Double Feature Cupcakes with Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting

TOTAL TIME: 40 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 20 min
 
YIELD: approximately about 12 cupcakes
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

CUPCAKES:
    MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
    • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
    • 12 mini peanut butter cups
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    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard cupcake pan with liners.

    To prepare the cupcake batter: In a large heat resistant bowl, combine the chocolate and butter over a pot of simmering water, without letting the bottom touch the water. Stir gently until melted and well combined. You may use a microwave, if preferable.

    Remove chocolate from heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the sugar. Beat with a handheld electric mixture until smooth and combined, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing for 20 seconds between each egg to incorporate.

    In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Mix until well blended.

    Using ladle or small measuring cup, fill the cupcake cups 2/3 of the way full. Place a peanut butter cup in the center of each cup and press down slightly. Bake until the cupcakes are firm to the touch about 20 minutes.

    To prepare the frosting: Using a handheld electric beater, cream the cream cheese and butter together thoroughly. Add the chili power and cinnamon, mixing to incorporate. Add the salt, vanilla, and confectioners' sugar. Finally, mix in the melted chocolate and blend thoroughly until smooth. If additional thickening is needed, add more sifted confectioners' sugar, a little at a time, until a spreadable consistency is reached.

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    • on October 19, 2012

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      Made these last night and I have to say they're soooo delicious, but VERY rich, all most too rich. Will satisfy any chocolate craving for at least a week. The next time I make these, I will definitely make a chocolate frosting without the cream cheese. The chocolate peanut butter combo is rich enough and I just dont think it's needed. The cinnamon and chili powder really did add a great taste to the frosting. Dont be afraid to use the chili powder, it just kicks up the cinnamon flavor a bit.

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    • on February 01, 2012

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      Definitely 5 stars!! For the chocolate lover. It's rich and could only eat one!! The recipe for frosting lists 12 mini PB cups, disregard, it's a typo.

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    • on August 30, 2011

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      I didn't put the chili powder in the frosting because I didn't know if I would like it, but these cupcakes were fantastic! I took them to work and they were devoured in minutes with rave reviews!

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