Sunday, July 11, 2010

Recipe of the Week - Cayenne Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes

Week 52

This recipe comes from SheKnows Food & Recipes by Diana de Cicco.  She gives some interesting cupcake baking tips and several unique recipes.  You know I love chocolate so I am linking to the Cayenne Spiced Chocolate Cupcake recipe.  There is also a Citrus Glazed Rosemary Cupcake that I would love to try.  

Cayenne spiced chocolate cupcakes

2 1/2 cups flour 
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder 
2 cups granulated sugar 
3 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 
1 1/4 teaspoons salt 
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper  
2 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk 
1 3/4 cups lowfat milk 
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
1 1/4 cups warm water 

Frosting: 1 pound semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped 
6 tablespoons cocoa powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste 
6 tablespoons boiling water 
1-1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 
Pinch of salt 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners. Combine flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cayenne in a bowl. Beat eggs, yolk, milk, oil, vanilla and water into flour mixture until fully combined. 

Pour batter into prepared muffin tins and bake 20 to 25 minutes checking frequently after 18 minutes. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting. 

To make frosting, heat chocolate over a double boiler until fully melted. Set aside to let cool slightly. Stir together cocoa powder, baking soda, cayenne, and boiling water. In a separate bowl, beat butter with sugar and salt until fluffy. Beat in melted chocolate and cocoa mixture until fully combined. Spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes.

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