Who loves cupcakes? Everybody I know, including my family 🙂 There is something magical about a little cupcake’s ability to make people happy and brighten the day.
This recipe advertises itself as the ”best chocolate cake ever”, and it was very moist and delicious. Our family agreed these are the best chocolate cupcakes our family has eaten (and I have tasted my share of cupcakes)! I followed the Add a Pinch cupcake recipe exactly, but modified the frosting.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon espresso powder
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup boiling water
- Preheat oven to 325º F.
- Place cupcake liners in muffin tin.
- Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk throughly to combine or, using your paddle attachment, stir through flour mixture until combined well.
- Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to the batter.
- Evenly distribute cake batter. Each cupcake liner should be about ¾ths full. (Note: Batter will appear very watery)
- Place in the oven and bake about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow the cupcakes to cool completely.
- 1/2 cup butter (1 sticks), softened at room temperature
- 1-1.5 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Place softened butter into the bowl of a stand mixer that has been fitted with the paddle attachment (I’ve used the whisk attachment with good results too). Turn the mixer on medium setting, and cream the butter until it is smooth and has lightened in color, about 5 minutes.
- Add confectioner’s sugar, ½ a cup at a time. After each cup has been incorporated, turn the mixer onto the highest speed setting and for about 10 seconds to lighten the frosting.
- Add vanilla, milk, and a pinch of salt and combine on low speed until combined.
- Increase speed to medium for another 6 minutes until light and fluffy.
- To make chocolate frosting, I took some of the vanilla frosting out in a separate bowl and added unsweetened cocoa (the same I used for the cupcakes) until it was the right color and chocolate flavor.