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Mudslide Cupcakes (in which Chef Juje Learns to Bake)

This post is a result of several life-changing acquisitions and discoveries I’ve made in the last few weeks:

1.) A working phone, with a working camera, and therefore Instagram.  Leave no meal un-photographed!

2.) A Kitchen Aid standing mixer.  I was almost in *tears* opening it,  both because I was so thrilled to receive the mixer and because I never thought I’d reach a point in life where I’d get teary over a standing mixer.

3.) A Martha Stewart cupcake holder/transporter,  which was a wedding gift from one of Mr. Chef Juje’s single guy friends. There’s something about a 20-something guy going onto a registry and buying something so domestic that I just find absolutely sweet.

4.) drumroll…..The discovery that there is an entire world of people out there making COCKTAIL CUPCAKES.  Seriously.  Google it.

The result – mudslide cupcakes!!  I made them for a 4th of July party yesterday. True, there’s no red, white or blue, but all the cutesy cakes-shaped-like-a-flag desserts would have really been lost on the crowd we were with.  Booze, though, definitely was NOT lost on them.  Alas.  The key to a crowd-pleaser is to know your audience.

The recipe came from The Curvy Carrot (awesome name, by the way) and she does a phenomenal job of explaining all the steps.   The best part was her explanation of the swirls — simply take two pastry bags, one with each type of frosting, then insert into a third pastry bag fitted with a tip.

Chef Juje Thoughts
1.) This is a messy, messy, messy endeavor.
2.) I made mini cupcakes and they were gobbled up.  Mini things are easier to grab and eat.
3.) These are an indoor treat.  The icing gets a little melty.
4.) These are not before-work treats.  They’re not cupcake shots by any means, but the Baileys and Kahlua icings are a little punchy.  This also makes the cooking/taste-testing process VERY INTERESTING.



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