Ghirardelli Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Avocado Icing

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What was I thinking you ask? Don't worry, you will fall in love with these sweet treats once you have tried them.

I have to pay homage to my Guru of the Kitchen, Alton Brown. He is the one who inspired me to cook years ago. This was a recipe I learned from one of his shows with just a few changes.

At the end of this Instructable you will find a helpful way to cut and clean an avocado.

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Step 1: Things you will need...

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This was the first time I used this cupcake recipe and it won't be the last. I don't think I will make another type of chocolate cupcake again!

Things you will need for the cupcakes:

1c. All-Purpose Flour

1/4c. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. ( I used Ghirardelli )

1 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 1/4 teaspoon Salt

1 Large Egg

1/2c. Firmly packed Brown Sugar

1/2c. Granulated Sugar

1/2c Whole Milk

1/3c Strong Coffee

1/2c Unsalted Butter (Melted)

Things you will need for the icing:

1lb. Confectionery Sugar

1 Medium Avocado

1 Stick of Butter (unsalted)

1 teaspoon Lemon Extract

1/2 tablespoon Lemon Juice

Step 2: Making cupcakes.

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Start by sifting together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

In another bowl mix the egg, brown sugar, white sugar, milk, coffee, and melted butter.

Once the sugar mix is combined well slowly add in the flour mixture whisking until you have a nice batter.

Now pour the batter into the cupcake lined backing sheet. Fill each cup 2/3 the way full.

The recipe makes a dozen but I always have more!

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. I always bake one pan at a time and rotate half way through cooking.