Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate and a Little Peanut Butter


Firstly I should say the opinions expressed in this blog after a week of dieting late on a Saturday night in no way reflect the views of my sponsors.  Oh wait a sec, there are no sponsors and I can say whatever the heck I want!

woman in polka dotsSo before we get to the baking part of tonight’s blog I have been ruminating on a recent advertisement I keep hearing over and over and over on the radio.  Now perhaps this ad is irritating me just a tad since I happen to be on my own this evening while each of my boys is out doing there own thing, my ex is on vacation with his latest squeeze and a number of women I know seem to be always on the go looking after everything and worrying about their husbands reactions in case things are not done just how they would like.  How does this tie into the advertisement….well it seems we are not quite busy enough looking after our children, our jobs, our homes, etc. we are now being held responsible for our men’s nether regions!!  I have never had a penis nor do I currently have the use of one but it seems I or any woman who comes in contact with their friends/partners/spouses appendage is to be responsible for making sure this area is checked out by the doctor.  I always thought this part of a guy was of the utmost importance to them and as they handle it every day, several times I would imagine, shouldn’t they be worrying about it instead of us?

Well I don’t know about you but it seems we have enough to worry about with our own stuff since we were probably 10 or 11… like to shave or to wax or to laser…if we laser what happens if the trend changes to the au naturel look and the hair won’t come back, what happens if we shave and we get an ingrown and it shows while we are at the beach in our swimsuits, and then there’s periods…pads or tampons, leaks both from that and from our bladders due to birthing babies where everybody seems to need to poke around down there and then some (but no one seems to be to concerned about us laying there with a tissue paper sheet covering us and a cold clamp awaiting us) or, OMG, did you see the size of those shears they used to cut us when we’re in labour!  As if we don’t have enough responsibility with our own parts down there! Were your sweet fellas overly concerned when you were pushing out babies, getting stiched up, etc. etc.  Now imagine if they had to put their package on a tray and have 10 pounds of cold metal come down and squish it for about 25 seconds (you know, like a mammogram).  Probably even less men would go for their check up….but then probably the technology would be changed so they wouldn’t have to endure that!  I just feel the ad should be directed at the fellow with the correct piece of anatomy.  So now I feel a bit better! Whew, that has been weighing on my mind.

So now on to tonight’s chocolate, chocolate, chocolate and a little peanut butter.  The cupcakes are chocolate with some chocolate chips added in and the icing is chocolate with some peanut butter beaten in with the butter for a yummy mix of flavours.

Tonight’s recipe is one my mom found I last Month’s Toronto Sun by the food writer.  Since she took the time to cut it out and mail it to me I figured I should give it a try.  The recipe is celebrating 100 years of Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and Rita DeMontis includes her tweaked version of the 1937 Hellmann’s recipe.

These babies are so simple no mixer is required.  The icing you will need a hand mixer to whip it up but it comes together in a couple of minutes.

I did Google the Hellmann’s site and found, what I believe to be the original recipe.  The original includes eggs and a little more sugar.  Try this adapted version designed to make about 24 cupcakes (I got 18)  and see what you think.  These baked up beautifully and came together in just a few minutes with 2 medium bowls, a whisk and a spatula plus 18 lined muffin cups.  I used a large ice cream scoop, I’d say about 1/3 cup size, and that was perfect.

Notice this recipe has no eggs but does require buttermilk and Hellmann’s mayo.  Good luck!

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes – Toronto Sun, Wednesday, May 29

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line 18-24 muffin tins with liners.

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup good quality cocoa

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup Hellmann’s mayonnaise

1 cup buttermilk

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

In bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and baking powder and salt.  In separate bowl, whisk together sugar, mayonnaise, buttermilk and vanilla until well blended.

Add dry ingredients into wet mixture and stir until combined.

Portion out into prepared pans and bake for approx. 20 or until cake tester comes out clean.

Ice with your favourite icing.

To mix up the Chocolate/Peanut Butter Icing I used:

1/2 cup soft butter, about 1/3-1/2 cup smooth peanut butter and mixed it together well with a mixer.  I added in about 3 cups of icing sugar plus some cocoa powder and I also melted about 1/4 cup of milk chocolate chips just because I could.  I used a little bit of cream to make a spreadable icing.

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