Thursday, September 6, 2012

Really Chocolate Cupcakes

I've said it before and I'll say it again: If you aren't going to have all of the chocolate, you might as well have none of the chocolate.

Okay, so that's not always true. Vanilla frosting on chocolate cake (or vice versa) is a pretty awesome pairing - but it's not this. No, nothing is quite this.

A rich chocolate cupcake, filled with chocolate pudding, and topped with a sweet chocolate buttercream. In case that sounds overwhelming, the pudding actually cuts down some of the sweetness and breaks up the texture nicely.

It's hard to think these are the favourite dessert of someone who once, as a little girl, politely declined all the chocolate bars as she trick-or-treated during her first Halloween. How far we've come.

Chocolate Cupcakes (with pudding filling)
Leanne Bakes

For the pudding, I usually use this easy chocolate pudding recipe. But you can feel free to use a mix if that's easier!

Chocolate Cupcakes

3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tbsp canola oil
2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F and grease or line your muffin tin.

In a large bowl, combine the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, water, buttermilk, and vanilla, and mix until the lumps are gone, scraping the bowl as you go along. I usually just use a mixer, because I'm lazy.

Pour the batter into the muffin tins, filling about 3/4 full, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick pulls out clean.

Let cool. To fill with pudding (recipe linked above), slice off a circle in the top of the cupcake, much like you would when removing the top of a pumpkin for carving. Plop some pudding into the hole, and press the cupcake lid back down. Easy!

Chocolate Buttercream

3/4 cup butter
3-4 cups icing sugar
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp vanilla

Whip butter in bowl of a stand mixer.

Gradually add icing sugar and cocoa until desired consistency is reached.

If icing is too thick, add a tsp of milk or cream at a time until it softens.


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