Monday, June 21, 2010

HCB - Chocolate Butter Cupcakes (rewind)

e Heavenly Cake Bakers made these cupcakes a couple weeks ago. It was the weekend of my return from vacationing overseas which meant that even if I wanted to bake, I really shouldn't until I was completely over my jetlag. This week, the HCBers are making a coconut cheesecake and since I'm allergic to coconut, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to rewind and try out this chocolate cupcake recipe. Since there is no frosting specified for it, or at least, not that I saw, I decided to use up leftover Chocolate Cream Cheese frosting I had in my freezer (it's a frosting I concocted a while back, while trying to come up with an alternative to "regular" cream cheese frosting).



The batter looked super chocolaty and was satiny smooth.



Bon appetit!

Final thoughts/tips:
  • Hubby and I enjoyed these cupcakes. They're tender, with lots of chocolate flavor (a little too chocolaty for hubby), although we found them to be a tad dry. This surprised me a bit because I had substituted 2 Tbsp of butter with canola oil to avoid just that. Oh well... they're still super tasty.
  • To enhance the chocolate flavor, I added 1 tsp of instant espresso powder by Mediaglia d'Oro.
  • Since I planned on taking these cupcakes to work, I made them slightly smaller and ended with 20 instead of 16.

15 comments:

  1. Love the piping Hanaa. Looks fancy!

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  2. Very pretty design! Frosting sounds delicious. I'll remember your concoction.

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  3. Chocolate and coffee.. the perfect combination, you just CANNOT GO WRONG with that pairing! I have to second Jenn.. on your piping skills!

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  4. Love your creative piping, Hanaa--
    beautiful!

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  5. Thank you very much for your nice comments. The funny thing is that I got tired of piping stars on each cupcake, that I just swirled the frosting on top and quickly topped it with 3 shells :o)

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  6. looks fabulous!! ps: i'll email you the recipe u wanted probably end of the week as this week i'll be home every night at 10pm after seminar..

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  7. oh sad day!! I just love coconut..and yes I am no longer riding the HCB wave. But am trying to keep in touch with the great friends I made there. Lovely cupcakes.

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  8. Hanaa, gorgeous cupcakes! Love your shells over the swirls. Beautiful as always!

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  9. so pretty...welcome back Hanaa!

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  10. Beautiful piping! The look delicious!

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  11. ב''ה

    Looks great! Interesting idea with the oil. Do you usually find that its helps with dryness?

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  12. Thank you all for stopping by. I very much appreciate your comments :o)

    @Mendy: yes, I usually sub some of the butter with oil and find the outcome a bit more moist than with butter alone. Try it and let me know what you think.

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  13. Chocolate! These look yummy and lovely. Baking when sleep deprived rarely ends well so I think you made the right choice!

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  14. Love your site...And these cupcakes are just amazing!

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  15. Great piping! I hope I can copy it. My shells leave a lot to be desired!

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