We made the cupcakes the day before using a regular mix and adding cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and cayenne pepper (you know, cos it's "hot" chocolate).
We dunked the cupcakes in buttermilk (or chocolate pudding for a few) then dredged them in tempura mix with cocoa, cinnamon and cayenne.
Then the nomming commenced. And it was good.
Apron: Southern Foodways Alliance
Mug: Flannery O'Connor's Savannah home (Yes, the one where the backwards-walking chicken lived)
Chiba was pouting over not getting any cupcakes, so we gave her a hat. She's quite fashionable, and may actually end up as our weekend blogger.
We borrowed the fryer from Bo and only had it for the weekend, so we made the best of it with beignets for breakfast the next morning.