06 May 2011

Brownie Cupcakes

Can you tell I love brownies? I'm addicted to them. So of course I thought brownies would be the perfect thing to bring along when I went to see a friends' new baby for the first time. But I wanted to make cupcakes. Because I wanted to make pretty icing. So I had an inspiration:

Brownie cupcakes. Why not? There are directions for cake-like brownies on the back of the brownie mix, so I thought I'd give it a try. I used a pouch of brownie mix and added mini chocolate chips (because she just had a baby, duh, that means she needs chocolate!). Paired with the sugary buttercream, the darkness of the chocolate brownie was a great combination. And you can probably tell it was a girl, from the pink and the pearls. Such a sweet, cute, adorable baby girl.

This recipe couldn't be easier. Since I used a pouch of brownie mix instead of a box, it only made about 10 cupcakes. Perfect for a gift or for a small dinner party. (If you have a box of brownie mix in your cabinet, you can still make the recipe. Just follow the directions for "cake-like brownies" and double the frosting recipe.)


Brownie Cupcakes

For Brownie Cupcakes
1 pouch Brownie Mix (10.25 oz /8x8 pan size)
Water, eggs, and oil called for on back of pouch, made for cake-like brownies
½ cup mini chocolate chips

For Buttercream Frosting
1/3 cup unsalted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 tablespoons heavy cream

Food coloring and/or sprinkles for decoration, if desired

1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners.
2.    Prepare brownies according to the directions on the back of the pouch for cake-like brownies (either extra water or an extra egg, depending on the brand you use).
3.    Fill muffin cups about ¾ full with batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
4.    To make the frosting, beat butter with a hand-mixer until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar one and mix until combined.  Add the vanilla. The frosting will be crumbly. Add the cream, starting with 2 tablespoons, and beat until the frosting is the desired consistency (adding more cream if necessary). Add food coloring if desired.
5.    Frost cooled cupcakes and top with sprinkles, if desired.

Yield: 10 cupcakes



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At May 6, 2011 at 6:37 PM , Blogger blkenigma888 said...

Hi! I have a linky party going on at my blog called A Themed Baker’s Sunday where this week’s theme is chocolate! I’d love for you to link up! Hope to see you there!

At May 6, 2011 at 7:47 PM , Anonymous Betty @ scrambled henfruit said...

Those are so pretty, and perfect for a new mom! :)

At May 6, 2011 at 9:53 PM , Blogger paddle attachment said...

What a great idea for a small "event" like visiting a new mom! Love the icing and sprinkles too....

At May 7, 2011 at 10:55 PM , Blogger Rebecka said...

Delicious cupcakes, totally into pink! Visiting you from Sweet and Sugar, sweat treat link up!

At May 8, 2011 at 5:01 AM , Blogger Kim McCallie said...

These are so pretty. I love pink and brown together. Thanks for linky up to A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday! Kim

At May 8, 2011 at 9:25 AM , Blogger Suzy said...

Great idea and they look precious!

At May 10, 2011 at 1:04 PM , Blogger Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Love the PINK! They look almost to good to eat...almost! lol

I would like to invite you to join in on a WEEKLY RECIPE LINK PARTY, I host on my blog.


Made it on Monday link is open every WED.-SAT.

I hope to see you & your recipes soon. :)

At May 10, 2011 at 8:09 PM , Blogger Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Great idea. You made them look really pretty too. Lovely gift.

At May 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Kim McCallie said...

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that your recipe was in the top three last week at my linky party. Your cupcakes were beautiful. I hope you'll consider posting another dessert this week. The party is up and running now.



At May 14, 2011 at 4:07 PM , Blogger Dorothy said...

@Kim McCallie
Yeah! Thanks Kim! And thanks for hosting the party. :)

At May 14, 2011 at 4:07 PM , Blogger Dorothy said...

@Joy @ Joy Of Desserts
Thanks! I liked the way they turned out for sure. Thanks for reading!


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