Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chocolate Cupcakes For Mother's Day!



What Mother's Day treat is a must have at this mom's house? Chocolate. Yes, I am a serious choc-o-holic, I admit it. So one of my favorite desserts are chocolate cupcakes. If you are looking for a yummy cupcake recipe for Mother's Day, here is a delicious one from Real Simple:

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, spooned and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 recipe Chocolate Ganache Frosting
  • miniature marshmallows, for topping

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, then the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix just until combined (do not over-mix).
  4. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin tins and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool.
  5. Spread the frosting on the cupcakes and sprinkle with the marshmallows.
This recipe should make about 24 cupcakes.