Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Anyone else feel like they are in a slump lately? For some reason the daylight savings this year has really messed with me. I hate leaving work at five and its already dark outside! I feel like my night is so cramped, but in reality it is the same length, weird right?!


So since I feel like I have no time, I have been making rather simple recipes lately, which is great around this time of year when we all start getting busier with preparing for the holidays. I know a lot of you are probably busy too, but don't forget to go vote for you favorite blogger in the FoodBuzz Project Food Blog. There are some really great videos out there promoting some great recipes!

These cupcakes are simple yet delicious. They are a dark chocolate cupcake with a creamy chocolate buttercream. There are so many ways to spice up chocolate cupcakes, but it all relies on a good base cupcake recipe...here is mine.




Double Chocolate Cupcakes


Cupcakes:
1 cup and 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 and 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup and 2 tbsp whole milk
1/3 cup strong coffee or espresso
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
2 and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

To prepare cupcakes, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with 12 liners or spray with non-stick spray and set aside. In a small bowl sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt, set aside. In a medium bowl mix egg, brown sugar, and white sugar till combined. Add in milk, coffee, and melted butter till combined. Mix in dry ingredients till combined and spoon mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then let cool completely on cooling rack.

To prepare frosting, in a double broiler or in a bowl set over simmering water, melt chocolate while stirring continuously. Once melted, set chocolate aside until cooled. In a large bowl using the whisk attachment on medium-high speed, whip butter for two minutes, cleaning sides and bottom of bowl as needed. Slowly sift in confectioners' sugar while mixing on low speed, cleaning sides and bottom of bowl as needed. Once all sugar is incorporated add in vanilla and blend. Add in melted, cooled chocolate and beat on medium-high for 2-3 minutes or until frosting is shiny and smooth. Fill pastry bag with your favorite tip, Wilton 1M for me, and decorate cooled cupcakes.


This recipe makes 12 cupcakes and equivalent frosting. Perfect for the small family or gift, but easy to double it up for a party, like your big Thanksgiving dinner!

Happy Baking!

35 comments:

  1. This is like a chocolate flower!! I want one!

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  2. Your double chocolate cupcakes look soooo incredibly delicious. I love chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, it's the best! The cupcakes are so beautiful too.

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  3. Love the flower frosting, Debbie.Beautiful and chocolaty cup cakes.

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  4. My chocolate loving daughter would be thrilled if I made these. They look delicious.

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  5. Double chocolate...can't go wrong. Gorgeous!

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  6. Yum! The more chocolate the better.

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  7. double chocolate, double pleasure, yummy yummy
    your cupcakes look like flowers, like the way to piped out the frosting

    p.s time changing messed me up too, slowly I'm starting to get used with the winter time :(

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  8. I feel your pain! I think daylight savings has messed me up as well. Your cupcakes look gorgeous though! So yummy!

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  9. I love cupcakes. They are smaller than a slice of cake in comparison and eating two of them makes me feel less guilt. These look incredibly delicious!

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  10. Nothing wrong with a simple chocolate cupcake! Sounds perfect for these short days we've been having!

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  11. Look at those perfectly piped, delicate layers of frosting! This is a beautiful cupcake, Debbie, and even though it's morning I could go for one or two of these beauties right now. Thanks so much for sharing these lovely cupcakes and your talents in the kitchen!

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  12. Daylight savings time she be abolished! Does it really help? It was easier to get up in the dark, than shelp around in the dark after work. Yummy cupcakes, I could go for one of those about now!
    -Gina-

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  13. These would go perfectly with the green tea I'm having right now. I love chocolate in any form and the little frosting flower is such a sweet touch.

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  14. these look great! i love the richness you get when adding coffee to chocolate cake, yum!

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  15. That cupcake almost looks too pretty to eat!! :)

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  16. These look great! I have been looking for a new chocolate cupcake recipe.
    Do you think these would work with dutch processed chocolate? And, more importantly, do you think they could handle a bit more chocolate?

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  17. These look so simple and yummy!

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  18. I have been feeling the daylight savings change as well...
    I too have been looking for a new chocolate cake recipe, but chocolate cupcakes are so much better!! I am definitely making these this weekend, to...you know...prepare my stomach for Thanksgiving? Thanks for the recipe!

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  19. These cupcakes look awesome! Definitely keeping them in mind for the fiance's birthday this weekend!

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  20. Congrats on top 9 with your beautiful cupcake!

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  21. Congratulations on the FB top 9! Your chocolate cupcakes are wonderful, beautifully photographed and delicious sounding :)

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  22. You are so right that a good basic recipe is IMPORTANT! Thank you for including yours and for your wonderful photo. My daughters and I enjoy baking, now... how do I help a 7 year old make that lovely flower?

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  23. @Lael: To make the flower, I use a Wilton #1M tip. For directions, check out http://www.squirrelbakes.com/2010/04/stout-cupcakes-irish-cream-ganache.html

    Let me know how they turn out!

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  24. Congratulations on the TOP 9, your cupcake looks delicious and the swirl is perfect.

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  25. I actually need a good base chocolate cupcake recipe. I've been disappointed in the ones from my cookbooks. I'll mark it for later.
    Congrats on the top 9!

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  26. If double chocolate cupcakes don't cheer you up I'd be really surprised - lol. Congrats on the top 9! Thanks for the recipe...

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  27. Simple is good. Those look like something my daughter would just crash her whole face into. Beautiful.

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  28. Wow...your cupcakes looks so delicious.
    Congrats.

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  29. Definitely a dark day slump period. Even on the west coast. It's always dark when I'm not at work. I love the simplicity of your cupcakes! Very elegant and lovely photos.

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  30. Adding coffee to chocolate cake is genius, it just brings out that chocolate flavour.

    What lovely, delicate little cakes - I love these.

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  31. I love double chocolate anything:) These looks so good, thanks for sharing!

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