Sunday, April 4, 2010

Recipe of the Week - One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes

Week 38

As far back as I can remember my Easter basket was filled with chocolate!   Chocolate is the flavor of Easter to me.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.  Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth - about 3 minutes.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups - filling each 2/3 full. Bake 18-20 minutes (check frequently after 15 minutes).  Cool completely before frosting.
Chocolate Sour-Cream Frosting
4 cups confectioner's sugar - sifted
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
12 ounces cream cheese - room temperature
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter - room temperature
18 ounces bittersweet chocolate - melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups sour cream
Sift together confectioner's sugar, cocoa & salt.  With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy.  Gradually add sugar mixture.  Mix in melted and cooled chocolate and then sour cream.  Frost your cupcakes!

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