Recipe: (modified to use slivered almonds instead of walnuts – as it’s what I had available!) www.foolproofliving.com/oreo-crusted-walnut-banana-blondies
…with dark chocolate frosting!
I was craving to bake (and eat) a cupcake at 9pm, but out of eggs. Not to worry! This recipe doesn’t contain eggs, butter, or milk – so if you have an allergy to any of those ingredients, this is also a great option to get a chocolate cupcake fix! Additionally, it’s healthier, unless you decide to smear it with dark chocolate frosting… like I did. The frosting does contain butter and milk.
Recipe for cupcakes: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grandmas-eggless-butterless-milkless-cake/
They get a light crust on the outside and are soft in the center. I cut the sugars down in half as a matter of preference. The recipe is for cake, but halving the recipe yields a dozen cupcakes…350F for 15 minutes (my oven his hyperactive though). Definitely spray the muffin tin with oil or use cupcake liners to avoid potential sticking.
Recipe for frosting: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/08/18/pumpkin-cupcakes-with-dark-chocolate-frosting/
With Buttercream Frosting instead of the traditional Cream Cheese Frosting
I cut the sugar down from 2 cups to 1.5. Didn’t have walnuts; used pecans. Not a fan of raisins, so those were left out.
Buttercream frosting recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gale-gand/quick-vanilla-buttercream-frosting-recipe/index.html
The few adjustments I made were to replace one of the tablespoons of oil with unsweetened applesauce, omitted the sugar, and instead of buttermilk I used 2% milk – as it’s what I had on hand. And of course, I added blueberries since I had an abundance of them!
Instead of flour, these are made with cooked quinoa.
Frosting is just 1/4 cup butter melted and browned, cooled for a few minutes in a separate bowl, then added 1 cup of powdered sugar… mixed well. It will smooth out the longer you mix it! The “sprinkles” are from a failed caramel glaze I originally made for these.
Chocolate Cupcake recipe: http://www.bakeaholic.ca/cupcakes/dark-chocolate-cupcakes/ (I reduced sugar to 3/4 cup because I knew the frosting would be very sweet)
Browned Butter Frosting recipe: (from colleague: 1/2 cup butter, 4 cups powdered sugar, 2 TB milk, 1 tsp vanilla. Brown the butter in a small saucepan, remove from heat and pour into mixing bowl, add the remaining ingredients and whip it up with a mixer until you reach desired consistency, adding more milk as needed. I added a total of 3.5TB milk)