These are rich chocolate cupcakes with a brownie-like taste and consistency. Nuts are optional.
This recipe is awesome. Easy to follow and the brownie-like fudge cupcakes taste great. Only four stars though cause they don't look too exceptional and I had to tweak the recipe based on other member's comments. I used unsweetened chocolate to make sure it wasn't too sweet. Based on other comments about caving in, I made sure not to over-beat/mix the batter and added a tsp of baking soda. I will definitely use this recipe in the future. - 03 Feb 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I am giving these cupcakes only 3 stars because the tops of the cupcakes fell in 1/2 way through baking them and then a puffy ring of sugary dryness broke off from the rest of the cupcake, leaving the bottom portion fudgey (mmmmm!) but the top part crunchy (also mmmmmm)... though together the two mmmmms just didn't do it for me. I scaled the recipe to two- one for me and my man on our anniversary; and I wanted something pretty to put on the table... but in order to save these, I had to put a scoop of ice cream in the big ugly holes of them and garnish with strawberries. All in all, they tasted OK, but I would have preferred true fudginess or true fluffiness. - 06 May 2003 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Maybe I'm picky, but these cupcakes had a chocolate-sugar crust that was completely separate from the body of the cupcake. When I touched them, the crust broke and sank into the cupcake. The taste is good, but the presentation has something to be desired. - 07 Jan 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)