Another of Megan's triumphs! I had no choice but to halve the recipe because I knew that if I made 24 of these, I would eat all 24 of these cupcakes....as it stands, I'm on the verge of checking myself into fat camp from making too many of Megan's recipes (you must try her other recipes, folks!!!) Anyway, these are just toooo good but I must honestly say that these are a million times removed from a Hostess cupcake - comparing this to a Hostess cupcake is like saying ground chuck is in the same league as prime rib. There is simply no comparison. I followed the recipe as Megan intended, save one small thing: I don't have the tools needed to pipe icing for decoration (amateur baker) so I thinned the royal icing with a little extra water and drizzled it on top of the cupcake surfaces instead. My boyfriend and I went gaga over these. Best served with milk! Love the flavors at work here - you can really taste the hint of espresso in the cake and the almond in the icing..lovely.