Triple Chocolate cupcakes including a rich moist chocolate cake filled with a semisweet chocolate filling and topped with a fluffy salted chocolate buttercream.
When I was a single working mom, do you know what my favorite store was? I’ll give you a hint; it wasn’t Target.
My favorite store was Lowe’s. Yes, the home improvement store.
After working long hours and having minimal expendable income, I took great pride in improving my home one Do It Yourself project at a time.
I could always count on the friendly and knowledgeable faces at Lowe’s to clue me in on if a job was outside my capabilities or not.
In the short four years I lived in that North Carolina home, I managed to paint every room, change out all the door hardware, replace the innards of a running toilet, install closet shelving in all of the closets, and hang my own flat screen.
Those are just some of the many projects I took on during my stay. I was visiting Lowe’s almost every week.
I suppose I could say, “I have a husband for that now,” but then what kind of feminist would I be?
Captain Cupcakeasaurus knows my Lowe’s obsession and shares in it. I may not be at the home improvement store each week anymore, but someone from our family is there.
Doing the Maintenance
After sixteen years of living in his bachelor pad house, the home improvement bug has finally bitten him too. Ok, that bug very well may have been me!
What is the project this week? Well, in true cakeasaurus fashion, we don’t just do one project at a time. That might just be practical!
While I’ve been tackling the baking and sharing, Captain Cupcakeasaurus has been diligently working away at painting the trim of our living room.
We painted the walls in July before we had family visit and are just now getting around to the trim. Ugh!
Simultaneously, we are also scraping off really old paint from our beadboard kitchen. If you are thinking,”Wait! Don’t you bake in that kitchen?!” The answer is YES!
Obviously, we aren’t paint-scraping WHILE I am baking. But, it is a huge eyesore until we can get it all scraped and ready for a fresh new color.
If you happen to be scraping paint yourself this weekend, I can not say enough about this handy little tool. The Big Blade Scraper slides a thin blade under the edge of the paint and then peels it right on off. It is also way less noisy than power tool options.
Secret DIY guilty pleasure: I actually love scraping the paint. It is so satisfying to take that scraper and shave off a good long piece of paint. I liken the feeling to peeling an apple in one long continuous ribbon or something like that.
So, while Captain Cupcakeasaurus is doing the manual labor in the living room, I decided to create a treat to reward his efforts.
Do It Yourself
A fellow blogger, Ali Jaffri, is a contributor for DIYsomo.com. The site is a one stop shop for almost all of your Do It Yourself project tutorials. Whether you are scraping paint or working on a car, the site has helpful “how to” articles for all sorts of projects.
Speaking with Ali about his site, we inevitably started talking about his favorite cupcake flavors. This, honestly, is how all of my conversations turn. Is it any wonder that I write about cake for a living?
Well, his favorite is also the favorite of millions of people and I had to create a cupcake that would provide the perfect treat after a long week of labor. Monday is Labor Day after all!
Maybe after trying Beauty Bae’s Blueberry Blue Velvet cupcakes, you realize I have a tendency to take a concept and totally overdo it. Today is no exception.
Chocolate is always a favorite around this house and when I heard Ali’s favorite is chocolate as well that gave me further license to chocolate this cupcake up.
Start With A Base
The only time that moist is a positive adjective is when you are talking about cake. This moist rich chocolate base is very similar to the one used in the Kahlua Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes. I traded Kahlua for a salted caramel brewed coffee.
The cake is dark and dense enough to cut a hole in. You know what that means? That’s right! It is begging for a filling!
The chocolate filling is very similar to a ganache but prepared slightly different. The coconut milk makes the chocolate a smooth shiny consistency; perfect for cupcake filling and drizzling.
The best chocolate filling is made with the best chocolate. There really is no comparison. Ghirardelli chocolate morsels melt in your mouth and make the whole house smell like chocolate.
Take advantage of twenty percent off of your Ghiradelli chocolate purchase this Labor Day weekend. Labor Day Sale: 20% off Site-wide at Ghirardelli.com.
After filling your cupcakes, save some of the filling for your buttercream; you’re going to need it.
I am screaming! This is THE BEST chocolate buttercream I’ve ever made.
What the buttercream is not:
It is not overly chocolatey. We have enough chocolate going on. However, if you feel it just isn’t quite chocolate enough for your tastes, just add some more of the filling to the buttercream.
What the buttercream is:
It is so light, so decadent, just a little salty and makes you want more.
You know when you eat a chocolate on chocolate cake and about half way through the slice your belly starts to grumble and your teeth start to ache? That is precisely what this buttercream icing prevents. You get all the chocolate loving flavor but none of the regret.
Where Do They Go
I often get asked about where my cupcakes end up. Baking every week, there is no way my little family of three could possibly be putting away all those cupcakes. You’re right, we’re not!
I am typically sending them off to the fire station for Captain Cupcakeasaurus and his fellow firefighters to enjoy. Often friends and neighbors will get a few goodies too.
This week, this batch was so delicious they didn’t survive long enough to make their way to a different home. A few snuck off to a friend’s house but the majority were consumed right here in our paint scraped kitchen.
Over the holiday weekend, make sure you take a moment to relax from all your home improvement projects and reward yourself with these Triple Chocolate Cupcakes.
If you aren’t sure what project you want to tackle next, or you aren’t sure how to get started check out DIYsomo for inspiration. Let Ali know what you think of the chocolate deliciousness he inspired.
Fill Me In
What DIY projects are you currently working on? Do you have projects you want to tackle but have been putting off? How do you plan to reward yourself for all your hard work?