#23: Hot Chocolate & Marshmallow Cupcakes

In September, I started a cupcake adventure. If you haven't read about it yet, you can do so here. ***

Over the course of the past few months, I have acquired several kinds of chips:

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But today's recipe calls for just these two: Special Dark and Mini

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And a dozen or so of these babies. Mmm. Fluffy, sugary goodness.

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A HUGE Thank You to my mother-in-love for loaning me her food scale. Without it, I'd totally be guessing how many chocolate chips are in 8 ounces...

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Like most healthy yummy recipes, you start with your dark chocolate chips and two sticks of butter (I know, I know. You health nuts can go ahead and cringe now.)

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You melt that down until the chocolate is completely incorporated...but you don't want to COOK it, so don't get it too hot, just hot enough to melt.

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So you have the likes of this: chocolate soup!

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Next, you cream the eggs and sugar together.

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This makes quite a frothy combo.

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Next come the dry ingredients.

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And the chocolate soup.

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The final mixture looks like this:

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Get your muffin pan lined and ready. Being frugal and not one to care if the papers match or not, I used up some odds and ends by mixing together several kinds of papers.

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Fill the cups with the batter...

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remember these guys? The Minis? Now's their chance to shine!

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A teaspoon or so of the Minis are sprinkled on each cupcake.

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The cakes are then baked in the oven. The recipe said they would be "very moist", but when I took them out of the oven, they seemed RAW in the middle...like a molten lava cake. Throwing caution to the wind and straying from my recipe, I cooked them for another 10 minutes to see if they'd set up in the center.

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Once they were cooked sufficiently, I topped each one with a fluffy jumbo marshmallow and stuck them under the broiler (oh, and burnt my arm in the process. Such fun!).

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Clearly, my broiler doesn't heat very evenly. Or maybe it's the fact that I'd never used the broiler in a gas oven before and didn't really know what I was doing. :) At any rate, they turned out to be very DELICIOUS!!!

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Chocolatey, marshmallowy, warm, and ooey-gooey. Mmm mmm mmm.

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