So I did some tinkering from another recipe I use quite a bit and came out with perfect, fool proof, soft, delicious chocolate cupcakes.
They're awesome. Served them at my daughter's 4th birthday party and they were a smashing success....
Here's her cupcakes from last year...
BTW you should check out those cookies from her party....some of my faves.
Anyway.....it's my go to recipe now...
Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes
2 cups All Purpose Flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 c dark cocoa powder (or just a really good cocoa powder if you can't get a hold of a dark one)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp good pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup strong black coffee
Preheat oven to 350.
Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, set aside.
In an electric mixer, beat eggs, sour cream, oil, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and beat till well mixed. SLOWLY add the coffee in a slow drizzle.
Fill your cupcake tin with your paper liners....this makes a little over 2 dozen.
Pour even amounts of batter into liners.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. OR basically until you jiggle them and they don't jiggle back. Let cool on wire rack. Then remove them from the tin and let them cool COMPLETELY before you frost them. There is nothing more irritating than melty frosting.
Speaking of....I just used a plain 'ol buttercream for these. Any buttercream will work.
And there you go. For this weeks version I used these beautiful cupcake liners from Bake it Pretty. And topped them with licorice wheels I got at Candy House.
My daughter had her own version of decorating her dozen....
I went with "Halloween" .....she went with "use all the sprinkles!" but I think they're cute...I KNOW they're delicious. :)