Garden fairy chocolate almond cupcakes

Nutty chocolate cupcakes with a creamy buttercream frosting and decorated with colored sugar, these chocolate almond cupcakes will be a hit with the little ones

Nutty chocolate cupcakes with a creamy buttercream frosting and decorated with colored sugar, these chocolate almond cupcakes will be a hit with the little onesI grew up in a very supportive family. I remember, years ago, when I was in school, every year my parents enrolled me in a different extra curricular activity. Over the course of years, I’ve tried painting, drawing, sewing, tennis, dancing, pottery, singing, handball and basketball. Except basketball, the rest were fun at the beginning, but after few classes I did not find them interesting enough to make me look forward to the next class.

Not one year my parents complained I was changing my interest. They let me discover what sparkled my interest.

Some years I was really jealous with my sister. She loved dancing from the very first moment she stepped in the dancing room and went back year after year until highschool. Garden fairy chocolate almond cupcakes Now, that I’m a parent I want to let my daughter find what makes her happy. About a year ago we asked her what she loves most. Soccer was her quick answer. And to sing. And bounce. And play piano.

Until recently we could not find a soccer team she can be part of, but she’s been taking piano lessons ever since and we’re all so proud of her. She’s now looking forward to her weekly piano and soccer classes.

I love that she found something she’s interested in. I know, maybe in a year or two she may want to try something else and I will support her no matter what she chooses.  When she’s not singing along with the cd player or practicing the piano, we find ourselves making sweet treats, throwing tea parties for the dolls or coloring, displaying the color pages in her room or the kitchen art wall for everyone to admire.

Sunday night, we cuddle up on the sofa to watch a Disney movie. No matter if it’s a classic like Cinderella or a new production like Sofia the First, The Floating Palace, it’s our time. No matter what, we make time for movie and cuddles. Speaking of Disney movies, we’re both excited about the All-New Tinker Bell movie The Pirate Fairy available on Blu-ray and Digital HD starting April 1st. Click here to purchase your own copy.

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Garden fairy chocolate almond cupcakes recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours

Yield: 22 cupcakes

Garden fairy chocolate almond cupcakes recipe

Nutty chocolate cupcakes with a creamy buttercream frosting and decorated with colored sugar, these chocolate almond cupcakes will be a hit with the little ones

Ingredients

    Chocolate almond cupcakes
  • 10 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • Frosting
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350F. Line 2X12 hole cupcake pan with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl with the paddle attachment on add butter and sugar. On low speed, cream until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the almond extract.
  4. With a spatula, scrape the sides of the bowl.
  5. Combine the flour with the baking powder and cocoa.
  6. Alternately, add the flour and the milk to the creamed butter.
  7. Divide the cupcake batter between 22 paper cups.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 23 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before topping with the frosting.
  10. To make the frosting, in a mixing bowl, with the wire whisk on, whip the butter until fluffy. Gently beat in the powder sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until all the sugar is incorporated.
  11. Slowly, with the mixer on low speed, pour enough heavy cream to reach the desired consistency.
  12. Once you added the heavy cream, increase the mixer's speed to medium high and whip the frosting for 1 minute.
  13. With a small spatula or a spoon, top each cupcake with frosting. Decorate with colored sugar, if desired.
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Happy baking,

Roxana

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Comments

  1. says

    Such a sweet post, Roxana! You are such a good mom to allow your daughters to explore their interests like your parents allowed you to do. Your daughter is precious! :) These garden fairy cupcakes are adorable and perfect for spring. I love the colors and that the flavor is almond. Thanks for sharing. Pinning (of course)!

  2. shoba says

    Hi Roxana, you have mentioned that your Lil girl is interested in soccer – have you heard about the Coerver coaching – they teach soccer skills for children from 6 years of age. I was associated with Coerver India for a short time. Please inquire.
    I also made sure that both my kids (boys) learnt different skills each vacation now they are grown up and my younger son shares my passion for baking and creative art.

    • says

      Hi Shoba,

      I haven’t heard about Coerver coaching but we found a local soccer coach who teaches kids 4 and under.
      Thanks for the suggestion.

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