And how did Fran like them? Well, she ate four before I'd had a chance to frost them and she is very particular when it comes to cake! Poor thing, deprived for so long. But seriously, it's not just the chocolate component that's awesome about these cupcakes because the combination of a dried peach (or apricots) sandwiched between softened licorice is heavenly.
I can't abide 'chocolate' cupcakes that taste more like generic cake than chocolate and these don't disappoint. Think intense chocolate but without the cloying richness of a brownie. I'm also not really a fan of licorice but the flavour is mellowed in these cupcakes and it pairs really well with the chocolate and peach/apricot.