Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hello, Cupcake!

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This cupcake has been described as the best cupcake ever!

Better than any at Cupcake Royale.

Better than any at Trophy Cupcake.

Better than any made from a box mix - oh, please, don't go there.

A plate of cupcakes for my mom & dad. 
A box of cupcakes for two very sweet tweens.
Cupcakes qualify as breakfast food, don't you think?

This is one of the fabulous recipes in

Every cupcake that I have made from this collection has been FABULOUS!

Martha Stewart's Devil's Food Cupcakes

3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
3/4 cup hot water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together cocoa and hot water until smooth. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Melt butter with sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Remove from heat, and pour into a mixing bowl. With an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat until mixture is cooled, 4 to 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add vanilla, then cocoa mixture, and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the sour cream, and beating until just combined after each.

Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three- quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool 15 minutes; turn out cupcakes onto racks and let cool completely. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.

To finish, use a small offset spatula to spread cupcakes with frosting. Refrigerate up to 3 days in airtight containers; bring to room temperature and garnish with chocolate curls just before serving.

Basic Buttercream Frosting
Makes 6 cups (enough to frost one 8-inch layer cake or 32 cupcakes)

6 sticks unsalted butter, softened
9 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Beat butter and 3 cups sugar with a mixer on medium speed until combined. Reduce speed to medium-low, and continue to beat, gradually adding remaining 6 cups sugar, 1 cup at a time. Raise speed to medium-high; add vanilla. Beat until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes more.

Have you had a cupcake today?


1 comment:

  1. Sounds sooo yummy! I will have to try this out! Thanks for stopping by my blog!


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