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Day 174 – Spiced Cocoa Cupcakes

21 Jan

With the weather still on the chilly side (really really chilly in some places), I decided I’d like a warm-me-up cupcake again!  These Spiced Cocoa Cupcakes (recipe below from Taste of Home) looked really interesting!!  And, I thought they might do the trick!

Cocoa-Cupcake     Mini-cocoa-cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and cakey. They are almost crumbly. They taste like molasses cookies. Between the spice, the cocoa and the cranberries. A little like a molasses or gingerbread cupcake.


The glaze is thin and smooth. Very easy to drizzle.  It tastes like creamy powdered sugar.

Glazed-Cocoa-Cupcake     Mini-glazed-cocoa

Together, the glaze brings out just a bit of sweetness in the cupcake. I’d like something more from the topping though. Perhaps a whipped cream. Something to break up the weight of the cupcake. Not that it’s bad, I just want more.

Glazed-Cocoa-top     Min-glazed-cocoa-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 3
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 5 (this is about as easy as they come!)
  • TOTAL: 18.5


Spiced Cocoa Cupcakes (recipe from Taste of Home)

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 1/2 tsp milk

For directions visit Taste of Home.

*Tomorrow: Gina’s Banana Cupcakes*

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