Happy Birthday? Sprinkles are a requirement here. 🙂
Super dark, non-acidic cocoa powder like this Hershey’s kind works best.
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1 heaping tsp baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter. The real thing is best!
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/2 cup cake (or other desserty) flavored vodka
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tbsp vanilla (that’s right – tablespoon)
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line 12 (or more?) standard muffin cups.
Blend together the cocoa, baking powder, flour, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar and wet ingredients (butter, oil, vodka, vanilla, almond extract, and beaten eggs).
Whisk the flour blend into the wet mixture (a little at a time) until well-incorporated. You want something like a very thick pancake batter, so if it seems too thin, try adding more cocoa. Too thick? A little milk, more vodka, or even coffee will help.
Stir in the chocolate chips, and divide among muffin cups. Add generous sprinkles to the top of each. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick gives nice crumbs. Don’t overdo it!