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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Sugar High Friday - Surprise Inside

Oooh, my first sugar high friday! It's so fun! Check out the announcement/roundup here.

This month's theme is "surprise inside" so I immediately thought of this new recipe from the September issue of Martha Stewart Living. The surprise, of course, is a small (or large) hunk of chocolate in the center of a vanilla cupcake. If the cake were chocolate it would almost be a molten lava cake, which would be anything but surprising, but since it's vanilla it's a bit more unusual. The cake itself came out very moist and light, with little sugar crystals on top. In fact, it almost has a little bit of an angel/devil combo going on here--fluffy, light exterior and dark middle of indulgence. Stop me if I'm going to far with the metaphor here.

Yet another surprise about this recipe is that it is a one-bowl recipe, which means that since all the ingredients are mixed in the same bowl, it is quite uncomplicated to make and clean-up is a cinch. Plus, the chocolate center eliminates the need for icing. The only change I made worth noting is that I substituted semisweet chocolate chunks for bittersweet. This is probably a safe bet, since the chocolate is going in pure and not everyone likes eating bittersweet straight. Enjoy!


  • Hi Lauren ~ A big warm welcome to food blogging and especially to Sugar High Friday! I'm so glad you're having fun with it all. It does take a bit to find your 'blogging voice' but participating in events like this, even before you're exactly sure what's up, well, it's a great way to start to meet some people and to see how it all goes. I do thank you for playing along, look for the round-up over the weekend! Alanna

    By Blogger Alanna, at 6:55 PM  

  • These look great! It's a nice change to have a chocolate center inside a fluffy vanilla cupcake...makes me want to make them right now!

    By Blogger Josie, at 11:21 AM  

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