Day 115 – Delightful Devil’s Food Cupcakes

23 Nov

I don’t know about you, but I need a little fun to get this weekend rolling!  A fun book: Lost in the Funhouse: the Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman by Bill Zehme.  And, of course, some fun cupcakes to go with it.  These Delightful Devil’s Food Cupcakes (recipe below from Kitchen Wench) should get us going.

Chocolate-Cupcake2

The cake is dense, but not tough, with just the right amount of moist-ness.  It tastes exactly like Devil’s Food should taste. Sweet chocolate flavor, somewhere between milk and semisweet.

Minis-pan

Note: The minis were an epic disaster (see pic).  They baked unevenly and full of holes. They tasted fine, or, well, at least the pieces I got out tasted fine…

Chocolate-Cupcake filled

The filling whipped cream texture. Easy to pipe into the center.  It tastes like whipped cream kicked up a notch. It’s a little bit sweeter with a little vanilla. Very yummy. I may or may not have eaten spoonfuls out of the bowl…

Chocolate-Frosting

The frosting is very thick, even without using the full amount of powdered sugar.  It has a bit of the dark chocolate flavor, but it’s sweet, so you lose all bitterness. It’s very nice!

Devils-Food-Cupcake

These are really yummy! The chocolates complement each other very nicely. And the sweet whipped filling adds just a little something different to break them up. It’s also not as overly-sweet as you might anticipate, which is nice.

Devils-food-halved

Notes:  I feel like you can’t overdo the filling, especially since it’s the only non-chocolate piece. Next time I might actually core the center and fill, instead of just piping into the full cupcake. The recipe also calls for Double Cream, which is not readily available in the US. After lots of research, I discovered that the closest we have is Heavy Whipping Cream. I used Land-o-lakes cause it’s of rich fat content. And, trust me, I was NOT disappointed in the results.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4.5 (between the filling and the frosting)
  • Overall Taste: 4.5
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 2 (nothing is overly challenging, they’re just very time-consuming)
  • TOTAL: 19.5

RECIPE

Delightful Devil’s Food Cupcake (recipe from Kitchen Wench)

Cupcake ingredients
140g good quality dark chocolate, melted
2 cups cake flour (though it works perfectly well with plain / all-purpose flour as well)
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 1/2 tsp baking soda / bicarb soda
4 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
120g unsalted butter, diced and at room temperature
360g caster sugar

OPTIONAL:
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup water

Cream filling ingredients
1 cup double cream (45% fat)
1/2 vanilla pod or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp caster sugar

Chocolate buttercream ingredients
250g unsalted butter, diced and at room temperature
60g dark chocolate, melted
3 tbsp cocoa powder
6 tbsp milk
6-8 cups icing sugar / icing mixture (depends on how stiff you like your icing)

For directions visit Kitchen Wench.

*Tomorrow: Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Cupcakes*

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