September 26, 2011

Chocolate Cupcakes

I feel like for the sake of honesty I need to start this post with a couple of disclaimers. First, I can't take any credit for this recipe, it came from a book called Cupcakes and Other Goodies published in 2005. And secondly, I can't really tell you how good these are because I don't like chocolate, so I don't eat them. However, all of my chocolate-loving amigos tell me that they are amazing and often request that I make them.

What I can tell you though is that the recipe is a simple one. My only words of advice are to really grease your muffin tins if you aren't going to use liners. I always have a hard time getting the cupcakes out in one piece. Use a double-boiler to make the glaze and leave it on low heat so it doesn't harden too quickly. Also, if you think you have ruined the glaze after just the first step of cocoa, butter, and water, don't worry, I always do too, just keep going. And I have never put my cupcakes in the refrigerator to set, they seem to do just fine sitting on the counter.

Here is the recipe as it is written in the book, the photos are mine. 

Rich Chocolate Mini-Cakes
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon each baking soda and salt
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate Glaze (recipe follows)

1. Heat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 24 small muffin cups.

2. Sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.

Add water, oil, and vanilla; stir until batter is blended. (Batter will be thin.) Spoon into prepared cups, filling 2/3 full.

Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until top springs back when touched. Cool in pans on wire racks 3 minutes; invert onto racks. Cool completely.

3. Prepare Chocolate Glaze; dip rounded portion into glaze. Place on wax paper-covered tray; refrigerate 10 minutes to set glaze.

Chocolate Glaze: Melt 2 tablespoons butter in small saucepan over low heat; add 2 tablespoon cocoa and 2 tablespoons water. Cook and stir until smooth and slightly thickened; do not boil. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Blend in 1 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; beat with wire whisk until smooth and slightly thickened.


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  1. I do like chocolate and these look scrumptious! Can't wait to try them. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog!

  2. They look really good! I wonder what is wrong with your taste buds to make you not like chocolate. There really must be something wrong with them.

  3. These look amazing!!! I on the other hand am obsessed with chocolate...I literally could eat all of these in one sitting! (I ate 9 chocolate chip cookies the other day had to purposely make myself stop...I just love love love them!

  4. Yum! These look delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. those look delicious!!! I love chocolate so I will definitely be trying those.

  6. yum! These look DELICIOUS! I would love for you to come link this and/or any other projects you have been up to at the Tuesday Talent Show! Hope to see you there!