Mud cupcakes! Now doesn’t that sound appealing?
Oh, not that kind of mud. We’re talking about chocolate mud, the kind of mud that is dark and fudgy and rich and sweet and most importantly, edible—and we’re putting it in cupcakes.
A third variation is in another cookbook, Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson—mud cupcakes, stuffed with chocolate chips, pecans, and mini marshmallows and topped with marshmallow frosting. On a whim, I decided to make my own variation of Mississippi mud cupcakes for a friend’s birthday (they told me the day before! I was a little rushed), made with cream cheese frosting instead of egg-filled marshmallow frosting. And obviously, unless I went on a last-minute jaunt over to Whole Foods to find some vegan marshmallows, I couldn’t use actual, gelatin-infused marshmallows in the cake, so I was forced to omit that ingredient as well. The result—rich chocolate cupcakes with plenty of chocolate chips and toasted pecans and a mound of fluffy cream cheese frosting—might not resemble Mississippi mud pie at all, but damn if it’s not delicious.
|That is some seriously DARK chocolate.|
But to satisfy any purists out there, I included an optional “toppings” section in the ingredients: mini vegan marshmallows (although I have no idea where you’d buy those) and chocolate ganache. I imagine those would both make great additions to these already-terrific cupcakes.
|You are now hypnotized by swirls of frosting.|
Perhaps later I’ll make a more authentic Mississippi mud pie. Maybe something like that flourless chocolate cake-pudding concoction in Baked Explorations. But for now, these cupcakes will suffice.
|My friend was certainly happy with them.|
Anyway. Here’s the recipe.
Mississippi mud cupcakes
Adapted from Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson
Makes 12 cupcakes
7 grams • flaxseed meal • 1 tablespoon
45 grams • warm water • 3 tablespoons
122 grams • hot coffee • 1/2 cup
30 grams • Dutch-processed cocoa powder • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons
136 grams • all-purpose flour • 1 cup
200 grams • granulated sugar • 1 cup
2 grams • baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon
3 grams • salt • 1/2 teaspoon
1 gram • baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon
55 grams • toasted chopped pecans • 1/2 cup
92 grams • semisweet chocolate chips • 1/2 cup
122 grams • nondairy milk • 1/2 cup
3 grams • apple cider vinegar • 3/4 teaspoon
52 grams • vegetable oil • 1/4 cup
4 grams • vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon
Cream cheese frosting
224 grams • nondairy cream cheese, room temperature • 8 ounces
112 grams • vegan butter • 1/2 cup
240 grams • powdered sugar • 2 cups
4 grams • vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon
Chocolate ganache, to taste (optional)
Mini vegan marshmallows, to taste (optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 cupcake tins with paper liners or simply grease well.
In a small bowl, combine flaxseed and water. Combine hot coffee and cocoa in a separate small bowl. Set aside.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips. Whisk together flaxseed mixture, milk, vinegar, oil, vanilla, and cocoa mixture in a separate bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir just until combined. Do not over-mix.
Divide batter evenly between prepared tins. Bake for 20 minutes, until the cupcakes have domed on top and bounce back when lightly pressed. Cool in tins on a wire rack.
To make frosting, start by placing vegan butter in the bowl of an electric stand mixer and beat until smooth. Add vegan cream cheese and beat until smooth again. Sift in powdered sugar and continue beating. Add vanilla and incorporate. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for another 2 minutes, until fluffy.
Pipe frosting on top of cupcakes. If desired, add some chocolate ganache and vegan marshmallows on top. Munch.
|The lack of natural light in these photos is making me weep.|
For more delicious birthday-worthy cupcakes, check out these posts below.
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Fudgy brownie cupcakes with matcha frosting. Like tiny Christmas trees!
Pistachio rose cupcakes. For your Persian feast needs.
Tomato cupcakes with balsamic frosting. Strange but good.