Brownie Cupcakes

Brownie Cupcakes

Growing up in a Philadelphia suburb, I have vivid memories of a restaurant called the Country Squire Diner. It was one of those typical 1970′s diners with large booths. The restaurant had a long counter with round stools, and behind the counter were mirrored display cases with sundae dishes filled with cubed jello or fruit cup. Does anyone even serve fruit cup anymore…or jello? Anyway, what always caught my attention upon entering this place was the revolving display case with pre-cut pieces of cake, endlessly going around in circles.

Now these were huge hunks of cake, usually seven or eight layers. Chocolate, lemon, carrot cake and strawberry shortcake were popular 1970′s favorites. My friends and I would actually order those desserts, one for each of us, and finish them.  Those days are so over.  If you read my blog, then you know I make my desserts now in mini versions. Everything in moderation, right?

My family are big chocolate lovers, so I made these Mini Brownie Cupcakes. They’re not really brownies, nor are they cupcakes, but kinda like if a brownie and a cupcake had a kid, this is what you would get. There’s lots of bold cocoa flavor in these little mini’s. You can give them a dusting of confectioner’s sugar if you like, or maybe a drizzle of melted chocolate. For me, they’re a perfect, little treat.

Brownie Cupcakes

Brownie Cupcake Bites

Adapted from Best Ever Cookie Collection

  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetend coca powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup whole milk 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line your mini muffin tin with mini cupcake papers, or you could brush your tin with melted butter using a pastry brush.
  3. Melt the butter in a small pan over medium-low heat.
  4. Pour the butter into the bowl of an electric mixer, and using the paddle attachment stir the sugar and cocoa powder in until incorporated.
  5. Add the eggs and vanilla and slowly beat until combined.
  6. In another bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and pinch of salt. Stir with a whisk.
  7. With mixer on medium-low, add flour mixture to the chocolate mixture. Stir in milk until well blended.
  8. Spoon batter into cupcake liners until 1/2 full.
  9. Bake for about 10-13 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Do not overbake these or they will become hard. Remember all ovens are different, so keep an eye on the pan
Yields about 60 mini bites

Recipe: Easy   

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17 Comments on “Brownie Cupcakes”

  1. df says:

    I know what we’ll be baking after school today. Lovely!

  2. Leslie says:

    Those dessert cases are still there. Probably with the same cakes!

  3. Mama, they look wonderful – I love the box they’re presented in :D

  4. Tamara says:

    wow do these look good! You’re right about the mini size…everyone is watching their weight, but you do want something sweet, so mini hits the mark. Just saw the menu that Wolfgang Puck is doing for the Oscar’s Governor’s Ball…guess what…all small bites…

  5. Rae says:

    I love your blog and come back to it regularly! The juxtaposition of recipes and restaurant reviews is perfect! I only wish I lived in California so I could eat at some of those places… ;)

    I will have to try this soon! (I have a tiny kitchen here in South Korea, so toaster-oven friendly baking is perfect for me!)

    • Hi Rae, thanks for stopping by. I visited your blog and it seems you have quite an interesting life in South Korea! I really liked your Thanksgiving post! We take so much for granted living in America. Never thought turkey would be a hard item to find.

  6. myfudo says:

    I love the simple recipe, I can see it really looks smooth and flavorful for my tastebuds. I would love to experiment with the decorations too. My little girl would love to play wth sprinkles on this cuppycakes…Thanks!

  7. Medeja says:

    2 in 1! That’s really lovely!

  8. Little bite size brownies? Yes please – look so flavoursome and filled with deliciousness (craving them now!)
    Beautiful presentation!

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Two Twix Fudgy ‘Whities’

  9. kat says:

    that is beautiful! how did you powder them to get the hearts??

    • Hi Kat,
      I cut out a little cardboard heart and laid it on top of the cupcake, and then with a fine sieve, dusted the cupcake with powdered sugar. When you remove the heart, Voila!

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  11. lmarea3070 says:

    I tried this recipe because I have company coming tomorrow and they taste great!

  12. ye-mek says:

    It looks awsome… So lovely :) We love them…

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