Hunks of Burning Love Cupcakes
- 3 eggs, room temperature
- 3/4 C. butter, room temperature
- 3 C. all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground red pepper
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 2 1/4 C. sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 Tbs. red food coloring
- 1 1/2 C. buttermilk
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp. vinegar
- 1/2 C. butter or margarine
- 6 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 Tbs. buttermilk
- 4 1/2 C. sifted powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2-1 tsp. Chipotle-flavored or jalapeno-flavored pepper sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 28 2-1/2-inch cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. NOTE: If desired, use silicone heart-shaped cupcake liners placed on a rimmed baking sheet, or place regular paper liners in metal heart-shaped cupcake pan.
In medium bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, red pepper, cinnamon and salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl beat butter on medium-high 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until combined. One at a time, add eggs; beat on medium after each. Beat in food coloring on low.Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to egg mixture; beat on low to medium speed after each just until combined. Stir together baking soda and vinegar. Add to batter; beat just until combined. Spoon batter into prepared pans, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake 15-17 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely before frosting cupcakes.
Frosting:In a medium saucepan stir together butter or margarine, unsweetened cocoa powder and buttermilk. Cook and stir until boiling; remove from heat. Beat in sifted powdered sugar, vanilla and pepper sauce to taste with an electric mixer on low speed until blended.
Decorating Note: You can melt white chocolate chips with a touch of red food coloring and drizzle a heart on top of each cupcake. For a more grown-up taste, you could replace one or two tablespoons of the buttermilk with orange-flavored liqueur or cinnamon schnapps in both the batter and frosting.