Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lovely Day for a Cupcake

It's been a beautiful day in El Paso today. It started out overcast, then the clouds got denser. The temperature was in the 80's and by 2 pm it started raining, lightly, but steadily. No thunder, no lightning, no flooding...just a nice light drizzle that has gone on for a couple of hours. I couldn't think of anything better to do than to bake. But what? I know...CUPCAKES.
I got a comment on my Mexican-American Border cooking blog from Adi (Inmaculada). She's from Spain and she is the loveliest person I've ever talked to online, through comments. She has a sweet personality and love's her cooking. Her blogs and photography are beautiful. Check them out.Verduras Para Todos
Pan y Varios

Anyway, she had written a post about magdalenas. All I saw were cupcakes. Duh! I looked it up and sure enough, in Spain, cupcakes are called magdalenas. How absolutely marvelous. Actually it translates into "fairy cake" or "muffin".
I was inspired. I love cookies and cupcakes. So, cupcakes won the coin toss. I used what I had on hand and came up with this simple little Mexican Chocolate Cupcake recipe just for you.

One chocolate cake mix, 1 1/4 cups of water, 1/3 cup of oil, 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 disk Abuelita's Mexican chocolate, chopped up. Now for the frosting. It would have to be chocolate of course. I used the Hershey's Fudge Frosting recipe with a few tweaks.

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup cocoa powder
1/2 disk Abuelita's Mexican Chocolate, chopped up
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup hot milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon Kahlua

Melt butter over low heat. Add cocoa and Abuelitas chocolate. stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool a bit.

In a large mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar and milk. Beat until smooth. Add cooled chocolate, vanilla and Kahlua. Beat on medium until smooth and thick, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Chill for about 1/2 hour. It'll make about 3 cups.

I hope you enjoyed your day like I did. Reading, writing, cooking, and music. Ah, what a wonderful life.


Reeni said...

Your cupcakes look choco-licious! I have seen the Nestle Mexican chocolate at my market but never really payed much attention to it. You have inspired me to buy it and experiment!

Debinhawaii said...

Hi Theresa, this is the first time I had a chance to look at your chocolate blog--great job! Your cupcakes look so delicious and I really want one right now.

Meryl said...

Yey! Chocolate! I'm impressed with your new undertaking, Teresa! I'm sure it will be most rewarding and delicious.

I love the two blogs you mentioned, by the way.

As for the cupcakes, yummers! Chocolate and Kaluah are so good. :) The frosting looks so luscious.

Foodycat said...

Those cupcakes are so pretty!And delicious, I can just imagine.


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