I am not a big chocolate person, but this week, I definitely need some chocolate in my life.
I mean, most problems can usually be solved with some Sour Patch Kids or Chewy Sprees, but not this week. Thunderstorms not only demolished my yard, trampoline and several trees but even WORSE, cut off the end of last night’s Bachelorette. My baby boy is graduating kindergarten. I haven’t had good hair in over a week due to humidity and I am pretty sure that the cereal ghost is still hanging around having a good laugh at my expense.
And of course, all that end of the world nonsense over the weekend didn’t help, although if we are being honest, I wasn’t worried. We all know that God wouldn’t let the world end before any of us had a chance to go see Breaking Dawn in theatres.
Anyways, yesterday I found myself drowning my sorrows in a can of chocolate frosting.
As in…I was eating it with a giant serving spoon.
It’s a bad week, okay? I’m out of sorts.
So I decided that I needed to get myself together and make some chocolate cupcakes. With chocolate frosting.
Because that is what a normal person does.
(cake batter from TidyMom’s “tastes like homemade” cake mix recipe)
(click here for printable recipe)
Box chocolate cake mix (I used Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge)
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup water
2 cans chocolate frosting (I used Duncan Hines Classic Chocolate)
Chopped pecans (about a cup)
Bag mini marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350 and line 24 muffin cups with liners.
In the bowl of a mixer, combine cake mix, melted butter, eggs and water. Beat on low for one minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and increase speed to high. Beat for one minute.
Fill muffin cups about 1/3 full. Place a spoonful of chocolate frosting in the center of the batter and top with 4 or 5 mini marshmallows. Spoon cake batter over the frosting/marshmallows to cover completely. Cups SHOULD NOT be more than 1/2-2/3 of the way full. Bake for about 15 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched.
Some of the cupcakes may sink in just a bit in the middle. That is fine, you will be covering them with frosting.
2 sticks butter, softened slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons heavy cream
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter, cream, and vanilla on medium speed until smooth and blended. Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder and beat on low until just mixed. Pour in chocolate syrup and beat on high for 2 minutes.
Frost cupcakes and top with marshmallows. Place leftover canned chocolate frosting in the microwave and microwave on high, stirring every 5 seconds until pourable, but not too runny. Spoon frosting over cupcakes and top with chopped pecans.
These cupcakes are chocolatey, messy and probably really fattening.
Perfect for a bad day.
Thanks so much for visiting me, I hope you have a great day!