Look! Cincinnati Chili Cupcakes

Yes, yes - we know. We just predicted that the cupcake trend will be over soon (if it isn't already dead). And yet, we just couldn't pass up this cupcake. It stopped us in our tracks.

Cincinnati chili (for anyone who doesn't know) is a hearty beanless chili with a rich, complex flavor. There's usually cinnamon and cocoa cooked in - sometimes a pinch of coffee and some chilies. It's usually served with onions, shredded Cheddar cheese, and spaghetti noodles.

These cupcakes were created by Maggie at Dog Hill Kitchen in honor of her father's birthday. He is apparently a huge Cincy chili fan! Read all about the cupcakes here, including how she made the orange-colored white chocolate "cheese."

Cincinnati Chili Cupcakes

And if chili cupcakes really aren't your thing (they are definitely more of a novelty for us than a planned baking project!!) then take a chance to try out our recipe for Cincinnati Chili. It's a hearty, warming fall dish. It'll warm you right down to your toes.

Cincinnati Chili

Related: Cutest Cupcake Winners at Martha Stewart

(Images: Maggie at Dog Hill Kitchen and Faith Durand)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.