Is there anything left for me to say about these cupcakes that the pictures don't already communicate? Maybe not, so I'll let them do most of the talking in this blog post. I'll just add that they are delightfully rich with hot fudge-drizzled dark chocolate buttercream. All of that richness sits atop lightly sweet black devil's food cake. I'd venture to say they are better than any bakery-made chocolate cupcake I've ever tried.
The book launch will be right here in New York City two weeks from tonight at Barnes & Noble Union Square. Amanda Hesser of Food52, New York Times, and James Beard Award-winning fame and I will chat, and a book signing will follow. Prepare to spot all sorts of Smitten Kitchen Family Members, eager to share stories about what a terrible cook I was as a kid.
Will you come say hi? I hope you do. I hope we get to hang out.