Surprise Gift

Like many food bloggers, I am pretty much obsessed with Joy the Baker.  I listen to her podcasts, subscribe to her blog and I am planning to go to her book signing when she is in Brooklyn at the end of the month.  I love her writing voice and her recipes are awesome.  Something else that is awesome is her Enjoy! gift program.  You sign up, part with $25 and get a Joy selected gift every three months.  Unfortunately, I didn’t think I should sign up for myself (because sometimes I have a hard time treating myself, I’m not a martyr but are you with me?) but thought maybe I could convince Sparky to subscribe for me.  However, with Joy’s popularity, every time the window opened for new subscribers, he did not act quickly enough.  Finally, though, I got on the list!

My gift came last week and it was awesome!  I was too excited to take a picture but it was from King Arthur Flours and included Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa, Espresso Powder, Guittard Bittersweet Chocolate Sprinkles, a bowl scraper, cupcake cups, and a recipe for Deep Dark Mocha Cupcakes from Joy!  The cupcakes were chocolate with a bit of espresso powder to enhance the chocolate-ness topped with a buttercream icing with more espresso powder and sprinkles!  These sprinkles are awesome, not your usual chalky “jimmies” from your childhood ice cream cone.  The icing was hard to spread so I think I could have used some milk to thin it out but we were too eager to get them in our mouths to wait any longer!

I don’t want to violate any internet etiquette rules so I will not post the recipe but this version by the Brown Eyed Baker appear to be similar: Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting.

Happy Monday! I hope it’s sweet!



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