The City Chicks

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Almond Cupcakes with Spicy Chocolate Buttercream May 13, 2010

Filed under: From our Kitchen — Flour Girls & City Chicks @ 6:51 pm

Last week Jade made these cupcakes for Cinco de Mayo.  They were deliciously addictive; not too sweet and just the right amount of spice and complexity for those daring enough to try them.  Everyone who tried them raved about how good they were. (*except her boyfriend who would live on microwave burritos!)

Almond Cupcakes

  • 2 sticks butter, soft
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. sea or kosher salt
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 2 tsp. almond extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Then set to the side.
  • Cream the butter until light and creamy.  Add the sugar and continue to mix until it is completely mixed and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time until they are all incorporated.
  • Add the almond extract.
  • Then begin to add the sifted flour mixture and the milk, alternating a little of one before adding a little of the other.
  • Line your cupcake pan with paper liners.  Fill each liner 1/2 -3/4 of the way full. 
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back to the touch.

Spicy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 4 1/2 c. powder sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. cocoa powder, we like Dutch processed
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Coarse sanding sugar, optional


  • Cream the butter then add 1 cup sugar, cocoa, chili powder, cayenne pepper and 1/4 c. milk.  Mix together until it is thoroughly combined.
  • Add vanilla and mix well.
  • Then start adding the sugar a little at a time until.  If the buttercream is too thick you can add a bit more milk.  Just continue to mix in all the flour until it is your desired consistency.
  • Frost the cooled cupcakes and sprinkle them with a little coarse sanding sugar.

Happy Baking~ The City Chicks


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