Rainy Day Goodies

Posted on August 14, 2011. Filed under: Baking for 2, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Dairy, Desserts, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , |

It’s a miserable, rainy day, complete with thunder and lightning.  To make the day even better, we had to go to the unveiling of my step-son-in-law’s father’s grave stone today.  It is a Jewish custom  for the grave stone to be put in place and for an unveiling ceremony to be held after the mourning (Kaddish) period [11 months for parents and 30 days for other close relatives] is over, but no later than one year after the death. While many families wait until almost the full year has passed to do the unveiling, it may be done sooner.  So you see, I was looking for something fattening and gooey when I Stumbled! across this recipe. The recipe and the photo comes from a website called Dessert for Two.  You have to check it out!  I’m even putting a link for the website on my blogroll!  Anyway, I want to thank Christina of Desert for Two for sharing this recipe with us.  I am not positive, but I think she is also the photographer who took the great photo of this cupcake!  Please visit her website!


Makes 4 cupcakes

  • For the cupcakes:
  • 2 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60% cacao)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6 tablespoons unbleached flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  • For the frosting:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (I used light), at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Place 4 paper cupcake liners in a muffin tin.
  2. In a small bowl, add the chocolate and canola oil. Microwave on 30 second pulses, stirring between each pulse, until chocolate is completely melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a medium bowl, add the flour and baking powder and stir with a fork to combine.
  4. To the chocolate mixture, whisk in the sugar, followed by the egg and vanilla. Whisk this mixture together very well. Add all of the flour at once and stir with a spoon or spatula to combine.
  5. Divide the batter between the cupcake liners and bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool in the muffin tin for 5 minutes before moving the cupcakes to a wire cooling rack.
  6. To make the frosting: In a medium bowl, add all ingredients and beat together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost and serve.

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It is snowing where I am and I want to bake soemthing today. These look great!

Bonfood, thank you for leaving a comment. You are the first person to leave a comment at A Tzimmes. I especially appreciate it from coming all the way from New Zealand! I didn’t think it ever snowed there. Is it usual? Again, thank you for posting!

I’m so glad my cupcakes could brighten up your day!
Thanks for sharing my recipe 🙂

I’m not Jewish, but I really like the sound of the tradition of unveiling the gravestone with the family. Sometimes after a funeral, you feel like no one thinks about that person again. It’s left to the immediate family to purchase the gravestone after the funeral. I like the idea of everyone gathering once again after the funeral. I’m certain that the deceased person would be happy that the family is gathering together again 🙂

Hi, Christina! Thank you for taking the time to reply and your kindness of sharing! I just wanted to let you know, that in our religion, not only do we gather at the grave site after the first year (actually 11 months) after the death of a loved one, but we say special prayers (called Kaddish) on each anniversary (Yahrzeit) of the departed’s death, and then then have a special memorial service (called Yiskor) during Yom Kippur to remember our departed. These prayers are supposed to be said in a synagogue with at least 10 males (females are counted in the Conservative and Reform synagogues) over the age of 13. This is so people know that they are not alone and if they need comfort, they can find it in their religious community. It is a comforting tradition. I hope I got this straight…it’s 5:38 a.m. and I have been up since 2 a.m., so I’m a bit brain dead right now!

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