A Lesson in Finding What Works

March is National Caffeine Awareness Month and  March 20 through 26 is American Chocolate Week. Caffeine and chocolate naturally go together, so what better way to celebrate than baking some chocolate muffins with espresso?

With that in mind, I dove into a new-to-me-recipe. But let’s face it, sometimes we try things that don’t work. In this case, the recipe did not work to the extent that I won’t even link to it here. As I was putting ingredients together, I realized the ratios were WAY off. I looked back to the original recipe upon which the variation I was trying was based and adjusted a few things. What I got was a bunch of totally bland cupcakes (you can try to fool yourself and call them muffins, but they’re cupcakes) with neither strong chocolate nor strong coffee flavor.

Not one to waste food, I decided to see if I could make a Kahlua glaze that could save the day. Those who know me well know I do not like icing, so that’s really saying something. The glaze was quite good and a nice accidental discovery that I’ll add to my recipe file. Plus, it gives us a way to celebrate National Cocktail Day. Win-win!


Simple Kahlua Glaze

Whisk together to desired consistency:

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Have fun in the kitchen!


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