Monday, August 22, 2005

Devilish Chocolate cupcakes

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These were made for a friend's 30 something birthday- my friend Mik who LOVES chocolate and stares at anything i make with chocolate in it with huge goggle eyes. When i make anything without chocolate, he stares at me accusingly and huffs 'Where's the chocolate?"
So it was without question, that my birthday creation for him would have to have chocolate in it. I had initially wanted to make him a killer choc mousse cake that i had recently seen in 101cookbooks.com - but with my newfound obssession with cupcakes, having only made one batch (see Cupcakes posting!) and with some friends requesting for more, it was a natural choice - Chocolate cupcakes!

I found this recipe from a blog i had discovered called www.chockylit.blogspot.com
For anyone who has a penchant for cupcakes - this lady makes the most BEAUTIFUL ones. All fancy and dressed up and fit for royalty. She has some fantastic pictures of cupcakes that are enough to get one on the roll! I highly recommend all to visit her blog for cupcake inspiration of the most divine kind.

I would say the chocolate cupcake itself was nothing out of the ordinary (v simple to make too!) but it was the icing that really made the kill. In combination, it hit the spot. And with my rainbow coloured sprinkles, it looked like kiddy party treats - perfect for a bunch of 30somethings who were children at heart really!

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Below is the recipe (taken from www.chockylit.blogspot.com)

Devil's Food Chocolate Cake
makes 24 cupcakes / 350 degree oven

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Measure out everything but the eggs directly into your mixer bowl.
2. Mix on low speed just until incorporated.
3. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes.
4. Add eggs, beat on high speed again for 2 minutes.

Measure out into cupcake pan lined with cupcake papers. A 2" ice cream scoop works great for this. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool slightly in the pan then transfer to a rack to cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream
enough to lightly frost 24 cupcakes

1 stick butter
1/2 cup cocoa
4 cups confectioner's sugar
~1/4 cup milk

1. Beat butter on high for about 30 seconds until soft.
2. Add cocoa and 1 cup of sugar and beat until incorporated
3. Add half of the milk and the remainder of sugar and beat until incorporated.
4. Continue to add milk until you get to the consistency you want.

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