For his birthday this year, I had Sweet Husband pick a cupcake recipe from what has to be the most gorgeous cupcake blog ever--Cupcake Bakeshop by Chockylit. He chose these Chocolate Chai Spice Cupcakes.
I have to begin by saying, I think these are the best cupcakes I've ever tasted. Truly. They're sweet (but in an "adult-sort-of-sweet" way) cinnamon-y, chocolaty, moist--I really don't know how the taste could be improved upon.
And despite the fact that some of Ms. Chockylit's recipes are, well, just a tich above my baking comfort level, this one wasn't too bad. If you're comfortable melting chocolate, it's not a hard recipe.
My only issues? The recipe says it makes 24 cupcakes. I used the regular sized baking cups (just as she uses) and even ended up with several of them overflowing a bit more than I would have liked. I ended up with almost 40 cupcakes! In-and-of-itself, that wouldn't have been a problem, but the frosting recipe really did only make enough for 24, so I actually ended up throwing some of the cupcakes away. (I didn't have enough butter on hand to just double the recipe, and they weren't pretty enough to serve frosting-less.)
Also, while I think the baking cups Chockylit uses look very simple and classy when she uses them, mine ended up just looking a little sloppy. It's back to the foil muffin cups for me next time.
But aside from those two problems, these guys were incredible! Can't wait to gobble a few up at Sweet Husband's party tomorrow night!