February 13, 2011

Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes

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Life is never boring with Grumpy.  Aggravating as hell sometimes, but never boring.  If you are one of my facebook friends, you have seen me post the links for the Valentine's day posts over the last 3 years.  February 2007 I was heartbroken.  Grumpy forgot me on Valentine's day.  February 2008 Grumpy made up for it then in February 2009 he felt the pressure because I had blogged the year before and knew people would wonder what he did.  February 2010 I didn't want to make a deal of the day at all.  We had a rough year and we were broke and I reassured him all I wanted was for us to be happy and healthy. 

This year I wasn't sure what to expect, but I knew he probably wouldn't forget it - since we could afford it....and forget he did not

Grumpy wasn't going to make it easy on me this year - while the gift was wrapped in regular paper, it was wrapped inside of that regular paper entirely in duct tape and electrical tape.  I knew when I saw how he had wrapped it he had the whole tihng planned and that was why he asked me on Friday if I wanted my gift...but  I told him I could wait!  Then on Saturday he brought the gift out to the living room and sat it on our dry bar.  Of course, he knew, putting temptation in front of me was going to work.  It always does!  SO, I decided to open it...and found out that opening it was going to take me some time!  ha!



So, Grumpy did it again.  He went above and beyond.  I  never expected the iPod Touch.  I know those of you who hang out with me on Facebook knew how jealous I was of his, but I had resigned myself to waiting until it was time to go with the new phone plan and I was just going to get myself an awesome phone and had let it go.  Grumpy didn't as you can well see.  ;o)

So today when I was making cupcakes for a Valentine Bakesale at work I made a few extras for Grumpy.   Grumpy insisted I didn't buy him anything because he has gotten quite a few things for himself lately as it was....but I can at least make sure he is well fed.  ;o)

  

Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes

adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My Home to Yours

Ingredients:
1 cups flour
1/4 cup Hershey's Cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 ounces Lindt Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt, melted and cooled

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake tin with paper liners. 

Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

With hand mixer, mix butter and sugar until creamy.  Blend in vanilla extract.  Mix 1/2 flour mixture with batter until just blended.  Mix in buttermilk then mix in remaining flour mixture until just blended.  Fold in melted dark chocolate.

Scoop batter into cupcake liners and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center of cake.  Cook and decorate with your favorite frosting!

29 comments:

Tracy said...

awww ... enjoy your new toy!

Deeba PAB said...

This is just too cool.♥ it Shelby! Mr Grumpy is much like Mr PAB...over & beyond. Mmmm those chocolate cupcakes from DG look yum!

Pegasuslegend said...

What's not to love these are perfect! Happy V day to you and your loving Grumpy! Have an awesome romantic evening together!

vanillasugar said...

aww
shel, that was a nice post to read. i think i stumbled you. lol think being the operative word here

ann said...

Cupcakes look really wonderful! Grumpy did very well this year.

ajcabuang04 said...

That was really sweet!! :) Happy Valentine's day! Btw, those cupcakes look delish!!

Kristen said...

How fun for you! It's fun to read about husbands going over and beyond.

bellini valli said...

Lucky you Shelby. I hope you have a wonderful day with the man in your life!

teresa said...

aw, how sweet! way to go grumpy! love the cupcakes!

Fallon said...

What a fun surprise!

The cupcakes look delicious and a great way to celebrate V-Day!

briarrose said...

So sweet! The cupcakes look delicious.

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Whoo hoo!! What a great gift! Well done Grumpy! =)

Delishhh said...

So cute! Happy Valentines Day!

Katrina said...

Fun phone! I need an upgrade, but just keep letting my husband get it. sigh ;)

polwig said...

Fun Toy.. I can't believe he wrapped it in duct tape, what a pain... Oh Grumpy... he did really good

Michelle said...

WOW...Grumpy did great! What a fabulous gift!

Love the polka dog cupcakes...very cute!

Mads said...

Grumpy done good!
I love Valentine's Day and it's so cute to see other couples go all out. :)

Barbara Bakes said...

So glad Grumpy made your day! I'm sure you made his with the cupcakes.

SMITH BITES said...

i'd say Grumpy did pretty darn good!!! LOVE the duct tape - that is something my FIL would do!!!

Mrs. L said...

You'll love your new toy!
And seeing those cupcakes just makes me wish that we could actually get silver dragees here in California...it's illegal to buy or sell them here.

marla said...

Congrats on a super fun Valentine and special day! The iPad touch must be so cool. The chocolate cupcakes look delish.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Way to go Grumpy!! Seems like you had an awesome V day!

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

aw, what a sweet gift! And the cupcakes look absolutely wonderful!

tamilyn said...

Sweet! I would love one, but I have a Nano so I really don't need one and I have my eye on a Nook..... now, how will he top it next year....?

Cristine said...

You can't go wrong with chocolate cupcakes! :) Enjoy your new IPod!

Megan said...

An IPad? How cool is that? I got a plant. :/

Shelby said...

LOL, Awww, Megan. Well, Grumpy feels pressure probably because I blog everything....and he can't look bad! ha ha.

I don't know how he will top it next year...but what I didn't tell everyone was that he DID buy me a new car right before I moved to be with him in Albany....so that is pretty good too...I am not someone who "wants" for much, so when he realized how much I wanted this...then he got it. I just need to "want" something equally awesome next year. ;0)

Linda said...

Shelby, Grumpy is a hoot - he did good. :) Love those pics of you - you look great!

Katherine Martinelli said...

So sweet! Thanks for linking up at my v-day blog hop :-)

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