The Grown-Up Chocolate Cupcake

The Grown-Up Chocolate Cupcake

Ah, the cupcake. A perfectly sized single serving dessert usually eaten as a child. Why should kids have all the fun? I have added coffee, a little spice and some brandy to these cupcakes which make them ideal to serve at your next grown-up dinner or holiday. These cupcakes also work well served bite sized. Just use a 24 cup cupcake tin and reduce baking time in half. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top before serving or some edible gold stars.

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Spiked Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Cupcake

Chocolate Cupcake with Brandy Vanilla Frosting
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cupcakes, Spiked Cupcakes, boozy desserts
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 249kcal


  • cupcake pan
  • paper cucake inserts



  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp Starbucks instant pumpkin latte OR instant coffee


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp Brandy or B&B



  • preheat oven to 350
  • Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl
  • add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes
  • mix coffee or latte and boiling water
  • add to batter and mix with spoon for 3 minutes – batter will be watery
  • fill paper lined cupcake tins half way
  • bake for 20-25 minutes
  • let cool before frosting


  • cream butter, vanilla and brandy together
  • add sugar a little at a time
  • if too dry add a tablespoon or two of milk


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg

Warm Apple Crisp

serves 8

Apple Crisp

This is a family favorite. My kids love to walk into the house when the apple crisp is baking in the oven. It makes the whole house smell delicious. It is the perfect Fall and Winter dessert and is oh so easy….

  • 5 apples – peeled, cored and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 7 tablespoons butter – softened

Preheat oven to 350

Toss apples with cinnamon and place in a buttered baking dish. Mix flour and sugar together and then blend in softened butter. Use a fork to keep mixing until it is crumbly. Sprinkle over apples and bake in oven for 30 minutes until bubbling and starting to brown on top. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.