As I previously mentioned, I am trying to post one recipe per month and today it is definitely the right time for the spooky cupcakes I baked for my halloween-birthday party!
-for 24 cupcakes:
1/3 cup of chocolate
1 1/2 cups of coffee
3 cups of sugar
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 cups of cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup of canola oil
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
-for the swiss buttercream frosting:
1 cup of sugar
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups of butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
I know it seems like a lot of ingredients but it is actually very easy to make.
Pour the hot coffee over the chocolate, wait and mix until you get a smooth texture.
In the meantime combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl: sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Beat the eggs for three minutes or more until they become all nice and yellow. Also make sure they are room temperature! This seems to be common knowledge in baking, if you know why please let me know.
Slowly add the canola oil, buttermilk and vanilla extract to the eggs. If you can't find buttermilk
because you live on the most useless mountain on earth you can make your own in 10 minutes by mixing lemon juice, yogurt and milk; or by over-whipping cream for 20 minutes... the first method is better, trust me.
Then add the coffee + chocolate cream to the mix, and lastly the dry ingredients.
Prepare your paper liners and pour 1 tablespoon of dough in each one, insert the Oreos
because we are fancy like that! and cover with more dough until the liners are almost full. These babies don't raise much with the cookie in there, so don't worry too much. I told you they were pretty easy to make after all.
Put them in the oven for 25 minutes at 150°C and that is where the magic happens.
One thing I like about this specific recipe is that the final product is actually almost black. The other chocolate recipes I tried in the past have been quite disappointing, especially those with only cocoa powder. Is it too much to ask for chocolate cupcakes to look like actual dark chocolate? If the price for this wish to come true is to add three different chocolates to it: be it!So once you have your purrrfect cupcakes it's time to decorate them *yayyy*!!
I decided to try this super-fancy swiss buttercream and give calories a chance to impress me
as if they needed that.
Start by mixing the sugar and the egg whites in a bowl over a pot of boiling water. Don't let it touch the water, it doesn't have to come to a boil, but the heat helps the sugar to mix a lot easier.
Remove the bowl and add the softened butter a little bit at a time. When it reaches the texture of a typical buttercream frosting add the food colouring and the vanilla.
I need to point out that mine did not reach the "typical buttercream texture" BUT i could still build it up without it being too runny, and it tasted very nice! I like to think that the "messy" look just added more spookyness, a "yeah I totally planned to do that u.u" sort of thing ahahah