I was thinking the other day about the basics in the kitchen. And the kinds of recipes I’d want Lucy (and my boys if they’d want) to know how to make that would give her a good foundation for future kitchen activity. And one thing that is so basic is chocolate cupcakes. I tried quite a few recipes to find one I liked. After trying out 4 different ones, I liked this one the best from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
1 cup (240ml) water
1/2 cup (64g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 and 1/3 cups (167g) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Line 14 muffin cups with liners.
Over high heat, bowl the water in a small saucepan. Pour the unsweetened cocoa powder into a medium sized bowl and mix with boiling water until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature by placing in the refrigerator as you prepare the other ingredients.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
In a large bowl, using an electric hand or stand mixer, cream the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat only until *just* combined. In a steady stream, add the cooled cocoa mixture and stir until smooth.
Fill each muffin tin 3/4 of the way full with batter. Bake for 16-19 minutes, keeping an eye on them to avoid even the slightest burning (which will lend dry cupcakes). My cupcakes took 17 minutes and a toothpick inserted in the middle came out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool before frosting.
But my favorite icing is totally this one from The Brown Eyed Baker.
Make the Frosting: In a food processor, process the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and salt until smooth, about 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the corn syrup and vanilla extract and process until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then add the chocolate and pulse until smooth and creamy, 10 to 15 one-second pulses. Frost the cupcakes as desired. The frosted cupcakes can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
For the Frosting:
1¼ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
¾ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
¾ cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces chocolate (milk, semisweet or dark), melted and cooled
Do you have a favorite chocolate cupcake recipe??
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