Cupcakes for the Queen’s Birthday

Posted January 16th, 2011 in In the Kitchen, Posts

Yesterday was my birthday. I took the day to go skiing with my good friend Joan and it was a fantastic way to   celebrate!  The weather was perfect, not too crowded and all in all a very wonderful day.

You might be wondering who makes the Queen of Tarts a birthday cake?

I remember my sister, Penny making most of the cakes in our family when I was young. She still makes the birthday cakes for everyone in her office and it is quite a large law practice so she is baking cakes a lot. I am certain she would still bake me a cake if I hadn’t moved so far away from her. We can’t just stroll down the street but have to be content with long phone conversations processing every major (and too be honest every minor) occurrence in our lives.  Penny had a recipe for the world’s best chocolate cake called Pennsylvania Black Cake when we were kids. I don’t know where she got it but I am sure she remembers.   

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned here on the blog that I would be entering the Scharffenberger Cupcake Adventure Contest.  I have been working on my entry since October in my head and have made several renditions in preparation.  But home remodeling, a major roof leak and the holidays got in my way and when I got back around to finalizing the recipe I realized I had missed the deadline!  Well so much for my $20,000 prize (which would have paid for my remodel!!).   However, because I love all of you I am going to share the recipe that I am certain would have won. This contest required that you use some unique and interesting ingredients, some not generally found in cake and cupcakes.

I made  Raspberry Chipotle Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes and they are SCRUMPTIOUS!  I used Penny’s Pennsylvania Black Cake recipe and made some modifications.  It is spicy with cayenne pepper and New Mexican chilies.  The batter is homemade with Scharffenberger Dark Chocolate, buttermilk and almond meal.  I hollowed out a well in the baked cupcakes and filled the hole with raspberry chipotle sauce.  The frosting is cream cheese with some of the raspberry chipotle sauce whipped in.  I made a little drizzle with the leftover raspberry syrup thickened with some cornstarch then finished them off with some shaved dark chocolate.  (You will notice I used my cupcake stand from the last post.) This recipe has Iron Chef  Bobby Flay all over it and I am pretty sure it would score some big points on Cupcakes Wars as well. (Is it obvious that I watch WAY too much Food Network??)

I hope you enjoy my birthday cupcakes as much as I did. Now I have to get them out of the house before I eat my weight in cake!

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  1. Hope you had a great birthday! I LOVE the pictures! You must be the only person who can look skinny in a ski jacket (must be the berries…).

  2. Loved the post! You obviously are a very lucky girl to have such a cool sister!! What a cute little girl you were, and are . . :-)

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