Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

I am going to let ya'll in on a little secret.  I have always hated chocolate cake.  There I said it...  Growing up, my mother was the world's biggest chocoholic.  She loved all things chocolate but my sister and I just couldn't get on board.  At least not on board with chocolate cake or ice cream...  Brownies were okay, as was candy. 

These days, I have found that I like GOOD chocolate cake.  I've shared that one of my favorites is from Barefoot Contessa -- who's surprised that Ina can make anything delicious???  But today I want to share my favorite chocolate CUPcake recipe.  And how I made it even better :)

Aren't they pretty?  Wait till you see what I did to these...

I filled them up with CREAM!  I was baking these cupcakes for a friend the other day.  She only needed a dozen but if I'm baking, I might as well make two dozen and have some for my family, right?  I'm sure you would do the same...  I was also baking a key lime pie for her and I had some left over whipped cream from that.  Inspiration struck!  And now I'm sharing it with you!



I sifted together cake flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.


I creamed butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Then I added the eggs and vanilla and beat it until it was a beautiful golden batter.



To this I added about a third of the dry ingredients I had sifted together.



And mixed it until it was just blended.  Then I added half of the water.



I continued alternating until everything was mixed together into this gorgeous batter.


I divided it between the cupcake liners and placed them into the oven to bake until done.


I iced these with a basic vanilla buttercream.  And threw a few sprinkles on some.  These were the dozen packed up for delivery.


And these were all for me...  I mean, my family...  :)  I filled them with whipped cream that I had blended with gelatin to make sure it would hold up well.  I made it just like my Bourbon Whipped Cream but I replaced the bourbon with water.


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My Favorite Chocolate Cupcakes, adapted from Betty Crocker

2 1/2 c cake flour, sifted
2/3 c cocoa
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 2/3 c sugar
3/4 c butter, softened
1 1/4 c water
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs, room temperature

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line muffin tins with cupcake liners for 24-30 cupcakes.

Sift together the dry ingredients other than sugar -- the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt -- set aside.  In the bowl of your mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and eggs and mix until well incorporated.  Alternate mixing in the dry ingredients and the water, mixing until just blended after each addition.

13 comments:

  1. Those look to pretty to eat! I'm sure they're delicious! Thanks for linking up with us!

    Marie
    mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  2. The photos of the cupcakes are gorgeous! I love the way you have done the icing too :)

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  3. I've always used the Cream-Filled Cupcakes recipe on Allrecipes.com, but I love your idea to use whipped cream! These look killer - yum!

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  4. Yum-O! I will use this recipe, for sure!

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  5. Looks delish.

    Thanks for sharing with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

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  6. These look beautiful! I tend to go for yellow cake over chocolate, too, but these look nice and moist. Plus, the frosting looks amazing... Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  7. I haven't met a cupcake I didn't like. It looks really wonderful.

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  8. These look delicious! One question... could you share your recipe for "basic vanilla buttercream"? I can bake up a storm, but for whatever reason, I can't ever get the icing right. Regardless of how much confectioner's sugar I add in, I can never get icing thick/sturdy-enough to pipe. If I refrigerate it for a while, it'll pipe fine and hold it's shape for about 30 minutes, but after that, it just goes back to being a massive blob of icing instead of a pretty, swirled pattern. I've tried "fixing" store-bought icing with confectioner's sugar and cream cheese and I've tried every recipe I can find out in cyberspace as well as from my friends/family for homemade buttercream, but none of them stand up to piping for more than 30 minutes. Any help would be greatly appreciated! txtechdesigngirl@gmail.com

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  9. Hi Jenn,
    What an awesome cupcake with that wonderful creamy center. It is so pretty! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. these look delicious!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Plus there is a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  11. I've been craving cupcakes lately, but it's been so hot that I don't dare to turn n my oven....hoping the cooler weather will come soon.

    Thank you for sharing it at Foodie Wednesday. Hope to see you there today with another great recipe.

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  12. These fabulous cupcakes are being featured at Bake with Bizzy, right now. Come on over.

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