recipe | chocolate cupcake valentines

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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!

- 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

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,

16 comment(s) - I love hearing from you!:

  1. Mmmm, these look so good! I love the idea of the heart in powdered sugar :)

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

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

  4. These look delicious! Those hearts are so cute!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

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


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

  9. these look delightful! i need them all. asap.

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

  11. Love the powdered sugar hearts on top - so cute!

  12. 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 ;)

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


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