Snowy Chocolate Cupcakes- Nat'l Cupcake Day!


2 ounces (2 squares) bittersweet chocolate (I used Ghiradelli 70%% Cacao Bar)
2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I used Ghiradelli Brand)
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/8 teaspoon Baking powder
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1 Large Egg (at room temperature)
1/4 granul Sugar
1/6 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Homemade Buttermilk (or store-bought)
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
PAM Baking Flavor
1/2 sweetened coconut flakes
2 cups Dark Chocolate Frosting (recipe Below)
1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I used Ghiradelli Brand)
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate melted (I used Ghiradelli 70%% Cacao Bar)
4 tablespoons Milk (I used skim plus)
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12 cup cupcake sheet with PAM and place liners in each cup. Set aside.
Melt the chocolate squares in the microwave and set aside to cool a bit. Meanwhile in large bowl beat together softened butter, brown and white sugar until creamy. Add the egg and beat until combined well about 2 minutes. Using a spatula stir in the melted chocolate.
In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa. In a small bowl combine buttermilk and vanilla- set aside.
With the mixer on low, add in about 1/3 of the flour mixture and blend well. Then add about 1/3 of the buttermilk mixture and blend well. Continue adding the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture, alternating and mixing well between each addition. Scrape sides of bowl with the spatula. DO NOT OVER MIX.
Pour about 2 hefty tbsp of mixture into each cup. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove and cool before frosting.
In a large bowl combine melted butter and cocoa. Add the melted chocolate. Mix well until lumps are smooth. Using a hand mixer beat in confectioner’s sugar and 2-3 tbsp of milk. Beat until thick and creamy- I like my frosting really thick because it’s easier to pipe that way. However, you can add more or less milk depending on your desired consistency.
Place frosting into a piping bag with a medium round tip, or cut off a small corner of a big ziplock bag. Pipe into swirls on the cooled cupcakes. Top with a generous amount of sweetened coconut and serve!



12.0 cupcakes


Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 11:09am


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