I generally like to classify myself as a "healthy" person - I like to get moving and eat vegetables. But I also probably fall under the category of "utterly boring" when it comes to meals. My go-to lunch is a turkey sandwich and carrots. Dinners are often pre-bagged salads with a granola bar or maybe even a repeat of the turkey sandwich a few hours ago. I chalk it up to convenience (there's also a little bit of a lazy factor there too).
When I'm in the kitchen to bake, I can feel my creative juices flowing. It's a lot of fun to come up with flavor combinations for the next cake or cookie, and I find a lot of pleasure in making it look as pretty as I can too. But when it's trying to put actual food in my body, I've felt uninspired and lost. The food never tasted as good as I hoped and I didn't give a rat's ass about how it looks.
Until now. After eating great food all weekend - from Milktooth and homemade fancy dinner to leftover lady salad - I finally feel the push to treat my body with not only healthy foods, but beautiful foods too. Like fresh bread, whether from my local store or maybe even homemade. And prepared and seasoned roasted vegetables rather than just raw carrot sticks. It's a leap that's been waiting to happen all year. I've been so inspired lately by some amazing talented cooks in the kitchen and their blogs - from Sonja and Alex at A Couple Cooks to Emily from Gather and Dine and so many more, there is so much beautiful food out there. And rather than just staring at the screen and wishing it would magically appear, it's time to do something about it. I want to be better to my body. I want it to eat food that gives me strength both physically and mentally, food that makes me smile and makes my belly and my heart full.
Speaking of foods that make me smile, these cupcakes do just that - they are a moist chocolate cupcake with a hint of molasses topped with some homemade sprinkles for added character. It's a rather easy recipe to whip up too which makes it all the more special - a cupcake recipe that you can bake with a friend without getting tangled up in too many complicated steps. I hope you enjoy it!
Have the happiest of weekends!
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup hot water
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a standard cupcake tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whip the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the molasses, egg, and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Add the flour mixture to this bowl and mix until combined. Add the hot water into the batter at the end and mix until combined.
- Scoop out the batter into the cupcake tins and put in the oven. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the tops are slightly springy and a toothpick placed in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Take out and cool, then frost with whatever frosting you'd like! I used a basic vanilla buttercream for these, but I imagine a ginger frosting or a cream cheese frosting would be amazing too.