Levi requested cupcakes for his "end of the year party".
I really didn't want to make cupcakes, but I wanted to honor his request(after all, he is the 3rd and does get somewhat neglected).
They were a challenge. The cupcake part was easy. I have made these before and they are light, not too chocolaty nor too sweet. However, the meringue on the top was another story. I was supposed to whip the ingredients(sugar, water, egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla & almond extract), over a double boiler, for 12 minutes until the consistency reached 160*. I must have stood there, with my hand mixer for at least 25 minutes and couldn't get it to the desired temp. I kind of gave up which lead to the demise of the project.
The meringue never quite set and when I dipped them in the chocolate, the filling fell.
None the less, they were all devoured and everyone, except myself and Eli, raved! Better luck next time!