Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie 16: Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes



Chocolate-Chocolate cupcakes? A fantastic choice of recipe by Clara of I Heart Food 4 Thought. I suppose you're thinking 'chocolate cupcakes? boring!', but it's such a perfect morsel to eat. I love a chocolate cupcake topped with chocolate frosting- no fancy mixes of flavours; just pure chocolatey goodness. I'm one of those people who never find a chocolate cake too rich- not that this cupcake was rich, it was actually quite light with a fine crumb. I didn't have very high expectations for this cupcake recipe as I had read a lot of bad reviews on it. Maybe it's got something to do with being on the other side of the world, but this recipe worked for me- in a big way. S was over the moon with the results. He has even gone as far as to say that this is the best cupcake he has ever eaten. While I'm not sure I agree with him, it is delicious.



This cupcake recipe called for a ganache style topping, which is something I don't really ever use. I am an Italian buttercream girl through and through (though I have been having trouble with it lately?). I do think that this topping (melted chocolate, butter and icing sugar) works well with the cupcake- nice and simple. Some people said their cupcakes turned out really dry, so I kept a close eye on my cupcakes while they were baking. I can't be certain, but I think I took them out about 5-8 minutes earlier than Dorie recommends. I suppose it depends on so many factors: oven temperature differences, how much you fill up the case, how much your flour absorbs liquids... I'm quite relieved mine turned out so well on the first go. The recipe made 12 cupcakes exactly and I froze 6 (with topping on), so I will be VERY interested to see how that goes. I am aprehensive, but Dorie said it was fine so I guess we will see. One thing I found is that the cupcake does dry out quite quickly- they are definitely best eaten on the day they are made (didn't stop S though did it?).

When I first started Tuesdays with Dorie, I could never wait until it was time to bake the next recipe. These days it's hard to find the time! I'm going on holidays soon so i'll be baking like mad in the next week or so, so that I can still post on Tuesdays while I'm away.

Don't forget to check out all the other Tuesdays with Dorie posts!


13 comments:

Chantelle said...

I'd give anything for a little mouthful now.

They look delicious. Perfectly choclatey. x

NQN said...

They look gorgeous with perfect lighting and styling! Just lovely Bria :)

chocolatechic said...

They look fabulous.

I love Italian Buttercream too.

Jamie said...

They look so tasty! I was not a huge fan of the ganache, I love me some buttercream!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your cupcakes look lovely! I love your pretty pearl decorations. Well done!

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Yours look super delicious and wonderfully chocolatey.

Engineer Baker said...

Those look wonderful, and it sounds like they were a hit. Let us know how the freezing goes - I'm always afraid of doing that!

Carol Peterman said...

I'll have some of yours, mine were dry. Beautifully decorated and photographed!

Barbara said...

Oh, these are so simple and beautiful! I'm glad the recipe worked out for you -- it did for me, too.

Bria said...

Thanks everyone! I'm looking forward to making these again... maybe with some variations for a change though.

Engineer Baker: My bf has been eating the defrosted cupcakes (with icing on) and he thinks they are fine. They arent as soft as freshly baked ones but they hold up ok.

CB said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the last one showing the crumb. Glad you and S enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for baking with me this week!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Teanna said...

Those pictures are gorgeous! And I'm glad someone was over the moon about these!!!

Beth said...

I'm a fellow TWD baker, and I was thinking that it would be nice if we all could chip in and get Laurie some small token/gift for all the work she does. Would you be willing to contribute? If I can get enough people, it would only be about $1 per person. No pressure :-) Let me know! bethberg12@yahoo.com