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Fudge Brownie Cupcakes with White Chocolate Icing

The inspiration for these cupcakes came from probably my favourite blog that I follow: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. I love her posts.  Not only does she have great recipes and fabulous pictures to go with them her antidotes are always entertaining and insightful. I want to try every recipe. This was my first pick.

I learned very quickly that it's not easy to replicate this recipe when you live in Canada.  I could find a family size box of brownie mix, so I settled on using my mom's brownie recipe instead and didn't change anything.  I ended up with 22 cupcakes from one recipe.  Then my search for Hershey's Bliss White Chocolate Meltaways became a quest.  I was only able to find a mixed bag with 3 different flavours.  With only 5 white chocolate squares in each bag I really couldn't justify spending all that money to get enough white cholocate squares.  So, I decided to try Lindor White Chocolate Truffles instead.  I only had to go to two stores find these.  I put half of one in each cupcake.  Next time I'll use a whole one. For the icing I melted 10 truffles and need 4-5 cups of icing sugar to get the icing the consistency I like.  Next time I figure I can get away with using plain white chocolate melted in.  It is really good!

There are so many cupcake liners out there to choose from but the only problem is that the design and colour is lost when you make a dark cake.  I love the idea of doubling up on the liner.  I baked them in the plain white liner and then set them in a Valentine's themed liner after they cooled. 

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