Dellicious Chocolate Cupcakes

Written by Roar Elias

Chocolate cupcakes are a firm favourite amongst many young and old. Overall, this little cake was once something that was meant solely for kids parties, but they have taken off in a huge way. You can buy books dedicated to cupcakes. There are stores that only sell cupcakes. In Washington D.C a famous store has been open for some time, selling cupcakes, which attract the crowds from all over. You will see people literally queuing up outside the doors waiting for their cupcakes, and there are plenty more stores like this one.

What's better, chocolate cupcakes you find at trendy adult gatherings and even weddings only take an average of 40 minutes to make. Some people will tell you that it all comes to what is on top, but this is not necessarily true. If you think about it, you may have a cupcake which is bland or dry and comparing this to something that is flavoured with espresso, orange or chocolate cream can make a massive difference.

Here is a recipe that works really well because there is a lot of flavour in the cupcake and because of the method used; you will also discover that they are very moist. I used coffee here, just to add in something extra. The ganache is what you put on top afterwards and this can also be flavoured with coffee to give it a cappuccino feel.

Basic Recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 200g (7 oz.) sugar
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tsp coffee powder

Directions

  1. Sift dry ingredients.
  2. Mix coffee powder into hot water,
  3. Whisk sugar, oil and add hot water and egg yolks.
  4. Whisk egg whites to stiff peaks
  5. Folk in dry ingredients carefully
  6. Fold in egg whites
  7. Pour into the moulds and bake at 160 degrees C / 320degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes

Ganache for Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

½ cup cream

250g (8.5 oz,) chocolate

Directions

  1. Bring cream to boil
  2. Remove from heat and add chocolate.
  3. Now just leave this to cool for a few minutes and then start coating it on the cupcakes. If it goes hard then you won't be able to work with it, but you can always melt it down again.

Budget-Friendly Chocolate Cupcakes

I just thought I would leave you with something that is budget-friendly, which you can whip up in no time, but you can still rely on its moist flavour. So many people say they don't even want to become interested in baking because of the costs involved, but it really doesn't have to be that expensive.

Ingredients

  1. 1 ½ cups flour
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. ½ cup cocoa powder
  6. 1 cup water
  7. ½ cup vegetable oil
  8. 1 tsp vinegar

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients well until the batter is smooth and free of any lumps.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C for 25 minutes.

Chocolate Frosting for Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 Tbsp dark corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 lb (450g) confectioners' sugar
  • ½ cup whipping cream

Directions

You can use a machine with a paddle attachment for this.

  1. Cream the butter and add in the corn syrup, vanilla and salt.
  2. Turn the machine off and add the cocoa. Now turn it back onto low. Do the same for the sugar.
  3. Lastly, add the cream and beat until it is nice and fluffy.

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