Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Before you guys all attack me…I KNOW. I know it has been a super super long time since I last posted, but I figured it’s about time I get back at it a little bit.Triple Chocolate Cupcakes | Beautiful Disasters

If you guys don’t remember, I’m in college and am actually in my sophomore year now and loving it. School definitely keeps me busy and making new recipes and taking pictures is nearly impossible because I don’t exactly have access to a kitchen, so when I’ve gotten a chance at home I’ve tried to take advantage of it!

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This past week I’ve been relaxing at home for our Thanksgiving break. I got my wisdom teeth out Monday, which I’m happy I won’t have to do again, so I’ve been a bit lazy. I mainly helped out in the desserts department this year for Thanksgiving, which is honestly my specialty, so it’s probably best for me to remain the master of the area.

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These cupcakes are a recipe I’ve made about a million times before, they’re one of my dad’s absolute FAVORITES. He is such a chocolate fanatic, that these are not even close to too chocolately for him…as if that would ever be possible.

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This chocolate frosting is one of my favorites, it’s one of the fluffiest buttercreams I have ever tasted and has the perfect amount of chocolate in it. The chocolate mousse filling really makes the cupcake something special and makes it the amazing cupcake it is. Surprise someone you love with these chocolate bombs if you really wanna impress them!

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Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

(Makes 20-24 cupcakes)

1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used dark cocoa powder)
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Line cupcake tins with liners.
  2. In a small bowl, pour boiling water over cocoa powder, and whisk until smooth. Let mixture cool. Into a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together with a mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Stir in vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture. Add the cocoa mixture. Pour batter into prepared cupcake tins.
  4. Bake in preheated oven 15-18 minutes. Allow to cool in tins, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. When thoroughly cooled, fill with chocolate mousse and frost with frosting below.

Chocolate Mousse

2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups chocolate chips, melted and slightly cooled

  1. Using a mixer with the whisk attachment, beat heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold in cooled, melted chocolate with wire whisk until thoroughly incorporated. Set aside or place in fridge until ready to stuff cooled cupcakes.
  2. Once ready to stuff cooled cupcakes, fill a piping bag fitted with a plain, round tip with the chocolate mousse mixture. Place tip of piping bag into the center of cooled cupcake and squeeze filling into cupcake until full and the cupcake starts to crack around where the tip is inserted. Repeat process with remaining cupcakes.

Fluffy Chocolate Frosting

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted and slightly cooled

  1. Using a mixer, beat butter until creamy. Mix in vanilla extract. Slowly beat in powdered sugar and salt. Once thoroughly combined, beat in cooled chocolate chips and beat until light, fluffy, and completely combined.
  2. Frost cupcakes as desired. Store cupcakes in covered container in the refrigerator. It is important to not leave these cupcakes at room temperature for over 2 hours because of the high dairy content in the chocolate mousse filling.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I hope you all have a great day and are able to spend it with those you love and are thankful for. I am incredibly grateful for my wonderful family and supportive friends. I have been so blessed, and while it is great to remember these blessings today, I hope to be as grateful for these every other day of my life as well.

I hope you all go to bed tonight happy with full tummies!

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Here’s some Thanksgiving Turkey cake balls I made just using melting chocolate and homemade chocolate cake. If you don’t know how to make cake balls, here’s a post I made previously.

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Turkey Cake Balls | Beautiful Disasters

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bread

Why do some things become so much more interesting late at night?

I’m talking about things like random movies that are playing on TV. All the snacks in the house seem to be calling your name. All of a sudden it seems like the perfect time to pin clothes I could never afford on pinterest while planning out my wildly unrealistic “dream house”.

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I can’t even tell you how many movies I’ve gotten myself tied up in at 12AM because you simply can not just start watching a movie and go to bed, you must finish said movie no matter how dumb or ridiculous it is.

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Along with these late night movies come the inevitable late night commercials. Some are just seriously downright confusing. Like this one with Audrey Hepburn. Like she just leaves her train and jumps in a car with some random guy and starts eating chocolate? Okay, forsure.

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Sometimes late at night I also get the urge to bake. This pumpkin snickerdoodle bread was a late night concoction that I made a while ago, but just dug up the photos for the other day. This flavor combo is seriously dynamite. I mean what part of snickerdoodle and pumpkin could not be awesome?? This is such an easy and delicious recipe that I have no doubt you all will love.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bread

(Makes 2 loaves)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
15 oz. can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup water
FOR THE TOPPING:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and grease 2 loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl whisk flours, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon. In a separate bowl, whisk pumpkin, oil, maple syrup, and water. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together topping ingredients and sprinkle over the tops of the loafs.
  5. Bake loafs in preheated oven for 1 hour 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes, then enjoy!

Random Fact of the Day: The oil used by jewelers to lubricate clocks and watches costs about $3,000 a gallon.

Chocolate Reeses Pieces Cookies

I’ve been on a crazy fruit kick lately. It’s a little unreal. (I know this is totally unrelated to what recipe I’m sharing today)

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My biggest obsession lately has been blueberries. Oh my goodness, it’s like I’ve never tasted them before. I’m so addicted that I’m a little nervous that I am going to cause a worldwide blueberry shortage.

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As a late night treat lately, I’ve been having a sliced apple with a tiny bit of biscoff spread or simply the apple just by itself. Like who am I? Since when did an apple become a late night treat?

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Thankfully this addiction is pretty darn healthy, so I’m not too concerned. However, this addiction has not curved my love for chocolate. Especially in cookie [dough] form. I made these cookies a looong time ago, back in November, but I just found the photos the other day. You seriously can’t go wrong with this recipe, I mean seriously, chocolate..peanut butter..what else do you need?

Chocolate Reeses Pieces Cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

3/4 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder (I used dark cocoa powder)

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 fun size packages of Reeses Pieces

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, cream together butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Slowly mix in whisked dry ingredients.
  4. Scoop cookie dough by the Tablespoonful onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Stick 4-5 Reese’s Pieces in to each cookie. Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes or until set. Let cool on cookie sheet for about 2 minutes then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling. Store in air tight container.

Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower

If you’re a long time reader by now you may know that I have worked for our local pool the past few summer. Well I’m continuing the tradition and working there, again, this summer while I’m home from college.

Now while we are working at the pool we have a uniform. It’s a pretty relaxed, chill uniform. Nothing too fancy. We have the option of wearing our own pair of plain blue short, then we must wear our work tank top or short sleeve shirt. Then guys must wear swim trunks and girls must wear a one piece swim suit.

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Okay here’s the thing that kinda just really gets to me. We are supposed to drink a TON of water while we’re working. Like almost drown-yourself-amounts of water. Our managers and boss have a decent concern of us becoming dehydrated in the dry, summer heat that Chicago can bring.

So here we are drinking buckets of water, quenching our little thirsts away, and inevitably bathroom breaks are gonna be had. For me, I’m a *quite* frequent bathroom breaker. It’s possible that my bladder is the size of a blueberry.

THIS is where my problem is. The one piece swim suit. For the love of God, it is 2014, why has there not been a one piece swimsuit invented yet that makes it easy to go to the bathroom?! Like come on, every time I need to go it’s such a major commitment because you have to get pretty much butt naked in the bathroom stall, take off your shirt and the whole darn swimsuit. It’s seriously a huge process.

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I’m having a feeling I’ll now be seeing my dream one piece swimsuit that makes going to the bathroom not a huge ordeal on the next season of Shark Tank…

Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower | Beautiful Disasters

In other news, I made something healthy! Cauliflower, it’s kinda trending lately and I thought I’d jump in. It’s one of those veggies that sounds and looks gross, but seriously guys when it’s done right (LIKE THIS!) it tastes out of this world and still packs a healthy punch.

Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower

(Serve 4, 1/2 cup servings)

2 cups (2 lbs) cauliflower, cut into florets
1 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 ground teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat oven to 450˚F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss cauliflower florets with olive oil. In a small bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  3. Toss olive oil coated cauliflower with combined spices until all the cauliflower is evenly coated. Spread seasoned cauliflower on rimmed baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until tender, golden brown, and done. Toss periodically while cooking to ensure even baking. Enjoy!

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