Sunday, 9 August 2009

Chocolate Cupcakes

photo courtesy of sifu renka
I've had a lot of requests over the past month for chocolate cupcakes. I don't know what sparked it, but I was a little surprised to realize that I hadn't yet posted my recipe for chocolate cupcakes. These cupcakes are so easy to make and so delicious. These are chocolate cupcakes for the chocolate lover! When it comes to classic cupcakes, simple is better and that's what I'm doing here. These can be paired with vanilla, cream cheese frosting, buttercream, or chocolate frosting (but only if you really really like chocolate).
Chocolate cupcakes are great for holidays such as Halloween, Valentine's Day, and the fourth of July. They go great with any decoration, such as sprinkles and chocolate cupcakes look amazing with any white icing.

My mouth is watering already!

Chocolate Cupcakes for the Chocolate Lover

Makes about a dozen treats!

3/4 Cups unsweetened dutch process cocoa powder (or regular cocoa powder)
3/4 Cups hot water
3 Cups all purpose flower
1 tsp baking soda
1 heaping tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3 sticks unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
A generous splash of vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream

Preheat your over to 350 degrees. Beat together cocoa and hot water until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and powder, and salt until well combined.
Melt butter and sugar together in a saucepan over low-medium heat until smooth. Once smooth, transfer to mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Add cocoa and mix. Add vanilla and mix well. On low speed, beat in the flour mixture. Don't over mix! Now pour cupcakes into the cupcake tins and pop your chocolate cupcakes in the oven. Bake for around 20 minutes, rotating pan at the halfway mark.

You can store your chocolate cupcakes for up to 2 days, or in the freezer for up to two months but they taste so delicious when they're fresh. Frost them with chocolate, buttercream, or cream cheese frosting for an extra tang! Sometimes I like to top them with just some powdered sugar. These chocolate cupcakes are very rich and frosting might be too much for them. If you want a lighter frosting, go with boiled. This also tops chocolate cupcakes off great, but my favorite is the cream cheese.

Adding a little red and yellow food dye to the icing and topping it on these chocolate cupcakes makes for great Halloween cupcakes and with Halloween right around the corner, who can resist? Top with candy corn or orange and chocolate and white sprinkles.

Chocolate cupcakes are just another recipe from my collection. The cupcake are delicious, and you will no doubt enjoy eating them just as much (probably more) than making them. This chocolate cupcake recipe should hold you over till next time. Thanks for reading!