|Sorry it's so small, took the picture on my phone at work.|
recipe by: Joy of Baking
- 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1 cup boiling hot water
- 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Line 16 muffin cups with paper liners.
- In a microwave safe bowl, stir the cocoa powder into the boiling hot water. Let it cool to room temperature.
- In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat only until incorporated.
- Remove the paddle attachment and stir in the cocoa mixture by hand. Make sure to stir completely until smooth.
- Fill each muffin cup about two-thirds full with batter and bake for about 16 - 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost with icing.
Chocolate Fudge Frosting:
- 4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet bar and just melted it down.
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/3 cups confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (I used Mexican vanilla)
- Melt the chocolate bar either in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals or I used my Wilton Chocolate Pro. Sidebar, that thing is awesome!!
- Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
- Beat butter until smooth and creamy.
- Add the sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy.
- Beat in the vanilla extract.
- Add the chocolate and beat on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until frosting is the consistency of whipped topping almost. You can stop sooner (as soon as you see it smooth) but I like how the "whipped" buttercream taste so I let the mixer do its magic for a little while longer.
Enjoy! I know Amy and my Kinder team did!