Chocolate Cupcakes - Ideas for decorating, making and designing gourmet cupcakes and so much more!!
Any chocoholic will tell you that there is something quite blissful about biting into a well baked chocolate cupcake. This decadent dessert can be sweet, rich, and elegant. It can be perfect for a party or event, or just a day at home when you want to treat your family to the dessert.
Chocolate cupcakes are not hard to make either. There are a number of different recipes you can use, depending on how rich or chocolaty you want them to be. Whether you bake them from scratch or use a boxed recipe, then you are sure to create a cupcake that everyone will love.
Keep in mind that your cupcakes do not have to be plain chocolate. Feel free to experiment with other flavors like mint or cherry to create an even more decadent treat. In addition, adding chocolate chips or kisses within the batter, will create a molten chocolate explosion that will just make them more decadent.
Chocolate Cupcake Recipes
Two favorites that continue to be excellent choices are German chocolate or devil's food cake. If you do not enjoy coconut, keep in mind that you do not have to use it even if you decide to bake German chocolate cake. You can also add pecans or walnut to either mix to add a bit of crunchy flavor to your cupcakes.
If you already have a favorite cake recipe, all you have to do is adjust the bake time slightly to meet the needs of cupcakes. These smaller desserts do not need to be baked as long, and you can expect them to only need to bake for around twenty minutes. Until you are used to baking them, however, be sure to keep a close eye on them as they cook.
To get you started, here is a simple recipe. You will need approximately four ounces of baking chocolate. You will need to melt this in a sauce pan over medium heat. Further ingredients include the following: two cups of flour, two cups of sugar, a half a cup of shortening, two eggs, three quarters a cup of water, three quarters a cup of milk, and a teaspoon of vanilla. If you use all-purpose flour instead of self rising, you will also need baking powder and salt.
All you will need to do is mix the ingredients in a bowl with an electric mixer until the batter is smooth. Fill each lined cup of the pan just over halfway with the batter. Then, you will need to bake them from twenty to thirty minutes at 350 degrees.