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. 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!

    • 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. 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.

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