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April Monthly Competition

30 Apr

I like to think of this as the month with the least amount of chocolate Weekly Winners.  It was kind of a phenomenon.  2 fruit cupcakes, 1 tiramisu (which did include chocolate, but it wasn’t the star) and 1 chocolate-starring cupcake.  Not that I have ANYTHING against chocolate.  (You really should know that by now.)  It’s just a refreshing change (yes…pun intended).  So, I’m really excited to see how the competition turns out!  Here are our competitors:

Tiramisu Cupcakes

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Chocolate Cherry Cordial Cupcakes

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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

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Let’s see who wins:

Thanks again to Phyllis, Stormy and Erica – our Cupcake Panel.  And another huge thanks to my hubby, Ken, for all filming and original music!  Check back tomorrow when we start May’s cupcakes!!

Day 273 – Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes

30 Apr

It has been a crazy, yummy, not-so-health-food-filled month.  At least at my house.  So these Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes (recipe below from Cooking with Sapana) were a must.

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are very crumbly. The full-sized have a crunchy layer on top, kinda like a brownie. They have a surprisingly good chocolate taste. Not too sweet, not too bitter. They remind me of a good hot cocoa.

Chocolate-syrup

It’s Hershey’s syrup. The recipe calls for any chocolate syrup, so feel free to use your personal favorite.

Healthy-Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Healthy-Chocolate-cake

Together it’s like hot cocoa with extra syrup. It feels far more indulgent than it is. You could easily make these and not ever even have to tell people that they are “healthy” cupcakes!

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Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 3 (n/a)
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3
  • Ease of Making: 5
  • TOTAL: 19

Mini-Healthy-Chocoate-top

RECIPE

Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes (recipe from Cooking with Sapana)

Cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 100g dark chocolate , coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 /2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Toppings:

  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • Chocolate syrup

For directions visit Cooking with Sapana.

*Tomorrow: The Best Moist & Fluffy White Cupcakes*

Weekly Winner #36

30 Apr

Well.  Yet another month went breezing by.  Wow!  It’s almost May.  That’s insane, isn’t it?  So, let’s see what this week had in store…

Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

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Mojito Cupcakes

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Salted Cocoa & Nutella Cupcakes

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Reese’s Cupcakes

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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

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Sugar Cookie Cupcakes

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And the winner is, with 19.5 points…

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The Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes from Sally’s Baking Addiction.  Check out that yummy day here.  And check back tomorrow to see how it does against these tasty treats:

Tiramisu Cupcakes

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Chocolate Cherry Cordial Cupcakes

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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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