Monday, March 7, 2011

Cupcake craving....


One day, my man left for a two-week work in Russia. So, called the masseuse,
got a massage and I baked cupcakes!!! And these bad girls were well received by my number one fan. My 7 yr old girl.

This is probably the best ever chocolate cupcakes I've baked for the last 18 years I have been baking. Yes! people.... I have been baking and cooking since I can reach the stove top.

Not to get too far from it, these cupcakes are moist and the frosting, heavenly. See recipe below:

Pre-heat the oven to 175 degs C and prepare cupcake tins for 24 pcs. of small ones or about 16 of large ones.

Boil 1 cup of milk in a small saucepan. Turn off heat, and add 50 grams of really good cocoa powder and stir until smooth. Leave to cool.

In a separate bowl, sift together 175 grams of flour (I used triple A cake flour), 2 tsp. baking powder, and
1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

In your mixer, beat 113 grams of room temp butter until creamy. Gradually add 200 grams of caster sugar. Then add 2 large eggs, one at a time. Once fluffy cream, add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Add ½ of the flour mixture, then scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the other ½ then slowly add the chocolate mixture.
Fill each muffin cup about two-thirds full with batter and bake for about 16 - 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. (Do not over bake or the cupcakes will be dry.) Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
For butter icing, melt 120 grams of unsweetened chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
In your mixer, beat 150 grams of room temp, unsalted butter until smooth and creamy. Add 160 grams of confectioners sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract. Add the chocolate and beat on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until frosting is smooth and glossy (about 2 -3 minutes).
Frost those wonderful cupcakes with the delicious frosting!!! Enjoy....

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