Friday, March 8, 2013

Chocolate Cupcake Winner!

I've been making a lot of chocolate cake recently. What can I say? Most people expect chocolate when it comes to cake and it really is one of the easiest recipes out there. I usually go for Bakehappy's chocolate cake recipe. I used it in this post. I love it because it is very easy to make, it's sweet and kids go crazy for it. It needs mayonnaise though and there are days when I just don't have a bottle of mayo lying around in my kitchen.
Sweetapolita is one of those blogs I check religiously. It's so lovely to look at! Her site, full of photos of cake, cookies and her beautiful family - it is so heartwarming to peek into Rosie's life! I tried the recipe for her sugar cookies over a year ago and have used it ever since. So, I decided to try her rich, dark chocolate cake recipe.
It's so simple to make! And I instantly fell in love with how dark this cupcake looked when I used her recipe.

When I bite into it, the flavor just explodes in my mouth!
I've used this recipe for cupcakes and cakes, and it has a wonderful balance of not too sweet and not too bland, instead it is truly dark, rich and decadent.
I used a basic buttecream frosting recipe and gave the cupcakes to family and friends and they kept asking me to make more!
Definitely a recipe I will be using again and again! :)

Rich Chocolate Cake Recipe
(From Sweetapolita)

Ingredients:
1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup Cocoa Powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup strong black coffee
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespooon pure vanilla extract

Method:
Preheat oven to 350'F.
Prepare 3 x 8" cake pans with butter and flour or parchment paper.
In bowl of electric mixer, sift all dry ingredients.
Add all remaining ingredients to bowl with the dry ingredients and using the paddle attachment, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed and pour into prepared pans. Batter will be liquidy.
Bake for 20 minutes and rotate pans in oven.
Cakes are done when toothpick or skewer comes clean--approximately 35 minutes. Try not to overbake. Cool on wire racks for 20 minutes then gently invert onto racks until completely cool.

Obviously, you can use the same recipe for cupcakes except prepare two 12-count cupcake pans and place liners in them prior to baking. Use your favorite buttercream frosting and slather it on :)
A true champion! Enjoy!