Eat to the Beat #1

February 17, 2008 at 2:29 PM | Posted in blog event, cupcakes, Eat to the Beat, youtube | 8 Comments
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I am addicted to food blog events! And I have found yet another one that tickles my food entering fancy! Anyone that knows me well, knows I am clueless about music so this event should prove fun and informational! ;)

Thanks Elly for hosting! Looking forward to the next one!

For this event, please make and blog about a food or drink that somehow relates to a song, an album, a band, etc. Maybe you’ll create a dish based on a song’s literal lyrics about food. Perhaps you’ll allude to a band’s name in your creation (Smashing Pumpkin bread, anyone?). Maybe your favorite band is from Poland or your favorite song is about Chicago, and you want to blog about popular cuisine in those locations. As long as you explain why the food/drink you have chosen to make reminds you of something musical, it works for this event. From “On Top of Spaghetti” to “The Spaghetti Incident;” from Pearl[‘s] Jam to “She Don’t Use Jelly,” the possibilities are endless.

Song inspiration: Red Red Wine by UB40
Food: Red Wine and Chocolate Cupcakes
Explanation: I think its obvious… ;)

I admit its a 2for. Who doesn’t love 2fors? You gotta love 2fors, right? Well I don’t care what you think! Its my blog! LOL.

Recipe after the cut.


(Recipe adapted from AcmeInstantFood | photos from ©iheartcuppycakes!)

Makes ~14 cupcakes


For cupcakes
1-1/4 cup sugar
1 cup AP flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
2/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup red wine (I used a shiraz)
1/4 cup boiling water
1/3 cup toasted pecans, chopped

For ganache
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate
3/8 cup whipping cream


To make cupcakes–
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake tins with papers, or grease well.

Combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Cream the egg, sour cream, oil and wine together in mixer for two minutes. Stir in flour mixture until well combined.

Add 1/4 cup boiling water and stir. Fold in chopped nuts. Batter will be fairly thin. Pour into prepared cupcake tins and bake for approximately 17-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

[NOTES: I put the ganache on the cupcake straight out of the oven b/c the warm cupcake keeps the ganache spreadable.]

To make ganache–
Place chocolate in bowl. In saucepan bring whipping cream to boil over high heat. Pour hot whipping cream over chocolate and stir until chocolate melted. Spoon ganache over cupcake. Allow ganache to cool before adding frosting.

Garnish with chocolate dipped strawberries. (What goes better with wine than strawberries right?)


Husband rating: A-/A
He really liked the chocolate and pecan combo. The wine was faint but you can definitely get a wine sensation from it.

Wifey rating: A
The cake was incredible and you can definitely smell the wine. Since I am not a wine drinker, its not my favorite cupcake but if you have an affiinity for red wine, you’d probably go nuts for it!



  1. L-A-M-E 2for especially because they’re two posts apart and have all the same pictures. Can you get more lame. Nope don’t think so

    ps this is what you get for saying you hope I lose CH :P payback’s a beech

  2. Hrmm. Im stilling mulling this over. Id say this is double dipping.

  3. NIKKI, nft.

    SLUSH, I don’t deny. I admitted it. ;)

  4. ::cough, cough:: CB’s a cheater :)

  5. NINA, shut it. MY blog MY rules. so there. hehe

  6. thanks for participating, even if it was a 2for…heh :) but can you see my blog and email me all the info so i can be sure to include you in the roundup? thanks!

  7. ELLY, hehe. Why are 2fors bad? I don’t see how its bad! ;) oh thats weird. I did email you after I posted this in my blog… I can forward again?

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