To kick off the fun, I decided to make Sexy Vegan Mama's incredibly adorable Derby Gurlz Double Mocha Mini Cupcakes with Coconut Almond Cream Cheese Frosting. If the name alone doesn't make you smile, one look at these wee chocolate treats will. With just a bite, you will surely be hooked, as were my tasters--some cupcake non-likers, others cupcake devotees, many chocolate lovers, and all (save for yours truly) omnivores. These minis have received nothing but rave reviews and even a few requests for repeat batches!
As mentioned, the recipe follows in straightforward fashion and whips up very quickly. Although not instructed to do so, I sifted the cocoa powder into the dry ingredients to ensure more lump-free distribution of the cocoa. The rest of the recipe was completed as written, with beautiful results.
Making the frosting was nearly as easy making the cakes themselves, with likewise delectable flavor and sweetness. I chose the handheld mixer option, which involves only slightly more effort than using a stand mixer. Only four of six cups of powdered sugar were used to make the frosting appropriately stiff for piping through a makeshift icing bag (i.e., a plastic zip-top bag with a hole cut in the corner and a piping tip slipped in), yielding more than enough frosting to generously top four dozen mini cupcakes. A dusting of cocoa powder and single chocolate chip provided the final decorative touches to each cake, modeled after the version depicted with the recipe.
The mini cupcakes were a pleasure for all who tasted them. Despite lacking the particular coffee flavor I expected from the "mocha" in the recipe title, the cupcakes boasted a deep chocolate richness that often results from adding coffee to chocolate baked goods. Studs of chocolate nestled within the cupcake domes added a welcome textural element to the otherwise plain (although by no means dull) cake. The sweet almond frosting was a delightful complement to the chocolaty intensity of the cake itself. In their entirety, the mini cupcakes were simply divine and dangerously addictive. I was particularly grateful for their diminutive size, which theoretically aids portion control.
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