It’s Valentine’s Day! The day of baked goods! Baked goods which my wife loves!
But, look. I’m not a baker. I’m the girl that ends up realizing she’s holding the bag with the cheesecake mix in her hand still, after having pushed the cake pan with all the other ingredients into the oven.
That, and if I bake something, despite my failings, I immediately proceed to devour all non-promised portions myself. Within seconds.
Enter Erin’s brilliant mini-batch recipe for cupcakes at Dinners, Dishes and Desserts and my guilty conscience knew I was down a good excuse not to attempt to bake something for the love of my life. But going back to Exhibit A, I am not a baker, there’s also Exhibit B, I am a scientist. Since my wife is definitely a devotee to all things chocolate, I whipped out what I knew about the chemistry of cocoa versus flour and bravely adapted the recipe to make it a mini-batch for cocoa cupcakes. And since this was whole scheme was conceived in about 2 hours to take advantage of the only time I’d be home alone before Valentine’s Day, frosting was not an option, and straight-up peanut butter and a cafeteria bought chocolate-square entered the equation.
Ingredients for 2 cocoa cupcakes with peanut butter and chocolate
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 square chocolate
- 1 egg white
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp margarine
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 cup flour
- 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp light unsweetened soy milk
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Meanwhile, whisk together egg white and sugar.
2. Melt margarine, add margarine and vanilla extract to the egg white mixture, stir well.
3. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until smooth.
4. Stir in cocoa and milk until smooth.
5. Pour into cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes.
6. Let cool and literally 5 minutes before your wife returns home, spread room temperature peanut butter onto cupcakes, microwave the chocolate square for 1 minute and paint a heart on top of the peanut butter with a brush you stole from your wife’s art supplies for cooking purposes long ago.
7. Quickly devour one cupcake and present your wife with remaining cupcake upon her arrival. Revel in astounding baking success. Have a happy Valentine’s Day.
Do you love or hate Valentine’s Day? Do you bake? What is your favorite ever cupcake flavor?