I came across this recipe from Endless Simmer a few months ago and it has been on my to-do list for forever! I love Mudslides and turning them into a cupcake sounded AMAZING! ... And it was!
I made these when we went away for the weekend to Bennett Springs for trout fishing. The cabin had limited cooking utensils and measuring cups (only teaspoons and a 2-cup glass measuring cup... No Tablespoons! I had to do a lot of converting!) But they seemed to turn out pretty good. still. I made the frosting with a hand mixer... because I wasn't about to transport my stand mixer....well I was, but my fiance convinced me to leave it behind.
Doesn't the frosting look kind of like soft-serve ice cream?
And now for the recipe. I actually started sifting my flour a few weeks ago. Before, I always thought that was too much work and it couldn't possibly make a difference. Well, let me tell you, it absolutely does make a difference! The cupcakes come out super light and fluffy when you sift the flour, it is worth the extra step!
The only thing I really changed about this recipe was the Bailey's. The original recipe had you making your own home-made bailey's... but I used store-bought Bailey's instead. And it was delicious in my hot chocolate later that night! ;)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners; set aside.
- Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
- Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
- Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
- Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. (It took only 15 minutes for me so make sure to check them early!)
- Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.
Now for the frosting. You make one frosting base, then split it into two bowls. And turn one into Bailey's and one into Kahlua.
- 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
- ¾ cup sugar
- Pinch salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into 16 pieces
- Combine egg whites and sugar in a large heat proof bowl. Set the bowl over (not on) simmering water in a sauce pan and heat, whisking constantly until sugar has dissolved. The mixture is ready when with it is very warm to the touch, about 2 minutes and approximately 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
- Remove from mixture from heat and transfer to a stand mixer bowl and beat on high until egg white mixture is fluffy, led to room temperature and holds stiff peaks, about 6 minutes.
- Turn the speed to medium low, add salt and the butter a few pieces at a time, beating well after each addition. Turn the speed to high and beat until mixture is creamy, about 3-5 minutes more. Evenly split buttercream into two separate bowls.
Bailey’s and Chocolate Kahlua Frostings
- To make the Baileys buttercream add 3 tablespoons of Baileys into one bowl and beat until combined.
- To make the Chocolate Kahlua Frosting in the other bowl, add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, 4 oz of melted semi-sweet chocolate and 3 tablespoons of Kahlua and beat until combined.