The Best Chocolate Cupcakes

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The Best Chocolate Cupcakes uses quality ingredients in this fancy but easy desserts recipe idea. This chocolate cupcakes recipe underwent extensive testing to get it just right. Each ingredient was tested to make sure that worked best. With ingredients like bittersweet chocolate, Dutch process cocoa, espresso powder, brown sugar and vanilla extract to name a few. For starters, when it comes to the chocolate used in this best dessert recipes ever you want to make sure to use good quality bittersweet chocolate and Dutch-process cocoa powder to give this recipe a rich chocolate flavor you will love. The Dutch-process cocoa works differently on a chemical level when compared to regular natural cocoa. You can find good quality Dutch cocoas at many gourmet food stores, like Whole Foods, Sur La Table, and Williams-Sonoma. You can also order a big container on Amazon because at a great value.

The frosting recipe for these cupcakes used melted chocolate for the most intense and pure chocolate flavor possible. The frosting recipe calls for semisweet chocolate, but you can feel free to use milk or dark chocolate. It’s up to you. For the fat in this easy and delicious dessert cupcake, vegetable oil was used over melted butter. Vegetable oil was chosen over butter because it creates an ultra moist texture and open, slightly spongy cupcake crumb which is perfect for these chocolate cupcakes. You can also use melted coconut oil instead of vegetable oil if you prefer. The cupcake recipe calls for hot water and espresso powder as it helps to dissolve and bloom the cocoa powder to bring out as much flavor with as few cocoa lumps as possible. The espresso enhances the chocolate flavor without being able to taste the coffee flavor. Alternatively, you could use hot coffee for the same effect. For the sugar used in the chocolate cupcakes granulated sugar was initially used in the recipe, and then brown sugar was tested. The resulting chocolate cupcakes were moist, flavourful, and slightly chewy. The leavener took quite a bit of testing back and forth to come up with what was thought to work best. Both baking soda and baking powder were used. Then both were used together in the recipe, and that is when the cupcakes rose to a nice height when they were baking then fell and collapsed a bit when they were cooled. So that was a bit too much leavener. In the end, baking soda was used which proved to be more effective then baking powder, but vinegar had to be added to the recipe. For tall and light cupcakes, there needs to be enough leavening, and baking soda and vinegar seems to do the trick. The addition of sour cream in the cupcake recipe adds such a nice richness and balance of flavor to the cupcake recipe, so that is also included.

It goes to show that baking is a science and recipe are often the perfect combinations of ingredients that will get the recipe just the way you want it. Of course, some people will prefer some ingredients over others, and that can be just a matter of adjustment, from using dark chocolate over milk chocolate to achieve the best chocolate cupcakes. Thank you to Tessa at the Handle The Heat recipe site for sharing this easy and delicious dessert for the best chocolate cupcakes. This is just one of the fancy but easy desserts you will find on the site. You will also find the best dessert recipes ever, appetizer recipes, cheesecake recipes, snack recipes, vegan recipes, Mexican recipes, healthy recipes, chicken recipes, bread recipes and more. *

Nutrition Facts for: The Best Chocolate Cupcakes from Handle the Heat
Ingredients: Bittersweet chocolate, Dutch-process chocolate, instant espresso powder, water, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, salt, baking soda, sour cream, vegetable oil, eggs, white vinegar, vanilla extract, unsalted butter, semi-sweet chocolate.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 12 servings.* Per Serving: Calories 411, Calories from Fat 238, Total Fat 26.5g 41%, Saturated Fat 14.9g 75%, Cholesterol 81mg 27%, Sodium 300mg 13%, Potassium 204mg 6%, Carbohydrates 39.7g 13%, Dietary Fiber 1.8g 7%, Sugars 29.3g, Protein 5.6g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 7%, Iron 9%

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