Friday, February 4, 2011

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

The weather in Dallas has been crazy the past few days, which has prompted me to do some baking to keep busy.  We had an ice storm at the beginning of the week followed by 5 inches of snow last night!  I actually baked these cupcakes for a coworker's birthday today, but she wasn't able to make it into the office and then the office closed about an hour after I had arrived.  Somehow, those of us who made it into the office managed to eat a dozen cupcakes between 8:15 and 9:00 a.m., but I still have another dozen to eat over the weekend.  I'll probably have to come up with something else to bring for the birthday girl on Monday!  These cupcakes were super moist and the frosting was divine.  Don't skimp on the coffee - you will not taste it in the baked cupcakes and it really does enhance the chocolate flavor.  I especially liked how the cupcake ingredients are all just dumped into a bowl and mixed together, making these super quick to whip up.
CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Adapted from Paula Deen

YIELD - 24 CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS - CUPCAKES
8 ounces sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup strong brewed coffee
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs

INGREDIENTS - FROSTING
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces butter, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with 24 cupcake liners.

2. For the cupcakes - in a large bowl, combine all the cupcake ingredients. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Divide batter among the 24 cupcake liners. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans and let cool completely on wire racks.

3. For the frosting - place the cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds.  Add the cocoa powder and vanilla and mix until combined.  Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing after each cup is added.  Once ingredients are combined, beat on medium speed for 2 minutes until frosting is light and fluffy. Pipe or spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes.

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