06 February 2008

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes


I found this recipe at Chockylit's wonderful site Cupcake Bakeshop (you really need to check that out, the woman makes some amazing cupcakes). Her recipe was originally for truffle cupcakes, but I went a little more simple and just made them dark chocolate. Still fabulous – dark, rich, and absolutely lovely. It's almost like a bittersweet-chocolate brownie, except in cupcake form.

I halved her recipe, hence the "1/8"th measurements. Feel free to double it back up; that would give you about 25 cupcakes. The batter is super-thick but man, it makes one mean chocolate cupcake.

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes


Ingredients:
3 to 4 oz. Valrhona 85% cacao (or any bittersweet chocolate)
12 Tbsp. (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 1/8 c. sugar
4 eggs
5/8 c. flour
1/8 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
3/4 tsp. baking powder
Pinch salt

Prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment paper and laying out cupcake cups. Preheat oven to 350 F.

Chop chocolate and transfer into the bowl of a standing mixer. Add butter to the chocolate and place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until chocolate melts and butter is combined.
Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Let mixture cool for 10 minutes. Beat in an electric mixer for 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing for 10 seconds between each.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt into the mixture, return to the electric mixer, and mix until blended.

Scoop batter into cupcake cups and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

15 comments:

Meryl said...

Her cupcakes are, indeed, incredible!

Patricia Scarpin said...

They are so beautiful, Nemmie. Chocolaty and delicious!

Deborah said...

Gorgeous cupcakes!

Sarah said...

Mmmmm, chocolate....

Emiline said...

I love, love, love, chocolate cake. Good piping skills.

Brilynn said...

Beautiful cupcakes! Who doesn't love dark chocolate?

anne said...

Looks absolutely delicious! I can't wait to make them...

By the way, what kind of frosting did you make for the top? Looks equally yummy...

Tarah said...

I love dark chocolate. The cupcakes look gorgeous!

Emiline said...

You HAVE to report back about that BSC blog. Seriously. I must read that. I'm going to go look for it.

Jenny said...

I am a huge dark chocolate fan, I've got to try these beauties! Thanks for sharing!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I think I'll stick with the Valrhona. Wow! They look fabulous! Love the creative shots too.

Nemmie said...

Thanks for the comments!

Anne - I use my basic buttercream, it's rather thick but great for decorating! Sets well. Check out my pink lemonade cupcakes for the basic recipe...

Susan - me too, my dear :)

familiabencomo said...

Yummy! I should bake these & forget about those 10++ lbs I need to lose - life is to be enjoyed!

Thank you for posting these little bits of heaven, Amy

Sarah said...

I just baked these up last night, and I am definitely a fan. I used Lindt 85% Cacao because it was what I could get on the fly... next time I will try the Valrhona.

I'm hoping you will keep making cupcakes, because I love following your recipes. :)

Anonymous said...

Just made these tonight for a birthday party tomorrow - they were easy and they look incredible. I went with the cream cheese frosting, and some wafer cookies and dark chocolate bits for decoration. Thanks for this awesome recipe! Yum.