#21: Chocolate Sundae Cupcakes

In September of 2009, I started a cupcake adventure. If you haven't read about it yet, you can do so here. ***

Today is my cousin Zoe's birthday. For my entire life, she's been one of my very best friends. Since she lives in Seattle and I can't be there to bake her a birthday cake, this blog post will have to do.

I love you, Stinky!! Happy 28th!!! Try to imagine these cupcakes on the screen are real...just for you!!

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Let me say this up front: these cupcakes were WAY fussier than anything I would normally make. But, since we're pretending these are for Zoe's birthday, they were well worth the fuss. :)

The first step was to put a vanilla bean in some milk and boil it just slightly, then let it cool for a while.

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While the 'cooling' was happening, I got to work creaming the butter and sugar.

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Next, the recipe said to split the vanilla bean and scrape out its insides.

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That's vanilla, not pepper. :)

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Dry ingredients were combined with the butter and sugar.

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And the vanilla milk was added to make mashed potatoes!! (only kidding).

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While the batter was baking inside it's cute little papers, I was boiling a cocoa/sugar syrup for the icing.

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Once it reached the appropriate temperature, the syrup was removed from the heat, placed in a pan of cool water and whipped with a hand-held mixer. (Are you seeing the fussiness yet?)

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The result:

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So I had these lovely cupcakes with no topping:

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And I dressed them up with some cooked chocolate fussy-pants icing and some chopped peanuts.

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In all, they were really cute and pretty tasty...but they were sure a lot of work. There has GOT to be an easier way to make chocolate icing!