CHOCOLATE!

CHOCOLATE!  I love chocolate!  We attended the Northwest Chocolate Festival and had a great time.  We ate a cacao bean, crunchy, pithy, and bitter.  I think it is amazing someone once ate one and thought something could be made of it.  We tasted hickory smoked chocolate chips and decided they were not a favorite.  My husband’s favorite were the chocolates made by Hot Chocolat, habanero caramel in dark chocolate, cayenne caramel in dark chocolate, and firehouse chili in dark chocolate.  My favorites are always truffles.  Now we are in Chicago, some people clothes shop in Chicago, not me.  I am enjoying chocolate shopping.  Fannie May, Vosges, Hershey’s, Ghirardelli…I am in heaven.  When I get home, I think I might be making some truffles, and getting on the elliptical!

     

     

     

     

 

Lindor Truffle Chocolate Cupcakes

My sister was given some cupcakes by a friend and she said, “They are so good, you have to try them!”.  Well, of course I do, and I did!  She is so right, thanks Candace, they are great.  How can you miss when you have a delicious chocolate cupcake, add a creamy truffle in the middle, and top it with smooth, rich cream cheese frosting.  So I say to you…you have to try them!

Chocolate Cupcakes:
1 box devils food cake mix
1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 cup sour cream
Milk chocolate Lindor truffles by Lindt – approximately 24 (I used milk chocolate & white chocolate, they have other flavors too)

Preheat oven to 350°.  Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans.  Unwrap truffles, set aside.  In large bowl, mix cake mix, pudding, eggs, oil, water, and sour cream with electric mixer.  Fill liners 2/3 full.  Bake 5 minutes, remove from oven and lightly press a truffle into each partially baked cupcake.  Return to oven and bake additional 13 minutes (for a total of 18 minutes).  Cool completely, then frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

Whip together all frosting ingredients with electric mixer.  Frost completely cooled cupcakes.

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