Blogger Taste and Tell made these chocolate amaretto cupcakes using a recipe from Betty Crocker's The Big Book of Cupcakes (click through for both the recipe and a chance to win a copy of the book!) and was inspired by...Olive Garden! She writes:
Now onto the cupcake. I do have to admit that I can't take full credit for this recipe. Years ago, there was a dessert at Olive Garden called Chocolate Lasagna. It was a favorite of my family - especially my mom. It was a chocolate layer cake with delicious almond-flavored frosting. When they took it off the menu, my mom was crushed. So what did she do? She created her own version!! This is the most requested cake for birthdays in my family. So when I was discussing cupcake ideas with my family, this idea came up. I did have to alter the chocolate cake recipe, since my mom's cake didn't translate into cupcakes very well, but I give full credit to my mom for this delicious frosting. Seriously - you won't regret making these cupcakes - they are definitely my favorite!!