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.)


Enjoy!

Brownie Cupcakes

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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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11 Comments:

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!
http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/05/themed-bakers-sunday-3.html
Alyssa

 
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.

http://larkscountryheart.blogspot.com/

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.

http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/05/sweet-indulgences-sunday-4.html

Kim

 
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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