Thursday, February 28, 2013

Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes with Secret Almond Butter Cups & Almond Butter Frosting


I've said it before but I'll happily admit to it again: I have always had a sweet tooth and I still do. Candy, chocolate and any other sugar are my weakness, no doubt about it. Since I know all too well what happens when I have even a little too much (dentist visits and elevated numbers on the scale), I try to avoid bringing it into the house at all during the week. I always indulge with a little something over the weekends though to calm the craving and avoid spinning out of control. This has always worked really well for me and when the weekend food planning rolls around I get excited to bake up some new and interesting deserts as a treat.



The company Manischewitz recently debuted an array of new products, expanding on their gluten-free line as well! I think it is fantastic that they are committed to creating some healthy and delicious products that have a good source of fiber, are low in sodium and do not contain sulfites, msg or artificial preservatives. I was pleasantly surprised when they offered to send me some samples of their products to try for myself and I was pretty impressed with almost every item I recieved, two of which I am featuring in this recipe today.




If you like chocolate ( who doesn't? ) then you have to bake up a batch of these- after all they aren't just any ordinary cupcakes- these ones have chocolate almond butter cups hidden inside and the perfect creamy frosting to to top it all off. They can be eaten warm for that runny chocolate inside when cut open or once they have cooled the chocolate becomes whole once again and it's just as good that way so there are lots of yummy options. I had also planned to sprinkle the tops with some broken up chocolate cups but completely forgot since I was short on time. Feel free to add that extra touch to yours if you'd like! Here's the recipe:


Chocolate Cupcakes with Secret Almond Butter Cups & Almond Butter Frosting: 

Cupcake:

3 1/2 Cups White Flour
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Baking Cocoa
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Water
2 Eggs
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Package Manischewitz Milk Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Frosting:

6 Ounces Dark Semisweet Baking Chocolate
2/3 of a Cup Sweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Jar 10 Oz  Manischewitz Roasted Almond Spread

1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt.

2. In a separate bowl combine the water, eggs and vegetable oil and then add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir very well to combine it all into a thick batter.

3. Fill paper lined muffin tins to about 1/2 full with the batter and place a chocolate almond butter cup in the center. Cover each one with about 1 tablespoon more of batter.

4. Bake them on 350 for about 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for about 5-10 minutes before serving or allow to cool completely for a less runny inside.

5. Prepare the frosting- put the baking chocolate, vanilla almond milk and roasted almond spread into a medium sauce pan and stir over a low-medium flame until they are all completely incorporated and seem like a thick frosting consistency. Allow it to cool for about 10 minutes until it is thick enough to spread.

6. Spread the frosting over the cupcakes and then sprinkle with additional broken up chocolate almond butter cups if you would like. Let them stand until the frosting sets and serve.

Enjoy!

What do you like to indulge in when you do? Chocolate? Candy? Cake?

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46 comments:

  1. These look delicious! I love chocolate cupcakes.

    -Vogue&Heels
    vogueandheels.wordpress.com

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  2. OMG. Look away Monica, look away! Oh, these look heavenly .. !

    I think I had to wipe some drool off after seeing the 3rd pic!

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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    1. your the cutest! :) thank you! xx.

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  3. Omg I die. These look great!!

    Ali of

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  4. Wow, this looks delicious! Thank you very much for sharing this recipe with us!


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  5. oh so delicious!!
    Triple chocolate.....!
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    I wait for you every day with new smartchic post!!
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  6. Wow, these cupcakes will be a scene stealer at any dinner party, they look unbelievable! And they came out perfect too!

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    1. thank you! hope they work out for you too! xx.

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  7. sorry but I cannot see you in my GFC list..... Can you check and let me know so I can follow you back.

    Thanks and have a good evening :)

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  8. Oh gosh, this looks delicous.

    xx

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  9. oh man, this looks sooooooooooooo delicious and gorgeous!! lvoe it!! new post is up sweets :D

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  10. Thanks so much for this lovely recipe! Looks so delicious!

    Jolien
    http://julianaandthedaydream.blogspot.be

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  11. Looks so delish and yummy!
    Especially with the 3rd picture<3


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  12. Hey sweety! This is such a amazing post to observe! Utterly like it! Are we following yet? If not then let's follow via gfc, bloglovin, lookbook and facebook! Let me know! Stop by me soon!xx

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  13. These look delicious!

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  14. Oh wow, this looks absolutely delish! =D LOVE chocolatey things so much! Also, I wanted to tell you about a giveaway I'm hosting on my blog =) It's a gorgeous floral maxi dress from ModMint! I'd love it if you could check it out!

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    1. thank you! will def. check it out.

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  15. OH MY GOD!!!!!!!! What is this???? I think I saw heaven! :*

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  16. Oh wow, these look so good! I've been trying to not eat chocolate for the last month and this is like the perfect reintroduction back to it, yum!!!!

    Please come and check out my latest post if you have a few minutes spare :)

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    Helen

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    1. :) good for you! i'm doing that this month to get back in shape a bit. will do xx.

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  17. Oh my goodness...I want those for breakfast!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  19. Hi beautiful!

    I think that this post is really interesting...I love the cupcakes! do u want to follow each other? I'm already following u!

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