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kara’s chocolate cupcake
yields 24 cupcakes
- 2 cups cake flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ cup cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 8 oz unsalted butter
- 4 eggs
- 6 oz bittersweet chocolate
- 1 cup hot coffee
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1. Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. Set oven for 350 degrees with 2 racks. Gather cupcake liners and cupcake pan and an ice cream scoop.
- 2. Sift together dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder in mixing bowl with a flat beater
- 3. With the mixer on low speed, cream butter and add sugar. Beat for 2-3 min until fluffy.
- 4. Add the eggs one at time, beating well for 2-3 min and scraping down the bowl after each addition.
- 5. Pour the hot coffee over the chocolate and let melt for a few minutes. Let mixture cool.
- 6. Add the dry ingredients alternating with the hot coffee chocolate mixture and buttermilk vanilla mixture in thirds.
- 7. When all has been incorporated, mix well on low speed for 1 -2 minutes.
- 8. Use an ice cream scoop and fill lined cupcake liners 90% full.
- 9. Bake 20 min or until toothpick comes out clean or cake springs back when touched. Each oven is different… a few min more or less may be needed. (display at bottom of screen)
- 10. Allow to cool for 10 min on a bakers rack.
- 11. De-pan the cupcakes and set aside for frosting.
kara’s chocolate buttercream frosting
- 1 oz water
- 6 oz egg whites
- 4.5 oz sugar
- 1 lb 4 oz butter
- 6 oz (melted) chocolate
- 4.5 oz sugar
- 1. In a saucepan heat water and 4.5 oz sugar to firm ball stage (250*F or 120*C), making a sugar syrup.
- 2. Meanwhile, begin whipping the egg whites to medium firm peaks while adding gradually the remaining sugar in 2 additions. This will help create firm peaks.
- 3. With the mixer on high, pour the sugar syrup into the whites in a thin stream aiming for the side of the bowl. Reduce the speed to medium and beat until meringue cools and stiffens, 5 minutes
- 4. On high, beat the butter in 4 additions; incorporate each before adding the other. Once incorporated add the room temp, melted chocolate and whip until smooth
decorate and enjoy!