The Best Brownie Cupcakes

The Best Brownie Cupcakes

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Philadelphia, PAThe Best Brownie Cupcakes - Cupcakes have gone beyond children's party fare. All the world, it seems, has a passion for cupcakes these days. Cupcake bakeries are opening across the country. Cookbooks devoted to the art of the cupcake are turning up in bookstores.


Just enough to satisfy a sweet craving, the cupcake is an indulgence of the right proportions. The cupcake has arrived and with more variations on the cake theme than ever.

When a cupcake crosses with a brownie, a satisfying, deep chocolate flavor is presented in the form of a little cake. Brownie cupcakes make a deliciously dense cake, especially tasty with a sweet addition of natural raisins. The recipe comes together quickly in a single pot on the stove top, an excellent option for quick cleanups.

Top the cupcakes with a sprinkling of powdered sugar or a drizzle of glaze, excellent for lunchboxes. For the full cupcake effect, traditional buttercream frosting dresses up the brownie cupcakes for a party.

Brownie Cupcakes

  • 3 oz. (3 squares) unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 11/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 stick (8-oz.) butter, softened
  • 1 box (16-oz.) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease or line 12 (23/4-inch) muffin cups with paper baking cups.
  2. In a large saucepan, over very low heat, combine chocolate and butter; heat just until melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar; blend well.
  3. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, walnuts, and raisins. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling almost full.
  4. Bake at 350°F. for 30 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or frost as desired. Makes 12 cupcakes.


Frosting:

In a small mixing bowl, combine first four ingredients and 2 tablespoons of milk. With an electric mixer, combine on low until blended. Continue to beat on high until fluffy, adding additional milk as needed for spreading consistency.

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