Thursday, December 20, 2012

TCS: Mississippi Mud Cupcakes with(out) Marshmallow Frosting

The Cake Slice
are baking our second cake from
 Above: 2nd tray was flat rather than domed.... and I am so tempted
to whipped up cream cheese frosting - but its so late as is, perhaps the next time I bake this again
perhaps drizzling some chocolate ganache will complete the bake
but it still taste great!
The cake was moist, chocolately and just sweet enough for me to do
without adding any ganache to the above topping!! 
I am happy with my first Mississippi Mud Cupcakes!

Mississippi Mud Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting
Makes 24 cupcakes
1 cup hot coffee
3/4 cup cocoa
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar (I used only slightly more than 1 cup)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup toasted, chopped pecans (I used half macadamien/half hazelnut - clearing out my pantry!)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cupcake pans or place liners in wells of pans.

In a small bowl, whisk the hot coffee into the cocoa and set aside to cool.

Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Whisk by hand to ensure they are well mixed. Stir the chopped roasted nuts and choc chips into flour mixture.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and cooled cocoa mixture. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir batter together with a rubber spatula until just combined (too much mixing = tough, unevenly domed cupcakes).  (my first tray of 12 cakes were perfectly domed; but the second tray was rather flat)

Fill each well about 3/4 full. Place filled pans on middle rack of oven. Bake until cupcakes have domed nicely and bounce back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes.

Cool the cupcakes in their pan on a wire rack. Once they have cooled, remove them from the pan and pipe a mound of marshmallow frosting on each.

These cupcakes will keep for three days in an airtight container at room temperature.

For the marshmallow frosting please head over to my fellow TCS baker, Charlene's Blog!  and HERE to see the rest of our members' results


  1. Good job! I love that you actually used marshmallows for the topping! It's way simpler and looks yummy! I wish we could get together and have a cup of coffee while enjoying these! They were soooo good!

  2. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who didn't use the marshmallow frosting called for. I almost did what you did and stuck a marshmallow on top :P

  3. Hi Paloma,

    I just did not have energy to do the frosting from scratch!

    Woohoo Becca,

    I still needed to put them marshmallow topped cupcakes back in the oven and bake them! hahahaha

    Ms C,
    Hopping over to yours soon to have a taste!

  4. Emily, your decorating skills are so very nice- the marshmallows and nuts look like lovely little winter flowers! :)

  5. Emily,

    despite the lack of time, your cupcakes still looks good :) Psst, even without the frosting, I managed to whack a cupcake in a jiffy!!

  6. Hi Grace,

    Visited your blog much earlier but my comment disappeared into thin air! Just tried again twice but to no avail ;( Will keep trying!!

    Clever girl you with the fudge frosting.. will give that a try soon! Happy that these cupcakes are so well received! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays ahead!

  7. Hi Joy,
    Not very good deco for a mud cupcake though! LOL

    Thanks for popping by!! ;)

  8. Your cupcake looks good, Emily! And wonderful idea with the marshmallow! Yummy, yum!

  9. Love your version of the frosting!

  10. Macadamian nuts and chocolate, so lovely together! I bet they were delish!

  11. I will have to check out your marshmallow topping--I will admit the frosting recipe intimidated me a bit, but it turned out just fine.

  12. Oh how delish! I love your easy marshmallow fun! : )

  13. Hi Emily,
    Happy New Year to you and your family!
    Best wishes for a wonderful 2013!

  14. Your cupcakes look so cute. I just loved the deep chocolate-y taste to these cupcakes.

  15. Your marshmallow slices make them look like flower - so fun!