It’s funny to think about the things people turn to when it comes to stress-baking. Some people bake brownies, some make chocolate chip cookies, breads, you name it. My go-to is cupcakes. I don’t really know why–It’s not like I made them constantly as a kid (yep, I’ve been baking for about 30 years now, believe it or not). For awhile, if I wanted to bake, I usually made brownies. We almost always had unsweetened cocoa and butter on hand, and brownies aren’t that difficult. Unless you’re me, and you have issues with fudgey brownies (except for this recipe). But that’s all beside the point. I didn’t have a stressful week, but I was itching to get into the kitchen this weekend and bake. I got myself a new set of piping tips a few weeks ago that I haven’t had a chance to use yet, so this afternoon, I made some Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Almond Mascarpone Frosting:
Okay, my “stress” this week was not so much stress as it was excess energy, upon having heard the news that The Replacements are doing a show in St. Paul, Minnesota, this September. I kid you not, when the news broke on Wednesday, I could barely contain myself at work (which, as you can imagine, was a little difficult, given that I work in a bank). I was practically bouncing off the walls all day long. It’s going to be even worse this week….I’m hoping to take part in Wednesday’s pre-sale, and I’ll probably want to jump off a cliff or punch a wall if I can’t get tickets. I already told Jay that we’re going, and I even have a babysitter lined up for the bambino. I feel like it’s meant to be. For one, the concert’s on a Saturday. Perfect–No need to burn vacation time. The ‘Mats fell apart right around the time I started high school and I missed seeing them on their final tour. When I was a freshman in college, I managed to win tickets to see Paul Westerberg on his 14 Songs tour off the radio (the only time I’ve ever won anything off the radio). I’ve also seen Tommy Stinson back when he was in Bash & Pop. Lame, yes, but at the time, I figured that was the closest I was ever going to get to seeing the Replacements live. Now, it’s like a long-fuzzy dream coming into focus because it’s true (and I’m not going to quibble about it not being a real Replacements reunion, since Chris Mars and Slim Dunlap aren’t taking part–If you’re going to argue that, you might as well forget it, since Bob Stinson was kicked out and is also dead, so the original lineup will never be together again anyway).
So, these cupcakes. Dark Chocolate. I waffled between making some almond ones with an espresso-mascarpone frosting, and plain chocolate with amaretto frosting, but I got it in my head I wanted chocolate. And mascarpone. And almonds. All together, in some format, in the same cupcake. So Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Almond Mascarpone Frosting it was!
I’ll have to think of some other treat to bring to work next week!