chocolate ginger mini cakes

yes, mini cakes, not mini CUPcakes…

why? i was wondering the same too before i cooked them, but then soon found out that these def turn out with more of a cakey-like texture, versus the super fluffiness you commonly find in a ‘cupcake’ – and then, the MINI CAKE was born!

these tagged along to Thanksgiving dinner with me, i plotted ahead by making a double batch to bring to the hubster’s surprise bday party this weekend… which btw, if you ever want someone to spend your money and throw a sick party, hit me up! i love putting those things together, and i spare no expense in attention to detail, just ask my cousin who was forced into helping me tape 80’s TV show cutouts onto solo cups so everyone could have a little something to talk about while they were sipping their punch :0)

moving on… here’s the recipe for these tiny bits of goodness, i have a hard time not eating just one – heck, its holiday season, time to indulge, right?!

CHOCOLATE GINGER MINI CAKES

Ingredients:
3/4 c. self rising blend flour
1/2 c. sugar
2 T. cocoa powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. ground allspice
1/4 t. salt
3 T. canola oil
1 1/2 t. cider vinegar
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 c. confectioner’s sugar
1/4 c. finely chopped candied ginger

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mist 2 12-cup mini muffin trays with cooking spray or place wrappers in there.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and salt.
In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 c. water, the oil, vinegar, and vanilla extract.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir to combine.
Fill the muffin cups about 2/3 full with batter.
Bake 12 or so minutes, until cooked through.
Place trays on a wire rack for 5 minutes to cool, then turn cakes out to continue cooling on racks.
Whisk together the confectioner’s sugar and 2 T. water to create the icing.
Drizzle over cakes while they are still a bit warm and top with a pinch of the candied ginger.

~*ENJOY*~

PS ~ Happy Birthday JC ~ and no you will not be forced to eat these again tonight for your actual birthday dinner and dessert :0)

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