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Weekly Winner #21

7 Jan

What a delicious start to 2014!!  Let’s review…

French Toast & Bacon Cupcakes

FT-Bacon-Cupcake

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

DC-Peppermint-Cupcake

Delicious Pumpkin Cupcakes

Frosted-Pumpkin-Cupcake

Chocolate Chip & Mascarpone Cupcakes

CC-M-Cupcake

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

DC-SC-Cupcake

Apple Butter Vanilla Cupcakes

Apple-Butter-Cupcake

Cocoa Cupcakes

Cocoa-Cupcake

And, with 20 points, the first weekly winner of the New Year is…

DC-Peppermint-Cupcake

The Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes from Sweet Revelations.  Check out that yummy day here.  And, check back on January 31st to see how it does in the Monthly Competition.

Day 160 – Cocoa Cupcakes

7 Jan

Yesterday: apple.  Today: chocolate.  Oh, chocolate.  I can never stay away too long.  (Which you might know about me by now…)  So, I hope you enjoy these Cocoa Cupcakes (recipe below from life as a moodboard).

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cakes are extremely dense. Borderline dry, but not aggressive.  They are not sweet. Like, not at all. It surprised me. The recipe warns of this, but I still wasn’t expecting it.

Cocoa-Frosting

The frosting looks like it’s going to be really thick, cause it has that dark cocoa-powder look, but it’s surprisingly fluffy and light.  It tastes like dark chocolate ice cream, but not frozen. It has a nice sweet-to-unsweetened balance. Not too sugary, but not too dark.

Cocoa-Cupcake     Mini-Cocoa-Cupcake

These blend amazingly well. And I realized that the ‘cocoa’ in the title definitely refers to the strong cocoa powder flavor, not cocoa as in hot cocoa. They’re strong. They’re rich. Not too sweet, but not bitter. A chocolate lovers cupcake.

Cocoa-Cupcake-top     Mini-Cocoa-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 5
  • TOTAL: 19

RECIPE

Cocoa Cupcakes (recipe from life as a moodboard)

Cupcakes:

  • 2 table spoons butter (melted, 30 sec in the microwave)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 table spoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla aroma
  • ½ cup flour + ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 table spoons milk

Frosting:

  • 4 table spoons mascarpone
  • 2 table spoons heavy cream (might work with milk or sour cream)
  • 2 table spoons cocoa powder
  • 2 table spoons confectioners sugar
  • ½ tea spoon vanilla aroma
  • a pinch of salt

For directions visit life as a moodboard.

*Tomorrow: Elvis Cupcakes*

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