Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Almond Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes Almond Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

I like to think that I am in control of my sweet cravings as I normally go for more savory options but there is one thing I can’t resist and it’s a cupcake. I am the ultimate cupcake fanatic. I love trying different designs, different flavors and coming up with new combinations each time I make them. It’s the one thing I can’t say no to when they are in the house. Funny story is I have never liked birthday cake so what’s in a cupcake that’s so different? I am not sure but something about a tiny cup seems to be more moist and full of more flavor then a large cake. I have been making various kinds of cupcakes these past few weeks for those that have seen on my facebook page, I’m testing out some new designs as much as flavors, trying to perfect my piping skills. Through this process I think I have even perfected my buttercream frosting recipe too. So I took it a step further and started adding things to my basic buttercream recipe which I will be sharing soon too. Today, I am sharing how great my almond chocolate buttercream frosting came out and pairing it on top of dark chocolate cupcakes. Dark Chocolate Cupcakes Almond Chocolate Buttercream Frosting RecipeDark Chocolate Cupcakes Almond Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes / Almond Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
it's triple the chocolate and so creamy
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  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 3/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
  6. 1 tsp sea salt
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 cup milk
  9. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  10. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 1 cup boiling water
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  3. 1 tsp almond extract
  4. 1 tsp milk
  5. 1/8 tsp sea salt
  6. 2 Hershey's chocolate candy bars, melted
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F
  2. Mix together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl
  3. Add eggs, oil, milk, and vanilla
  4. Beat for 2-3 minutes on medium
  5. Add boiled water
  6. (batter will be very thin)
  7. Pour into cupcake liners (no more than 1/2 full they rise high)
  8. Bake 25-30 minutes
  1. Combine in mixer butter and sugar
  2. Beat for three minutes, until smooth
  3. Add extract, milk, and sea salt
  4. Mix for another minute
  5. Slowly add in and combine melted Hershey's chocolate with buttercream mixture
  6. Use piping bag to top cooled cupcakes with frosting in any design you like
  1. For the perfect vanilla buttercream frosting, substitute almond extract for vanilla extract and don't add Hershey's melted chocolate in.
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Dark Chocolate Cupcakes Almond Chocolate Buttercream Frosting RecipeDark Chocolate Cupcakes Almond Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Want to give this recipe a try later, why not pin this pinnable photo below so you can refer to it when you have the time. It’s a perfect one to save for a child’s next birthday party or hosting a party for adults. Cupcakes have no age limitations. If you give it a try, let me know and tweet me a photo or tag me on instagram, I would love to see your creations. 

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes Almond Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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Life’s little details

feetTo me, there is no greater reward then growing a baby inside you, giving birth and raising children. Whatever way you choose to raise them, and give birth to them; they are your babies to guide through life and love unconditionally how you see fit.

Life can get so busy when you have two toddlers in tow you forget to stop and take in life’s little details. As parents most of us do this automatically when they are first born, their tiny toes, and fingers, their first smiles (may it be gas or not) and so many other firsts. It’s rare by the time they get to the ages of toddlers and beyond that we notice their toes and fingers and other little details. When you finally do notice them, it fills your heart with so much pride, love and affection for them that you almost feel guilty you don’t stop more often to take in those little details. This stage goes just as fast as any other stage but somehow we don’t prioritise those little moments as much. 

Being a mother of two toddlers is a tough job at times and an amazing one at other times. My two toddlers keep in on a good routine as much as I do them. We have been living a slower pace of life here in the states for the summer and it has me reflecting on so much of how we live our lives in the UK. Our summer is coming to an end and we are starting to get busy again everyday and getting back into our fast pace of life to return to the UK and it scares me how much of these little details I have been missing and how much I have enjoyed them here this summer with time to soak them into my memory forever. I am not ready to jump back into a rustle of blurred memories and miss how much they have grown before my eyes because they are at school and nursery or the smell of their tanned skin after a long day in the sun. It’s so hard to want to be in two places in the world at the same time. hands

So I tried to capture those life’s little details this summer in photos and in my memory. Whether it’s a smirk after a dive in the lake, a giggle after running through the sprinkler, their toes and fingers uniting together for fun and adventure, the way they depend on each other as playmates, friends and partners in crime and most of all watching them experience the same American summers I did as a child. I have tried to document them all for them as they may not remember everything at such a young age although that’s become our normal way of living and sharing our lives with family and friends across the world. 

B and MM have changed so much since June when we arrived, in personality, height, relationships, milestones and new skills and hopefully they have soaked up enough sun until we return again next summer. We have only a few weeks left of our summer here before we go back to the UK where B starts school, MM starts two days of nursery and life will be busy, and calendars full of to dos. Until then I am trying to make the most of the last few weeks in between say goodbyes and working and enjoy the last bit of slow pace country life, what had become our ordinary moments of life this summer. kids

Linking up with MummyDaddyMe for #OrdinaryMoments & Shutterflies for #LivingArrows


Cupcakes, American living, and waterfalls #littleloves

kiddosIt’s been an extremely busy few weeks and there isn’t a sign of slowing down anytime soon. As we reach our last three weeks of vacation here in America, our calendar is filling up with one more visit to each family member and a few big days out to stock up on before we return to the UK. We are missing Daddy so much so it will be such an amazing reunion for us all but I am not going to lie, the hot weather, family, swimming and playing outside everyday can never get old. I will miss it so very much. 

Welcome to this week’s #LittleLoves round up joining in with Butwhymummywhy and a lovely group of loyal linkers.


The Girl On The Train literally just came in the mail while I was typing and I may have squealed for a new book. I have been loving the slower pace of life and getting to read a few chapters every night. I have been through a few books already while I have been here which was my goal. I know the next few weeks will be full of goodbyes and a busy schedule but I am hoping to get this book done before I return to the UK. Everyone has been raving about it. I have a few more books on my to read list before Christmas too. I am enjoying getting back into real books especially reading with this view, it’s so calming. 



Luke Bryan is a favorite of mine as far as country music goes. I love being home and blaring the radio in the car with all my favorite songs for once. When I first moved to the UK, I wondered why the UK doesn’t have country music or most countries besides us for that matter. I think it’s because most of the country songs that are so popular are all about American living. The words to this one fit my small town to perfection but I can’t imagine there is any place in the UK where there are hillbillies partying in trucks in the back road of a mountain and kicking up the dust. That sentence just makes me laugh. 


I have had very limited wifi here at my parents so sharing videos is extremely hard. I had these grand ideas of filming a bunch while I was here in the states but storage and not being able to access my icloud for some reason put a cork in that goal really quick. But I snuck into Starbucks to get My Expat Life – Episode Three live for you all. It’s a week late, sorry but I hope you enjoy a sneak peak of where I grew up. Don’t forget to keep the questions coming, you can comment below or even tweet me.  


MM is strutting her new Boden kaftan this week. I was so excited she finally fit into it as I bought it back in May. I love Boden kids clothes and all the vibrant colors and patterns they always have for kids clothes. You can’t pass her awesome Little & Fierce sunglasses that she is also growing into more and yet has adorned them all summer long. 


It got cooler for a day by that I mean like 70 instead 100 degrees f, so we got to put on light sweaters for a day or two and ease up on the sun block. It was nice but I am glad the hot weather is back for the next few weeks. I need to store it up until next July where we will come back here agian. MM is wearing a jumpsuit from the Kardashian collection, I am wearing my bargain chevron dress from last year with my new MK side purse that I scored in Seattle when Mr P and I went for our anniversary.wore


I have been baking in my momma’s kitchen a lot the past week. I have been taking sitting down lately and creating recipes from scratch and thinking of various combinations of goodies that will pair together nicely. This Salted Oreo Cookie Bar recipe was a huge hit with extended family here. It basically was your Rice Krispies treat recipe and I substituted Oreo Cookies and then added pretzels and drizzled salted chocolate on top to finish it off.  

Salted Oreo Cookie Bars Recipe

If you have been on my facebook page or instagram you would see that I have been making various cupcakes this week too. These delicious pink ones below were a practice run to make the perfect buttercream frosting and to practice various designs on cupcakes. I still don’t know which designs are my favorite but it beats how I used to do them with a butter knife. lol Next week, I will be sharing a dark chocolate cupcake with almond Hershey’s buttercream frosting that is to die for. It really came out so good. I think I have made over five dozen cupcakes this week alone. I can’t wait to share the recipes with you all soon. cupcakes


One of my oldest and dearest childhood friends came to town to visit me and the kids with her two boys. Together we got our kids and another best friend’s daughter and went hiking in the mountains and up to a beautiful little waterfall. I love exploring the great outdoors with my kids and showing them new things. They were absolutely in love with the waterfall and it’s sheer power to fall so far from the middle of a rock. B kept wanting to know how water got so high up in the sky. It was funny. The kids all played so well together.