Valentine’s Cupcakes

So this was Valentine’s weekend and of course you need to have chocolate baked goods. The girls and I planned an evening of dancing and the best way to start that off is with pizza and chocolate treats. I searched and searched for appropriate chocolate recipes and ended up settling on cupcakes.  A cake was too big, cookies too small and thus the chocolate cupcake.

Valentine's Chocolate Cupcakes

Valentine's Chocolate Cupcakes

I got the recipe from the cupcake project who adapted it from Chockylit. Now the cupcake project made some additions to get these to Better than Sex Cupcakes, I thought that was a little too hot for us, so I made these traditional style without and filling etc.

Chocolate Cupcakes

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

1-1/4 cups sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

3/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoons vanilla

2/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Beat butter until softened. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined. Measure the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder into a small sized bowl and whisk to combine. Measure out the milk and vanilla and stir to combine. Add about a third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and beat to combine. Add about a half of the milk/vanilla and beat to combine. Continue adding, alternating between dry and wet and finishing with the dry. Stir in chocolate chips. Scoop batter into cupcake cups about 1/2 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Chocolate Frosting

5.3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar

Chop the chocolate and place in a heat proof bowl. Melt over a pan of gently simmering water. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 – 20 minutes. Dissolve the cocoa powder in the boiling water in a small bowl. Set aside. In an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. Scrape the bowl. Add powdered sugar and beat to combine. Add cooled, melted chocolate and beat to combine. Add cocoa paste and beat to combine.

 

Cupcake

Cupcake featuring a Cadbury Button

Well, I have to say that I loved the cupcakes, meh on the frosting though. I added more icing sugar than it originally called for in order to make it sweet enough for my taste buds. In retrospect I wish I had done a cream cheese icing or a seven minute icing. You bake and learn I say, gives me a good reason to make them again with a different frosting. Hope you all had a great chocolate filled Valentine’s Day.

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