2/14/2011

#36 Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Happy Valentine's Day!

In honor of this heart felt holiday and because it's also that time of month for the Martha Stewart Cupcake Club I decided to kill two birds with one stone and did the chosen flavor chocolate chip cupcakes and topped them off with over sized conversation hearts made from pound cake. I have to say that they turned out pretty good. I was a little skeptical of the chocolate chips sinking but with the help of the flour coding they stayed in place perfectly. The dark chocolate frosting was amazing!!!! A perfect V-day pick. So grab your special Valentine and whip up a batch you wont be disappointed!

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes(courtesy of Martha Stewart)
This is the cupcake version of the cookies for sure! Coating the chocolate with flour really prevents the chips from sinking.

The Goods
3 1/4 cups plus 1tablespoon sifted cake flour
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter room temp
1 3/4 cups sugar
5 lg egg whites room temp
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used the mini ones)

The How To
Preheat oven to 350degrees. Whisk together 31/4 cups flour, baking powder, and salt then sit aside.


Stir together the milk and vanilla and sit aside.



Cream the butter in medium speed until smooth.





Add the sugar to the butter in a steady stream and beat until pale and fluffy.








Reduce speed to low and the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of the milk mixture, and beating until just combined. I totally forgot to take a picture of this step so on to the next step!!


In another bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form.








Fold one-third of the egg whites into the batter to lighten. The gently fold the remaining whites until just combined.


Looks like big blobs of marshmallows!! And FYI this isn't combined yet just wanted to show off the egg whites :)
Toss the chocolate chips with the remaining tablespoon of flour and gently fold into batter.



Had help from my little valentine



Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating halfway through, until a toothpick comes out clean about 17-20mins. transfer to wire rack to cool completely before removing cupcakes.






Make sure it's taste tested too!!!
While the cupcakes are cooling move onto the frosting.

Dark Chocolate Frosting

The Goods
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder (I subed the 2 tablespoons with the black chocolate powder I bought from King Aurthur's Flour)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter room temp
1/2 cup powder sugar
1lb semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
Pinch of salt

The How To
Mix the boiled water and cocoa powder and set aside to cool.





Melt the chocolate chips using a double boiler and set aside to cool.





After the chocolate has had time to cool mix together the butter, sugar and salt on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy.






Reduce speed to low and add the melted/cooled chocolate, beating until combined.






Looking good but not done yet
Beat in cocoa mixture.


MMMMM!!!
I found my frosting a little on the runny side so I put it in the fridge to thicken up a bit.

Now for the conversation hearts I baked up some pound cake. If you have time I would suggest doing this the day before.


yes I got a little lazy and used a box mix.


It reminded me of corn bread but without the corn ;)

After the cake has had time to cool cut out the heart shapes with a cookie cutter




Now you can either use store bought or homemade vanilla frosting. I used homemade and split it between 4 microwave safe bowls. Color the frosting I used pink, purple, and yellow. The red is for the lettering and will not be melted down.



Choose one bowl and microwave on defrost for 30seconds. The butter will look a little separated but stirring it a little will mix it back together. Don't over microwave it either or the top layer of the pound cake will come off while your dipping it. Be prepared for a mess but the outcome is worth it!!


Make sure to setup a wire rack over a cookie sheet.
After all the hearts have been dipped place in the fridge until the frosting has hardened  up. Once the frosting has hardened take the red frosting and pipe on the writing.





Now pull out the chocolate frosting and put a thick layer on top of the cooled cupcakes.


Now add the hearts to the top.



Now hand them out to your favorite valentine.




With the extras I topped them with hearts and chocolate sprinkles.


Enjoy!!
xoxo

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8 comments:

  1. Love the pics and the instructions to each pic! Nice Job and looks very yummy and pretty! :) Going to be posting mine later on today! Going to decorated them for Valentines Day too!!!

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  2. Your cupcakes came out beautiful! Your little helper is adorable! My son loves to bake with me in the kitchen too. :)

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  3. Thanks for the pick! Your valentine pound cake toppers are so sweet- remind me of the conversation hearts. Cake form is so much better.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  4. Love them and such a creative addition. Thanks for baking along.

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  5. awww thanks!!! I love baking along with you guys too :)

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  6. Your pictures are great! Kudos for you for being able to stay focussed on baking WHILE snapping photos!!

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  7. Love the pictures. I didn't get a chance to make the chocolate chip cupcakes this month, but your look great. I also LOVED the conversation hearts. What a great idea!

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