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Chipotle Devil’s Food Mini Cupcakes

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Chipotle Devil’s Food Mini Cupcakes
  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 32
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These chocolatey cupcakes are made with chipotle chile powder, making for one devilishly delicious dessert.

Ingredients

Cake

1
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3/4
cup granulated sugar
1/3
cup unsweetened dark baking cocoa
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4
teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/2
cup buttermilk
1/3
cup butter, softened
1
egg
1/2
teaspoon vanilla

Frosting

6
oz cream cheese, softened
3
cups powdered sugar
Red gel or paste food color
Green food color
1/2
to 1 teaspoon milk

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Place mini paper baking cup in each of 32 mini muffin cups. In large bowl, combine all cake ingredients. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Fill muffin cups 2/3 to 3/4 full, about 1 tablespoon per cup.
  • 2 Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  • 3 In small bowl, combine cream cheese and powdered sugar. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until mixed. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Spoon 2 tablespoons into one custard cup and 2 tablespoons into another custard cup; set aside. To remaining frosting, gradually beat in enough to make frosting smooth and spreadable. Frost cupcakes.
  • 4 Stir small amount of red food color into 2 tablespoons of the frosting, or until bright red. Stir 1 drop green food color into remaining 2 tablespoons frosting or until medium green. Spoon each colored frosting into a small resealable food-storage plastic bag. Cut 1/4-inch opening in one corner of red frosting bag. Pipe a small chili pepper on top of each cupcake, curving slightly and tapering to a soft point. Snip a tiny opening in one corner of the green frosting bag. Squiggle a little frosting at the wide end of the pepper for stem. Store in refrigerator.
Tips  

The chipotle chili powder gives these chocolaty treats a slightly smoky flavor plus a bit of heat. You can use regular chili powder, which will provide less heat, or ancho chili powder, which will provide some heat but no smoky flavor. Look for the specialty chili powders with the other spices at the supermarket.

Gel or paste food color will provide a vibrant red color without softening the frosting. You can use liquid food color, but the frosting might not hold its shape as well.

Only have 2 mini muffin pans? Refrigerate the remaining batter. Once the muffins have been removed from pan, line with paper baking cups and bake batter as directed.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Mini Cupcake
Calories
120
(
Calories from Fat
35
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
6%
(
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
12%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
15mg
6%
Sodium
95mg
4%
Potassium
35mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
20g
7%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
16g
)
Protein
1g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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