A couple weeks ago I announced that I was going to make a few treats in an effort to pick the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. The only requirement for the dessert; it must have chocolate in it. And as you might imagine, this is becoming a harder chore than I originally thought.
The first recipe I presented was for Strawberry Kiss Cheesecakes. They definitely hit the spot, and after making them I had to wonder if I would be able to top them.
Well… now I present the Chocoholic Cupcake. The cake is dark, moist, and less sweet than a lot of chocolate cupcake recipes. I like to top them off with either vanilla or chocolate buttercream frosting which is sweet and buttery and compliments the dark chocolate cake.
I have to say that it is nearly impossible to choose a favorite between the two desserts I’ve made so far. I have at least one more dessert to make before picking a favorite, but now I’m wondering if we should celebrate Valentine’s Day with just desserts and wine!
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 c. brown sugar, not packed
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 c. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. cocoa
1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. skim milk
1 c. boiling water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Makes 1 1/2 dozen cupcakes.
Prepare cupcake tins by placing paper liners in each cup. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, add sugars, eggs, skim milk, and oil. With an electric mixer beat ingredients for 2 minutes. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa; mix again until completely blended. Add boiling water and flour; beat until smooth and creamy. Stir in vanilla extract.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean.
Cool completely before frosting.
I couldn’t resist decorating these cupcakes with bright gumballs from SweetWorks candy, along with Hershey’s creamy milk chocolate hearts and kisses. Both are so festive!
And drum roll please….
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