Be Jealous of my Coworker…

No, really.

Being a Spanish teacher means that there is only ONE other person in the building on my same "team." I'm lucky enough that Matt and I get along swimmingly, and have actually come to the conclusion that we would've been excellent friends in high school and college since we have many of the same geekinesses (is that a word?)

Well, today is Matt's 30th birthday, so being the excellent teammate that I am, I decided to make him special happy birthday cupcakes. I knew that his favorite cake (ok, honestly, most of Chicago's favorite cake) is the chocolate layer cake from Portillo's. It is the most rich, decadent chocolate cake ever, and I know he orders it every time he goes to Portillo's. I knew his birthday cupcakes needed to be chocolate!

As usual, I searched around and combined a couple recipes to come up with what I'm calling Fudge Brownie Chocolate Chip cupcakes. Yeah. I went there.

birthday cupcakes  

Fudge Brownie Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes


1 stick butter

2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1/2 c. all purpose flour, sifted

3/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp. sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. mini chocolate chips


Pre-heat the oven to 325* Melt the butter and chocolate together in a double boiler, stirring until smooth. Allow to come to room temperature. Sift the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder together in the bowl of a mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs in one at a time until well-incorporated. Add the chocolate butter mixture and stir well. Stir in the chocolate chips, then scoop into lined cupcake tins. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean of batter (it might have some melted chocolate on it from the chips) about 20-23 minutes. Allow to cool, then decorate.


I topped Matt's birthday cupcakes with a vanilla-bean specked Italian meringue buttercream frosting, then decorated them with rainbow nonpereils and more mini chocolate chips. To say that they were a hit is an understatement! Matt loved them, and joked all day about sticking them in the freezer and enjoying one a month so that the sugar in them wouldn't kill him. I have to say, I did sample one lovely cupcake... and they were the best chocolate concoction I've ever made! I'm truly enjoying this whole cooking and baking for other people just makes others so happy!

It's been a long day... have a great Wednesday all!

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23 Responses to Be Jealous of my Coworker…

  1. Officially jealous 🙂 YUMMMMM!

  2. I am super jealous. I want one!

  3. steph says:

    Man, my birthday is in the summer…guess I won’t be getting any b-day cupcakes!! lol.
    You’re a great friend-these sound delicious Mara! 🙂

  4. it’s official. I am moving to Chicago and teaching English at the school you work at.

  5. quix says:

    Totally and completely jealous. Yep. Looks so so so so so good.
    .-= quix´s last blog ..Must Be Misnumbered =-.

  6. Hallie says:

    Those look amazing! I know what you mean about loving to bake for other people…you get to sample one treat (and um…lick the spoons!) but give the rest away so you don’t have to deal with the temptation of a whole pan of brownies or whatever. And people LOVE you for it! I’m loving it these days too.
    .-= Hallie´s last blog ..Eighteen Hours in Las Vegas =-.

  7. DianaHayes says:

    That looks fantastic, your friend is lucky.
    .-= DianaHayes´s last blog ..In Defense of Sandra Lee =-.

  8. Memoria says:

    Este pastelito se ve perfecto. Hice algo muy parecido a ésto hace unas semanas. Espero probar esta receta también.

    Me da mucho gusto saber que hay otra blogger que enseña español. ¿Dónde enseñas? ¿Qué nivel?

  9. Mama Pea says:

    I am loving all these cupcakes lately! I need to get my act together for a little “mini Mara’s” birthday at the end of May. If you have any princess theme ideas, let me know. 🙂
    .-= Mama Pea´s last blog ..Attachent Issues =-.

  10. YUM! You are the nicest teammate ever!
    .-= Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly´s last blog ..Happy Saturday! =-.

  11. Biz says:

    Yep – insulin worthy! Happy Birthday to Matt! I bought a Portillo’s chocolate cake and a regular sheet cake for my step-sons graduation a couple years ago – um, pretty sure the Portillo’s cake was gone and only one square of the store bought one was taken!

  12. Yep, TOTALLY jealous! They sound amazing, and looks gorgeous! Love ’em! 😀 He’s very lucky to have such a thoughtful friend. Please move her and love me, too? hahaha :mrgreen:

    .-= Jenn (´s last blog ..Sweet and Tangy =-.

  13. kate says:

    Cupcakes + Brownies are each amazing on their own accord, so I bet they are super awesome combined!

  14. I am jealous of your coworker. In fact, are you guys hiring? 🙂

  15. amanda says:

    OMG looks delicious!! can you please send me the leftovers!! ha ha

  16. Jenny says:

    Wowwwwwwwwww whoever gets to eat those is lucky!

  17. Christina says:

    I’ve heard people rant and rave about this Portillo’s cake but NEVER remember to get it when I’m there.
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..Yoplait Winner =-.

  18. Autumn says:

    Yum. Yum. Yum!! These look delicious!!! Do you want to come and work with me?!!?
    .-= Autumn´s last blog ..A mismatched dinner! =-.

  19. Oh, yum! I love Italian butter cream! I totally freeze things to enjoy them for longer! Matt is a smart man!
    .-= Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)´s last blog ..Strawberry Bread Recipe! =-.

  20. glidingcalm says:

    dang! I am jealous!! if only i could hop on a plane for you to make some for MY BIRTHDAY. those are so gorgeous!!

    and portillos………memories

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