Take the road less traveled and enjoy a rocky road dessert found outside of your supermarket ice cream freezer. Start with a milk chocolate brownie cupcake, add more chocolate (in the form of mini chocolate chips), mini marshmallows, and chopped almonds and you’ve got a crowd-pleasing rocky road cupcake. To make it unforgettable, add a chocolate meringue frosting toasted with a culinary torch (or your broiler)!
Yield: 18 cupcakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup cocoa powder
¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
½ cup mini marshmallows
½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup almonds, loosely chopped
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa powder in a medium-sized bowl.
Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and milk until blended.
Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined.
Fold in marshmallows, chocolate chips, and almonds.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
Bake for twenty-five minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.
Chocolate Meringue Frosting
2 egg whites
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
18 almonds, mini marshmallows, and chocolate pieces for decoration
Combine the egg whites and sugar in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer.
Set mixing bowl on top of a pot of boiling water.
Whisk until sugar has reached 110 F on a candy thermometer.
Remove mixing bowl from the pot and place on mixer.
Whisk for 10 minutes on medium speed using the whisk attachment.
Whisk on high speed for another five minutes (you should see stiff glossy peaks).
Whisk in cocoa powder until just integrated.
Spoon onto cupcakes.
Top each cupcake with an almond, marshmallow, and piece of chocolate.
Toast the meringue and marshmallow using a culinary torch or placing under your oven broiler for just a quick second. Make sure to not walk away as these will toast fast.
doris in The Secret Garden on May 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm
I love reading about your family and seeing your pictures. I respect the fact that you are teaching your son's family values because so much of that seems to be going by the wayside anymore..maybe someday we will meet and by that time your son's may even have their own cooking show.lol..wishing you lots and lots of love from this country girl's kitchen to Brooke Deen's kitchen of love.
Linda Miller in The Makings for a Perfect Father’s Day on May 19, 2013 at 11:44 am
Love this idea. I want to do this for my sister n law for the new addition of the family. What a wonderful way to celebrate a new baby in the family.
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Syndie Reynolds in Paula’s Love of Orchids on May 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm