Friday, June 20, 2014

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream

Knock..knock..anybody home?Lol,wishful thinking by me since I abandoned this space a while back and didn't peep in for the longest time.In fact,the longest gap ever since I started writing this blog in 2008.The blog's birthday went unnoticed,so did my better half's birthday cake and our anniversary cake.Well,what was supposed to be a small break got stretched into 4 long months and I have absolutely no excuses for the silence,rest assured all's well:)

Thanks to every single one of you who wrote in to ask me if anything was wrong and have I stopped blogging,gasp!
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I haven't been baking much too,just the usual favorites when the baking bug strikes me bad.So just like the blog,the oven's been getting a long due rest as well.Not anymore,when blogging has resumed how can baking be left behind?I have a huge list of bookmarked recipes which would all find their way into the blog soon.I thought I'll start with something chocolate,what else!

The cupcakes are named Ultimate Chocolate cupcakes and I agree completely.Rich,dark,with a good dose of cocoa powder along with coffee,this cupcakes would make any chocolate lover go weak in their knees.The cupcakes taste great on their own but some coffee buttercream would make it more appealing.Since I made the cupcakes and frosting on a day the heat touched almost 44C,the frosting just wouldn't hold together,hence I've just dabbed it on top,you can try using different nozzles and make it look pretty! Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream
Recipe Source - Add a Pinch ;Baked as part of Fondbites,Bake Along

Ingredients

All-purpose flour – 1 cup
Granulated white sugar – 1 cup;I pulsed the sugar in my small mixie jar for about 2 seconds,just to break down the sugar crystals,it is an optional step though
Cocoa powder – 1/2 cup
Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Milk – 1/2 cup
Cooking oil – 1/4 cup
Egg – 1
Vanilla Extract – 1/2 teaspoon
Boiling strong black coffee – 1/2 cup - Mix a tsp of Instant coffee powder and 1/2 cup boiling water

Method

Pre-heat oven to 175 degree C. Line a 12 muffin tray with paper liners.
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Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder,
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baking soda and salt.
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Once sifted add sugar and whisk the dry ingredients.
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Into another bowl add egg, milk, oil and vanilla extract. Whisk it well until well blended.
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Pour the wet ingredients into the dry flour mixture and whisk it well until combined. You can use your electric beater for this.
Now add boiling black coffee and first beat slowly until it has incorporated well. Now increase the speed and beat for 2 to 3 minutes on medium high to incorporate air into the batter.
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Spoon the batter into the paper lined muffin trays and bake in pre-heated oven at 175 Degree C, for 20 to 25 minutes until the cupcakes have well risen and a tooth pick inserted into the center of one cupcake comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from the muffin tray once bearable to touch and let cool on wire rack until it comes down to room temperature.

Coffee Buttercream
 
Top thick film formed on boiled and cooled milk/Cream – 1 1/2 tablespoons
Icing sugar – 1 cup, sifted thrice
Butter – 1/2 cup, at room temperature
Instant coffee powder – 3/4 teaspoons
Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes For the buttercream: In a bowl take the cream and whisk well. Add icing sugar little at a time and whisk well until it is combined. Beat for a minute or so on medium speed. Now add the butter and instant coffee powder and beat until the butter has incorporated evenly and the buttercream has lightened and airy. This process will take 2 to 3 minutes on medium high speed. Buttercream is now ready to be frosted.

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Use a nozzle of your choice and pipe the frosting on top of the cupcake or just dab a tbsp of frosting on top and spread using a spatula.Dust the top with some cocoa powder.

The recipe is very similar(almost same)as the popular Hershey's Perfect Chocolate Cake,but uses half the recipe.Makes 12 cupcakes.
 

11 comments :

  1. Oh Divya, glad you are back! I genuinely missed seeing you in action. I must admit, I frequented your place every now and then to see if I missed some post or have you really no posted anything new :) Lovely comeback post. Pretty those cuppie cakes :)

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  2. good that u are back . thought u are busy with your new venture :D pretty liners and toppings

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  3. hello divya......happy to c u back in action......cup cakes r simply superb......keep posting...:)

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  4. Welcome back.. Awesome post after the gap

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  5. Lovely to see u back in action Divya... Keep rocking!!

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  6. Missed you Diya....I was checking almost every alternate day for your blogs...

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  7. Welcome back! Lovely cupcakes, sounds enticing with ice cream on top to beat the heat, what do you say?

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  8. Long time Divya. I was wondering where you went. Hope all is well. Delicious loking cupcakes. Nice way to celebrate a comeback.

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  9. Very happy to see you back here Divya.. It was a pleasure following your blog n trying your recipes..Used to peep in every other day to see if you are back in Active mode :)

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  10. They look simply fab Divya ...love ur cake posts they are really good :)

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Divya.

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