Cupcake Hero #8: [Jalapeno]

August 20, 2008 at 1:46 PM | Posted in Cupcake Hero, cupcakes | 24 Comments
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Who knew a teaser could bring out so much impatience?!? Sorry readers. I don’t know where the time went! I can’t believe its been 10 days since my teaser. Before there’s a riot… Are you ready?

This month’s Cupcake Hero ingredient is a hot one. How hot is hot? Its jalapeno hot! Jalapeno? Yes! I said jalapeno! Right now our fearless Cupcake Hero leader, Laurie, is taking the last month of her summer cupcake vacation so Rachel and Teri graciously stepped up to host this month. But damn. Did they ever pick a doozie!? And if that wasn’t hard enough, they also said that it has to be a sweet cupcake, not savory. Well… there goes my omelet cupcake idea! LOL

I racked my brain for hours, days, weeks. At first I thought about chocolate, bacon and jalapeno but then I got inspired… by my ice cream scoop. Not following me are you? Come on! ICE CREAM! Its summer and who doesn’t like ice cream in the summer? I do and I am not even an ice cream freak like my husband. I know at least one esteemed CH hostess will appreciate my ice cream arse kissing. Am I right, Rachel?? ::winkwink::

Remember my I-Scream-Cupcake 3 months ago? That’s right! I’m bringing ice cream cupcakes back, baby!

I promise we didn’t forget! Nikki and I are currently taste testing the last few awesome red, white & blue inspired Cupcake Hero July entries. Much respect for Laurie doing this every month! It’s harder than you think! I am baked out! But we’re hoping to have a winner soon! Stay tuned. (We are still accepting bribes as well. Only unmarked bills, please.)

Chocolate Avocado-Jalapeno Ice Cream Cupcake

(Recipe adapted from The Splendid Table & Cupcake Bakeshop | photos from me!)

Makes about 10 waffle bowls


For ice cream
1-2 fresh jalapeno peppers, minced (pull back on the seeds/ribs to cut some of the heat)
Zest of 1 large lime
Juice from 1/2 of a large lime
2 ripe, dark-skinned avocados, peeled and mashed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons sugar
Pinch salt
1 quart good-quality vanilla ice cream, softened (I used Dreyer’s Vanilla Bean)

For chocolate cupcake
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temp
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoons vanilla

For whipped cream
1-1/2 cups whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp granulated sugar

[NOTES: This makes a good amount of whipped cream. You could probably 1/2 the recipe but I like making more than less. I just freeze the leftovers for another time.]

waffle bowls
lime zest for garnish


To make ice cream—
In a large bowl, combine the jalapenos, lime zest, lime juice, avocado, vanilla, sugar and salt. Work in the ice cream so mixture is well blended.

Freeze the ice cream, covered, up to one day.

To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

Beat butter until softened. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined.

Measure the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder into a small sized bowl and whisk to combine. Measure out the milk and vanilla and stir to combine.

Add about a third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and beat to combine. Add about a half of the milk/vanilla and beat to combine. Continue adding, alternating between dry and wet and finishing with the dry.

Scoop batter into waffle bowls about 1/4-1/2 full. Turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake cupcakes for about 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. (Depending on how much you fill the waffle bowl)

[NOTES: This time I put my waffle bowls in oven safe bowls that still gave them room to flare and I was able to fill the waffle bowls with more batter.]

Cool completely before adding ice cream.

To make whipped cream—
In mixer with whisk attachment, whip the cream, vanilla extract and sugar on high speed until thick.

To assemble cupcakes—
Scoop ice cream on top of cupcake-wafflebowl. Pipe or dollop with the whipped cream. Garnish with some lime zest.


Husband rating: B/B+
He loves the cupcake baked in a waffle bowl but was iffy on the ice cream esp the jalapeno bits. He had a tiny bite and said that its not something you think should taste good but you can’t help going back for another bite.

Wifey rating: A-
I agree with hubs. I compare the ice cream to a bag of salt & vinegar chips. Its shocking on your tongue but you find yourself eating more and more. I think avocado as a dessert is an acquired taste so I liked it more than T.

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A couple more pictures of my ice cream cupcake b/c I love them so.



  1. and there go my chances. Shoot. Seriously they look pretty tasty and I’d like to try one.

    What would you like as a bribe? I need to win one of these. I’m just not creative enough to keep coming up with ideas. The jalapeno one almost killed me.

  2. Brilliant Clara! They look awesome. Now, Im a little skiddish on the combo, but I trust you that its wicked good. (Although I think you have some good competition out there, Im glad Im not judging this month.)

  3. looking so hot yet cool at the same time!
    woah. but i think jalapeno is a hard one.
    i would never have thought of that!
    where do your never ending ideas come from?
    heh, very well done! (:

  4. That is a clever combination right there! I NEVER would have thought of an avocado/jalepeno ice cream. I love avocados, but I have yet to try it in ice cream form. What a great idea!

  5. MARY, whatever girl. I’ve seen some other jalapeno entries and I am seriously blown away at the creativity! As for bribes. Cash, benjamins, moolah, currency, greenback, dinero. You know. Not the stuff that jingles. I want the stuff that folds. LOL. But seriously. You won my fierce cupcake contest. You are TOTALLY fierce in my book. BOOYAH.

    SLUSH, Yeah T was kinda iffy about the combo at first. Its definitely not his favorite ice cream but its an interesting combo that actually tastes pretty good. Its not something he could sit and eat the whole carton or anything but he dug it. I hear you about competition. I’ve seen some amazing cupcakes in my GR these last few weeks.

    KHOO, my ideas? I have no idea. HAHA! I just get flickers of randomness and I just go with it. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. But thats the fun of it right? When you gonna get yourself a blog sister?? huh? ;)

    TANYA, Thank you doll. Its not for everyone’s taste but regardless if I win or not, it was uber fun so its all good.

  6. WOW you are seriously rocking it out girl!!! awesome!! man this round has some serious SERIOUS competition! love it! :)

  7. you continue to wipe the floor with me! ha! those look amazing!!!

  8. STEPH, Thats me! Rocking Cupcakes! ooohhh I need to write that name down in my notebook for a possible future business name. ;)

    SUZY, haha. no no. I think a couple ppl probably aren’t feeling my idea but its cool. I love the colors. Its all about looks right? HAHA!

  9. I have some serious stepping up to do. I am sporting a pouting face in your direction (as I slide you a crisp Benjamin under the table).

  10. JANNA, Honey trust me when I say that I know you’ll create something amazing like you do every month. ::taking benjamin with a smile::

  11. seriously.. that looks awesome!!! then again.. I’m biased.. love the avocado.. must reallie appease the heat of the jalapenos in there. Great job!

  12. SIHAN, Avocado ice cream is honestly pretty good but I think I have more of a taste for sweet avocado being asian than my “white boy” husband! HAHA! Thanks for compliments!

  13. Wow!
    that sounds strangely amazing! I can’t help but want to try this. I love sweet and tangy/spicy things and although at first thought it sounds iffy, I can definitely see this as amazing.

    You bettr win this month, because girl, this is HAWT!!!

  14. YVETTE, You’re so cute! Thanks for the vote of confidence! I have to admit I’ve seen some amazing jalapeno creations in my GR already so I have some stiff competition! But I’ll be sure to let the hostesses know that you think I should win. ;)

  15. when i’m confident enough about my cupcakes!
    heheheh. i’m free-er now since exams are over!
    i’ll keep you updated clara (:

  16. My boyfriend was reading this with me.
    Our reactions:
    Me – “HOLY CRAP!”
    Him – “I’d try it!”

    Lol this is freakin awesome. You’re brain is incredible!

  17. Oh yeah, I came here to reply to the comment you left about the “500 Cupcakes” book. I don’t really use it that often anymore, because the recipes seem so simple compared to the ones in most of the other books I have.

  18. HTEAC, LMAO! “Holy crap!” Thats a good reaction (I think). My hubs was more like “you want me to eat what??”. Yeah I tried a couple recipes from 500 Cupcakes and just wasn’t impressed b/c (like you said) there are “better” recipes out there. Actually its kinda ironic b/c I was thinking maybe I’d give it another chance since someone emailed me recently that she’d bake in the book with me. So maybe I’ll give it another go…

  19. Baking them in the waffle cone is genius! The ice cream sounds delicious as well. I’d like hot fudge on mine please.

  20. MAGGIE, ooohhhh hot fudge! Love me some fudge. Good call.

  21. WOOT what a fab entry. I lurrrveee seeing all the fabulous entries so far. Such imagination!!! Sick of red, white, and blue yet? HA!

  22. MARA, uh. Yes. Very. HAHA!

  23. Looks interesting. I don’t know if I could handle the japalenos….BTW, remind me to send you a yummy avacado recipie I have….

  24. KRMWV, This is your reminder to send me that yummy avocado recipe you have! ;)

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