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February 8, 2012

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recipe | chocolate cupcake valentines

These pretty chocolate cupcakes are the most delicious cupcakes I’ve had (at least in a long time).  I don’t love icing, and I love dark chocolate.  They don’t have icing and taste like a mouthful of warm, fluffy dark chocolate.  Your kids can make these valentine treats for their classmates, you can bring them to your co-workers, or you can surprise someone special in your life.  They’re perfect for anyone!

Ingredients
– 1/2 cup cocoa powder
– 1 cup boiling hot water
– 1 1/3 cups sprouted spelt flour
– 2 tsp baking power
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
– 1 cup granulated white sugar
– 2 large eggs
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– powdered sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line muffin pan with paper liners (I used parchment paper, cut into squares).

In a small bowl stir until smooth the boiling hot water and the cocoa powder.  Let cool to room temperature.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Then in the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Beat in the vanilla extract.  Add the flour mixture and beat only until incorporated.  Then add the cooled cocoa mixture and stir until smooth.

Fill each muffin cup about two-thirds full (I used one regular muffin pan and one mini muffin pan) with batter and bake for about 16-20 minutes or until risen, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.  Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Using a stencil made from wax paper, sprinkle powdered sugar on top of cupcakes to decorate.

Recipe from Joy of Baking.

Have a blessed Wednesday, friends!

till tomorrow,
Rebecca

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  1. Melissa // thefauxmartha

    February 8th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Love the heart + chocolate!

  2. Kyla

    February 8th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Mmmm, these look so good! I love the idea of the heart in powdered sugar 🙂

  3. Robyn

    February 8th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    they look soooo good! i usually love giving people treats for valentines-not sure about this year though…

  4. Viviana

    February 8th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    These look SOOO good! I will have to try out this recipe!

  5. Amanda Genther // Simple Street

    February 8th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    These look amazing!

  6. Kate

    February 8th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    These look delicious! Those hearts are so cute!

  7. Kimberly

    February 8th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    The wax paper stencil idea is adorable, and I love the idea of that little bit of powdered sugar in lieu of frosting. Classy and cute to boot.

  8. Nikki Rappaport

    February 8th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    These look so good! Bookmarking!

  9. BeetleBuggy

    February 8th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I've been in awe of your blog ever since I stumbled onto it yesterday – it's so pretty! You have beautiful pictures to boot! These chocolate cupcakes look absolutely gorgeous with the heart powdered sugar, very cute!

  10. FI @ CLUSSSTER

    February 9th, 2012 at 2:43 am

    These look absolutely delish! I saw this going around pinterest and clicked over to you. OF COURSE. (had to be!)haha

    –Fi

  11. postcardsfromthebay

    February 9th, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Would taste much better if my husband baked them for me!!

  12. Emily @ Dashboard Diary

    February 9th, 2012 at 4:21 am

    these look delightful! i need them all. asap.

  13. lori

    February 9th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Don't you love when people pin you on Pinterest? I am going to!

  14. Gloria

    February 9th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Love the powdered sugar hearts on top – so cute!

  15. Nicole

    February 9th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    no need to buy an expensive cupcake stencil??! or even fancy liners? yay rebecca! thank you for a deliciously sweet idea that is almost free! i hope i can make these for a late valentines this month. and i loove how you mixed the little and big ones. it took me a while to figure out how you could make cupcakes in – what looked like – so many different sizes 😉

  16. alliespence.

    February 18th, 2012 at 12:29 am

    these are the cutest, most delicious looking things!
    yummy, love your blog and photo style!!

    http://alliespence.blogspot.com

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