Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

Flowers and cupcakes.


Valentines Day is right around the corner.  You could give your sweetie cupcakes, chocolate, or even flowers, but how about giving them all of those in one.  These are double chocolate cupcakes with Chocolate frosting lined in adorable flower wrappers.   I must admit that I did not actually make these for Valentine's Day, I made them for a friend when she delivered her sweet baby girl, but since I never got around to posting them i figured they would be perfect for Valentine's Day. The cake recipe uses a box mix (I know, hate if you want), but they are incredibly moist and delicious and easy to make.  Now I want one!


Triple Chocolate Cupcakes for Valentine's Day
Chocolate Cupcakes recipe slightly adapted from allrecipes.com
 
Makes 24 cupcakes

1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 tablespoon instant espresso dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water 
2 cups chocolate chips (dark chocolate or semi-sweet), dusted in 1 tablespoon flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and espresso dissolved in water.  Gently stir in the chocolate chips  Bake for 20 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting with chocolate frosting.

Chocolate Frosting
recipe from Baked Perfection

For the Frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
6 cups confectioner's sugar
2/3 cup  cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream (or milk)
generous pinch of salt 

Cream the butter on medium speed until it is very light in texture, add salt and vanilla.  Slowly add the cocoa powder.  Add the confectioner's sugar alternating with the cream until the sugar and butter are blended and you reach the desired consistency.  Adjust the amount of cream as needed.