Brownie Cupcakes

brownie cupcakes

Redemption cupcakes. Cupcakes you bake to redeem yourself after the cupcakes you brought to work last week (made from a recipe you’d never tried before) were an epic fail. That’s what my sister calls the cupcakes she brought to our family watercolor fest. Made with just five ingredients, you can whip up a batch of these decadent brownie cupcakes any time–whether you need to redeem yourself or not. These cupcakes are so moist that icing is not necessary, but if you’re an icing lover this fluffy white icing made with marshmallow cream is the perfect topping. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make my sister’s redemption cupcakes:


  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 4 squares semisweet baking chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Combine the melted butter and chocolate until the chocolate is melted. Add the remaining ingredients. Pour into a cupcake pan prepared with cupcake liners. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Icing Ingredients

  • 1 jar marshmallow cream
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth and fluffy.

So the next time you serve a dessert that flops to friends or coworkers and you want to restore their faith in your cooking skills, redeem yourself with these babies.


25 Comments on Brownie Cupcakes

  1. Cindy D.
    July 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm (10 years ago)

    Oh dear! I am SO interested in this tale of failed cupcakes. Did she forget the sugar? Did people take a bite and throw the rest away?

    Icing for me. Particularly if it has marshmallow cream!

    • afternoonartist
      July 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm (10 years ago)

      So I was a bit distracted when my sister was recounting the story–I was noshing on one of her delicious brownie cupcakes at the time–but apparently the other cupcakes were far below her self-imposed high standards. She’s a sugar artist and professional baker. Perfectionism runs in the family, and these redemption brownie cupcakes were perfection. I can’t wait to bake a batch.

  2. apuginthekitchen
    July 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm (10 years ago)

    Oh wow, those cupcakes look so wonderful and sound so delicious!!

  3. Pat
    July 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm (10 years ago)

    These look so good!

    • afternoonartist
      July 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm (10 years ago)

      You know it, Elena. With a cup of coffee or tea they would be hard to beat.

  4. violetski
    July 11, 2013 at 12:44 am (10 years ago)

    Ah, I’m drinking my morning coffee now and just see your post! Wish I could have one with my coffee! ❤

  5. pamtanzey
    July 12, 2013 at 4:38 am (10 years ago)

    Boy those look yummy! What a cool little teapot!

    • afternoonartist
      July 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm (10 years ago)

      They are yummy, Pam. I’ve been collecting enamel teapots for about 10 years. I love the variety of shapes, colors, and patterns. I can find plenty of uses for them. They make great flower containers.

  6. Marisa
    July 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm (10 years ago)

    Tell us more about the epic fail. What happened?

    • afternoonartist
      July 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm (10 years ago)

      See my comments above. How about inviting me and Grets over for hamburgers and brownie cupcakes? You do the work while I chillax. Sound like a plan, LOL?

  7. Gabriel Garbow
    July 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm (10 years ago)

    I have made redemption treats before… and they taste delicious. These brownie cupcakes look like they would make anyone forget any bad prior dessert experiences.

    • Jill
      July 20, 2013 at 3:31 am (10 years ago)

      They would! Wish I had one–and a cup of coffee right now.

  8. Thistle
    July 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm (10 years ago)

    Those look so wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Happy day!

    • Jill
      July 20, 2013 at 11:03 pm (10 years ago)

      They are wonderful–and easy, Karianne. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend, and staying cool!

  9. Winter Owls
    July 21, 2013 at 1:00 am (10 years ago)

    They look delicious and I love the title and the story behind it!


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