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Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes. I really can’t get enough of them. After several recipes and numerous family reviews (we are all members of a gym, now), this recipe came out on top. The key is to always use the best ingredients possible, especially chocolate. I used Valrhona cocoa in this recipe, but Scharffen Berger works well, too.

Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting


1 cup cocoa powder, not Dutch-process
½ cup boiling water
1 cup vanilla almond milk with lemon juice, at room temperature
1 ¾ cups unbleached white flour
1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
¼  teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup safflower oil
1 1/3 – 1 ½ cup organic sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350° and position 2 racks in the lower and middle third of the oven. Line 24 muffin cups with paper or foil liners.

Put the cocoa powder in a medium heatproof bowl. Add the boiling water and whisk until a smooth paste forms. Whisk in the almond milk mixture until combined. In a medium bowl, sift the flour with the baking soda, baking powder and salt. Using an electric mixer, add the sugar and oil to the cocoa and almond milk. Beat in eggs. Add the dry ingredients and mix. With an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the lined muffin cups, filling them about two-thirds full. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until the cupcakes are springy. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost.


1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup Earth Balance margarine, melted

Mix until smooth.


Cookies for Christmas

Nothing tastes better on a cold wintry day than a warm, chewy, chocolate cookie. As long as I have my Chocolate Crinkles, I don’t mind that almost all the other Christmas cookies are made with butter.

chocolate crinkles

chocolate crinkles

Chocolate Crinkles

½ cup canola oil
5-6 ounces unsweetened Scharffen Berger chocolate, melted
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 cup good quality cocoa
2 teaspoons Rumsford baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar

Mix oil, melted chocolate and sugar in a large bowl. Add the eggs one at a time; blend well. Add vanilla. Mix the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt together; add slowly to the chocolate mixture. Cover and chill overnight.

Roll in to a ball and then roll the ball of dough in the powdered sugar. Place on a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350º for about 10 minutes or until set. Cool on wire rack.

Happy Sundae Day!

Sometimes a person just needs to indulge his or her sweet tooth, and this is one of those times. Sundaes come in many flavors, but hot fudge is my favorite. Warm, gooey chocolate atop a scoop of creamy, rich vanilla Tofutti…yum! I would have whipped some soy cream, sprinkle some chopped nuts and added a cherry on top to make it a proper sundae, but it didn’t last long enough once I tasted the sauce. My modified version of Nancy Siverton’s hot fudge sauce recipe from Food & Wine turned out incredibly decadent. Enjoy!

hot fudge sauce

hot fudge sauce

Hot Fudge Sauce

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 tablespoon instant espresso granules
2 tablespoons Kahlua®

Melt chopped chocolate. Keep warm until ready to use.

In another pan, bring sugar, corn syrup, water, cocoa powder and instant espresso to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly to dissolve cocoa powder and sugar and to prevent burning on bottom of pan.

Whisk in melted chocolate. Boil hot fudge for few minutes to achieve the consistency you desire. Cool slightly and beat in Kahlua. Makes 2 cups.

sundae spoonful