Five-Chocolate Muffins {And my photo backdrop trick!}

Five Chocolate Muffins

Here is the story of the Five-Chocolate Muffins.

Like the rest of the universe, I use the term muffin loosely, because you can see from the picture that some people would call these cupcakes. I have this friend named Aimee who brought me muffins years ago. They were so delicious I asked for the recipe. She called them “Chocolate Chocolate Muffins”, which was fitting. Then recently I signed up to bring a cake to a women’s function at church. As I was thinking through my favorite cakes, I kept thinking of these muffins, and then I pictured them all pretty up on a 3 tier silver stand. Then I brainstormed a topping to these normally delicious non-iced Chocolate Chocolate Muffins that would be almost universally adored by women. The answer was obvious: chocolate covered strawberries. And to just really hit the chocolate point home, I decided to make the frosting chocolate as well. The cupcakes (I mean muffins) were a hit! Still, I think I’ll reserve the topping for special occasions, because the muffin itself is actually perfect too.

And if you think this is a complicated desert, think again.

Muffins

1 Devil’s Food cake mix
1 small box chocolate instant pudding
3/4 c. water
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. applesauce
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/4 t. almond extract
3/4 c. chocolate chips, previously frozen

Mix everything up except the chocolate chips and then stir in the chocolate chips. Load batter into 24 muffin tins. Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes.

Frosting

I used a container of pre-made whipped chocolate frosting. I spooned the contents of the container into a frosting bag (see the incredibly easy way of filling icing bags HERE, the easiness might blow your mind). I applied the frosting in a circular motion starting around the outside of the muffin top and working toward the center.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Sam’s club sells some pretty awesome dipping chocolate and I used it up and can’t remember the brand. It came in a little cup that I heated in the microwave and then dipped the (cleaned and dried) strawberries. The strawberries dried in a minute! It was super easy.

Five Chocolate Muffins Take II

When I made these again to take pictures, I thought of making them a bit easier to eat, so I cut up a strawberry and drizzled on chocolate. This might actually be my favorite way.

Behind the Scenes

I thought you might enjoy seeing behind the scenes of these muffin pictures. Yep, I took the pictures before dinner had even been cleaned off the table. I was in a hurry to use the natural light before the sun set. And I had lots of helpers, two of four pictured.

Behind the Scenes making Five Chocolate Muffins

Also, here is how I made this backdrop. I was kind of proud of myself, I’m not going to lie.

Make you own backdrop with materials you already have

What do you think? Will you give these muffins a try?

May the chocolate always be with you,

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