Hey everyone! My name is Ryan, I'm the blogger behind Ryan's Baking Blog. I was recently contacted by Julie after she featured my Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cupcakes on a recent post and she asked me to share another cupcake recipe with you all.
I decided to go really simple, a recipe that I know very well and is also very delicious. The buttercream is the star here, a smooth, creamy buttercream made using melted chocolate. A lot of chocolate buttercreams use cocoa powder, it yields a thicker, sometimes powdery product so I really prefer to melt down some unsweetened chocolate.
The buttercream can top a variety of cupcakes, anything from vanilla to peanut butter, but here I'm using it on top of chocolate cupcakes for a sweet double chocolate experience. Bonus: the chocolate cupcakes are made using one bowl so there is less cleanup to do!
If you want to go over the top, feel free to add a layer of chocolate ganache under the buttercream and top everything off with a chocolate drizzle and chocolate shavings.
Makes about 12 cupcakes
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cake flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
1 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup warm water
Preheat oven to 350°F and line two muffin tins with paper liners.
Sift together flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together with sugar.
Add all the wet ingredients and whisk together to combine slightly before beating with a stand or an electric mixer (so the wet ingredients don’t splash everywhere). Beat until everything is combined completely and then use a rubber spatula to scrape the bowl and fold everything together until it is nice and smooth.
The batter will be wet. Use a pitcher with a lip to pour the batter into the tins. Fill about halfway and bake for about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks before frosting.
Makes enough for 12 cupcakes
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Melt the chocolate either in a microwave (checking every 30 seconds so you don’t burn the chocolate) or on a double boiler. Stir gently and let cool.
Using a stand mixer or hand mixer beat the butter and cooled chocolate together until smooth. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk, and the vanilla extract. Cream these until well blended and add the remaining sugar and milk, beating until combined and fluffy.
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