Lets start with our dry ingredients!

In a medium sized bowl whisk together 1 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of coca powder, 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

In a larger bowl beat 1 stick of room temperature butter with a mixer until it is creamy then to it add 1 egg, 1 egg yolk and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.

It’s always a good idea to crack your eggs into a separate bowl. That way if any of the shell falls in you’ll be able to easily fish it out!

When your eggs, butter and vanilla are well mixed add 1/2 a cup of buttermilk to your bowl.

Fresh out of buttermilk? Don’t worry! A tablespoon of white vinegar mixed with regular ol’ milk will curdle it up in no time!

Now slowly mix in your dry ingredients…

Then divided your batter into 12 cupcake molds.

Pop this into a 350 degree oven for 20 to 23 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of your cupcakes comes out clean.

While those are baking lets make our chocolate glaze!

First we are going to need to make a double boiler. What the heck is that?! In a nut shell it’s a heatproof bowl placed over a sauce pan of simmering water. This contraption keeps delicate sauces and chocolates that can burn easily away from the direct heat of your stove top.

So get some water boiling in a pan, then top it with a metal bowl…

Take your double boiler off the heat then melt 3 ounces of bittersweet chocolate in your bowl.

To your melted chocolate add 1 tablespoon of confectioners sugar…

And 2 tablespoons of cold butter.

Look at that! Homemade chocolate glaze without even having to break a sweat!

When your cupcakes are cool to the touch fit a large plastic ziplock or pastry bag with a decorating tip you can insert into your cupcake. Fill the bag with your marshmallow fluff and squeeze some in!

Kind of like a super fancy hotess cupcake!

Wipe off the excess marshmallow and frost the tops of your cupcakes with your pretty chocolate glaze.

If your glaze has gotten a little thick feel free to heat it back up in your double boiler.

It’s not a birthday cupcake without some birthday sprinkles!

And a candle…

And a doily…

And some loved ones to share them with!



  • Recipe inspired by Dorie Greenspan
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coca powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted room temperature butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

5 Responses to Chocolate & Marshmallow Birthday Cupcakes

  1. maria says:

    So lovely – your message about your mom, those cupcakes and you! Happy Birthday!

  2. Brandon says:

    Of course your cupcakes look delicious, but those napkins with the colorful diamonds are pretty cool! …caught my eye!

    from http://www.theyummybits.com

  3. Melissa says:

    Hahaha! Brandon you are a food blogger through and through! I found those napkins and fell in love with the pattern too!:)

  4. Mom says:

    Your birthday is ALWAYS a special day for me as well. Thanks for all the very nice compliments :) my friends tell me all the time after reading your blog – the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.
    The family is excited to celebrate your birthday
    Friday the 13th!

  5. Amber says:

    Amazing photo! I want to eat these immediately. Happy belated birthday! (I, too, am a January girl.)

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