Marigold Cupcakes

    Cempasúchil, or marigold, is called the flower of the dead because of its prolific use as a decoration on crosses and as an offering for altars and grave sites. Here, lemon frosting forms the cempasúchil flowers on Mexican triple-chocolate cupcakes.

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    Cupcakes
    1
    tablet
    Ibarra Mexican chocolate
    2
    tablespoons
    unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 3/4
    cups
    all-purpose flour
    1/2
    cup
    sugar
    1
    tablespoon
    baking powder
    1
    teaspoon
    baking soda
    1/2
    teaspoon
    cinnamon
    1/2
    teaspoon
    salt
    2/3
    cup
    semisweet chocolate chips
    3/4
    cup
    milk
    2
    eggs
    1/2
    cup
    vegetable oil
    1
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract
    Frosting
    3
    cups
    confectioners' sugar
    1/3
    cup
    butter, room temperature
    1
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract
    1/8
    teaspoon
    salt
    2
    drops orange food coloring
    *
    grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
    Directions
    Step 1
    Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.
    Step 2
    Grind the Mexican chocolate into a fine powder using a molcajete (a mortar and pestle) or by placing the tablet in a plastic bag and crushing it on a thick wooden cutting board with a mallet. Combine chocolate powder in a bowl with cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and chocolate chips.
    Step 3
    In another bowl, beat milk, eggs, oil, and vanilla until smooth. Add milk mixture to chocolate mixture and stir until blended. Spoon batter into muffin cups so that cups are half full. Bake for 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow cooling in pan before frosting.
    Step 4
    Make the frosting: Combine confectioners' sugar, butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla, salt, and food coloring in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until well mixed, fluffy, and smooth. Place frosting in a pastry bag with a petal tip or in a plastic bag with a small notch cut out of one corner. Since marigolds are round and have many petals, pipe several petal shapes together in a circle on top of each cupcake.

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