes are extremely thick and dense. Somewhere between and brownie and a cookie.  They have an extremely strong chocolate flavor.

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The whipped cream is…well…it’s just whipped cream.  And it’s tastes like whipped cream. Cause it is…whipped…cream.

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This is as good a flourless chocolate cake as I’ve had. Nothing complex. Very dark. Feel free to pile on the whipped cream – or ice cream…or both – cause you’ll need it to cut through the cake a little.

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Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 19.5

RECIPE

Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes (recipe from Gimme Some Oven)

  • 4 large eggs, cold
  • 8 oz. chocolate (semisweet or bittersweet), coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 16 pieces
  • 3 cups whipped cream
  • sprinkles for topping (optional)

For directions visit Gimme Some Oven.

*Tomorrow: French Toast & Bacon Cupcakes*

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