Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Celebrating National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Today was National Chocolate Cupcake Day (yes that exists!), so I just had to make chocolate cupcakes! I also found out that there is a National Vanilla Cupcake Day (Nov. 10) and a National Lemon Cupcake Day (Dec. 15) coming up. There is a handy list of all the national food days here. This is a whole new level of excitement for me!

America's Test Kitchen has my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe, and I topped them off with Martha Stewart's Ultimate Chocolate Frosting.

I have to say these are AHHHMAZING! The boyfriend wholeheartedly agrees!

America’s Test Kitchen Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake
Makes 24 cupcakes

Delicious little cup of coffee
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate , chopped fine (see note) 
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup hot coffee (I used my Belgian Chocolate Keurig Cups)
  • 1 1/2 cup cake flour 
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil 
  • 4 large eggs 
  • 4 teaspoons white vinegar 
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees.  
  2. Place chocolate and cocoa in medium bowl. Pour hot coffee over mixture and whisk until smooth. Set in refrigerator to cool completely, about 20 minutes. 
  3. Whisk flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside. 
  4. Whisk oil, eggs, vinegar, and vanilla into cooled chocolate-cocoa mixture until smooth. 
  5. Add flour mixture and whisk until smooth. 
  6. Divide batter evenly among muffin pan cups. Bake 17 to 19 minutes. Cool cupcakes in muffin pan about 10 minutes. Carefully lift each cupcake from muffin pan and set on wire rack. Cool to room temperature before frosting.

Martha Stewart’s Ultimate Chocolate Frosting
Makes about 3 cups

  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar 
  • 1 cup cocoa powder 
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 
  • 1/2 cup milk, room temperature 
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
  1. In a small bowl, sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. 
  2. Add butter, milk, and vanilla 
  3. Stir until smooth and free of lumps. 
  4. Pipe on Cupcakes (I used tip 6B)
  5. Garnish with mini-chocolate chips

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