CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH VANILLA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
- Cooking Time: 20-22
- Servings: 12 cupcakes
- Preparation Time: 20 minutes
- Chocolate Cupcakes:
- 2/3 c all purpose flour
- 2 1/2 TBSP Droste cocoa powder
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 oz. bittersweet Ghirardelli chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 c plus 3 TBSP unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 3/4 c plus 2 TBSP sugar
- 3 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- (extra grated Ghirardelli for garnish)
- Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (this buttercream tastes almost like whipped cream!):
- 3 large egg whites at room temperature
- 1 c sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 c unsalted butter at room temperature and cut into 16 pieces
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12 cup muffin pan with papers or foils.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Melt butter and chocolate in a large heatproof bowl placed over, but not touching, simmering water in a saucepan. Stir frequently until completely melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove the bowl and let this mix cool to room temperature; about 10-15 minutes.
Stir the sugar into the chocolate mixture until it is combined. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, stirring after each addition and then stir in the vanilla. Gently fold in the flour mixture until there are no traces of flour. Do not over mix.
Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 of the way with the batter. Bake about 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 5 minutes before transferring the cupcakes to the wire rack. Let cool completely, at least one hour.
Frost with buttercream and garnish with grated chocolate. Makes 12 cupcakes.
In a large, heatproof bowl, whisk the egg whites and sugar. Set the bowl over, but not touching, simmering water in a saucepan. Heat the mixture, whisking constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture reads 160 degrees F on a thermometer. This takes about 2-3 minutes. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and with an electric mixer on high speed, beat until fluffy, cool to room temperature and holds stiff peaks, about 6 minutes.
With the mixer now on medium-low speed, add the salt, then the butter, a few pieces at a time. Be sure to beat well after each addition. If the frosting starts to separate or is liquid after all the butter has been added, continue to beat on high speed until it is smooth and creamy; an additional 4-5 minutes. Add vanilla and beat until combined. Use right away. ENJOY!