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Day 339 – Classic Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

5 Jul

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting (recipe below from Sally’s Baking Addiction).  Is there anything about that title that doesn’t sound enjoyable?  Nope!  I didn’t think so!!

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are fairly dense and moderately sticky. The look like devil’s food, but they don’t have that texture or taste. They taste almost exactly like Hershey’s syrup, but in cupcake form. Strong chocolate flavor. A little dark, but not bitter, and not too sweet either.

Vanilla-Buttercream

The frosting is very smooth and creamy, but still fairly thick. It has a sweet, creamy vanilla flavor. Not overly sugary. The heavy cream does a nice job of cutting through the sugar, and giving it a creamier flavor and texture.

Chocolate-Vanilla-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Vanilla

The cupcake brings out the sugar in the frosting. It’s a little like a hot fudge sundae. The frosting is very sweet with a strong vanilla flavor while the cupcake has that darker Hershey syrup flavor. They go together, I’m just surprised at what they brought out of each other.

Chocolate-Vanilla-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4.5
  • TOTAL: 19

Mini-Chocolate-Vanilla-top

RECIPE

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting (recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup (64g) unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)
  • 3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk

Vanilla Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 4-5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • salt, to taste

For directions visit Sally’s Baking Addiction.

*Tomorrow: Lemon-Raspberry Cupcakes*

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