Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

This beauties will blow your mind! They are out of this world!!!! I have a friend that just had her little baby and I was looking for a special treat for her and OF COURSE, I went to my favorite food blog "annie's eats" and after browsing all her cupcakes, many of them I have already made, but some how I was driven by this chocolate seduction... let me tell ya, I wasn't disappointed, actually I feel like I was rewarded!

Yield: about 32 cupcakes

- For the cupcakes:
¾ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
¾ cup hot water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1¼ tsp. coarse salt
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
2¼ cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream, at room temperature

- For the ganache filling:
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup plus 2 tbsp. heavy cream
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces, at room temperature

- For the frosting:
14 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
9 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
9 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
6 tbsp. unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup plus 2 tbsp. sour cream

- For the chocolate curls:
Large block of high-quality semi- or bittersweet chocolate


To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line standard cupcake pans with paper liners. In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and hot water until smooth. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine the butter and the sugar over medium heat. Heat, stirring occasionally to combine, until the butter is melted. Remove the mixture from the heat and transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium-low speed, 4-5 minutes, until the mixture is cooled. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed and beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla and then the cocoa mixture and beat until incorporated. With the mixer on low speed add in the dry ingredients in two batches, alternating with the sour cream, beating just until combined.

Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners, filling them about ¾ of the way full. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, rotating the pans halfway through baking. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the ganache, place the chopped chocolate in a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and pour over the chopped chocolate. Let stand about 1 minute. With a whisk, gently stir the chocolate and cream together in small circles. When the ganache has become smooth, whisk in the butter 1 piece at a time until incorporated. Transfer the bowl to the freezer or refrigerator to chill and thicken the ganache a bit. Whisk every 5-10 minutes to help it cool evenly. Once the mixture is slightly thickened and no longer runny, you are ready to fill the cupcakes.

To assemble the cupcakes, cut a cone out of the center of each cupcake with a small paring knife. Cut off the pointed end of the cone and discard (or eat) so you are left with a cap of cake to cover the filling. Drop a spoonful of ganache into the center of each cupcake and recover the hole with the cap.

To make the frosting, melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Set aside to cool until just barely warm. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Gradually mix in the confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Beat in the melted and cooled chocolate and then the sour cream. Continue beating until the mixture is smooth and well blended. Frost cupcakes immediately.

To make the chocolate curls, warm the block of chocolate just slightly (heat in 5-second intervals in the microwave - be careful not to melt). Use a vegetable peeler to create chocolate curls. Top cupcakes with curls immediately. Reheat chocolate as needed to keep it workable.

As you can tell by the pictures, I wasn't able to conquer the curls, they most likely look like chocolate shavings. It takes a little practice and the right kind of chocolate to get those lovely curls!

Source: Recipe Courtesy of Annie's Eats.


Pilarh said...

Suena exquisito, te quedaron preciosos además... creo que podrían ser una opción para el cumple de mi esposo. said...

Muchachita por Dios con este cupcake te ganaste el premio
Que delicia
Quiero invitarte a visitar
Ella es chilena blog de cocina y vive en Atlanda
El blog tiene muchas recetas y muy ricas

Cool Chic Style Fashion said...

Una vera delizia di cioccolato, molto belli
complimenti mi piace
un abbraccio a tutti voi xoxox said...

vengo a visitarte y invitarte para que visites a una compatriota chilena y cocinera que vive en Atlanta
Tiene un blog lleno de recetas con sabor chileno
besos que disfrutes de un hermoso fin de semana con la famili

The Shulls said...

Angelica! Hola amiga, he estado media desaparecida de estos lados cibreneticos pero ya me estoy poniendo al dia! Estuve viendo rapidito el link que me enviaste de tu amiga de Atlanta, ahora en un ratito lo veo con mas calma. Las recetas se ven bien ricas!!

Stefania! Ciao! Ringrazia l'amico! Un bacio per voi anche!

Pilar! No te vas a arrepentir, son demasiado exquisitos!!!

Claudia Varleta said...

Que ricos cupcakes, me encantó que sean rellenos y con harto chocolate que es mi adicción.

sol said...

Me encantó que fueran de triple chocolate, se ven exquisitos!

The Shulls said...

el que tuvieran tanto chocolate fue mi inspiracion para hacer esta receta... son demasiado decadentes!!! con un vaso heladito de leche... hummmm, como se los explico chicas!!