Almond Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Ganache

Hello my dears.

I need to discuss some very important things today.

Like why do I keep trying to do pilates? Seriously, my core muscles are non-existent. But I need something to break up my Zumba and toning routines.

And why aren’t more people wearing bunny ear headbands? I want to wear them everywhere. The mall, grocery store, going to the park, etc.

Oh, and most importantly, Justin Timberlake is now sitting alongside David Tennant and Joseph Gordon-Levitt on my crush worthy list.

I mean, I liked JT from his ‘NSYNC days.

I liked when he wanted to Rock Your Body, brought SexyBack, and hosted SNL.

But now

fanning self to cool off *

So, anyone else have a crush on JT?

Almond Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Ganache

Yield: 12 cupcakes


  • For cupcakes
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • For ganache
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Optional
  • Pretzel pieces for sprinkling


    For the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350? F.
  2. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, cream butter and sugar together for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add eggs and almond extract. Beat until combined.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until combined. Fold in sour cream.
  5. Pour batter into lined cupcake tins and fill about ? of the way full. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool cupcakes completely.
  7. For the ganache:
  8. Place chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl.
  9. Heat heavy cream in a saucepan over medium high.
  10. When cream just comes to a bubble, pour over chocolate chips. Let sit for 4-5 minutes.
  11. Whisk until smooth.
  12. To assemble cupcakes:
  13. Dip the top of the cupcakes into ganache. Sprinkle with pretzel pieces.

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    1. I love the pretzels on top too. Salty and sweet is one of my favorite combinations. I think Justin Timberlake could wear a paper bag and still be cute, but in a suit and tie… oh man… 🙂

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