I need to save this great chocolate cupcakes recipe here, because the result was so good, I’m barely holding myself not to finish the whole dozen in one sitting 🙂 The texture is so spongy and rich, and moist that I even regret wasting my time on the frosting. I could totally have them naked and enjoy the original taste. So here we go.
I used the original recipe from food network – Chocolate cupcakes with burnt orange marshmallows – but I had to make a few alterations according to my pantry plus I had no interest in the marshmallow topping.
Ingredients (yield 18 cupcakes):
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup milk + 1 table spoon of vinegar
- 3/4 cup warm coffee
- almost 1/4 cup vegetable oil + 2 table spoons warmed coconut oil
- 1 large egg
Warm up the oven till 350F.
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. In the other bowl pour milk and add the vinegar and let it sit for about 5 minutes, so it’ll become buttermilk. Whenever the recipe says “buttermilk” – I just make my own with this trick instead of running to the nearest store. Milk is always in the fridge, buttermilk is not so lucky.
After milk got the lumps and new texture, add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix with a whisk. Make a well in dry mixture, add the wet one while whisking till incorporated. The batter is going to be a little liquidy but it’s totally fine. Spray the tin with cooking spray or use the paper liners and fill each cup on 2/3 with the batter.
Original recipe states to bake it for 10-12 minutes till the toothpick comes out dry. It took me 15-18 minutes to finish them depending on the thickness of the tin and level or the oven rack. So I recommend to set 10 minutes at first and then do the toothpick test adding 2 minutes each time until the cupcakes are ready.
I made chocolate cream cheese frosting to top them, and in this case it was a total waste of time and effort. Alya was my sous-shef and taster as well. She completely approved the easiness of the recipe and the incredible taste of the product. We both recommend 🙂