POPSUGAR Food

Summer Reading: Cupcakes!

Aug 6 2007 - 4:03pm


There are loads of books out there dedicated to the lovely cupcake [1]. In fact, it seems like you can barely walk into the cookbook aisle without being bombarded by at least 10 cupcakes smiling back at you (and yes I said smiling, because we all know, cupcakes don't really scowl). And while there are some really fantastic cupcake books to choose from, today I thought I'd tell you about Cupcakes! [2] by Elinor Klivans. Filled with gorgeous photography and perfectly moist and delicious recipes, this book will have you racing to the kitchen to whip up a batch before you can even say paper liner. With easy to follow recipes, the hardest part will be deciding what to bake first! My biggest complaint with the book is that I really wished there was a photograph for each recipe. Some of the techniques seem straightforward, but a picture example would have been great. Also, I should mention that this book has had some mixed customer reviews on Amazon [3]. Seems that a bunch of folks have had problems with the basic chocolate cupcake recipe. However, I've made them several times (as have friends who don't have as much baking experience) and have not experienced that problem. Have any of you tried this book, and if so, have you run into any problems? If you haven't, and you're curious about the recipe, then be sure to check out this one for two-layer Chocolate-Covered Chocolate Cupcakes [4] (with or without mint). I thought they came out wonderfully moist and perfectly sinful. To get the recipe,

Jimmy Only Likes Chocolate Cupcakes
Barely adapted from Chocolate-Covered Mint Meltaway Cupcakes in Cupcakes by Elinor Klivans [5] (a highly recommend book!)

These measurements should make 28-32 normal sized cupcakes.


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For Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes
6 oz unsweetened chocolate - chopped
2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter - at room temp
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 cup water


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For Chocolate Fudge Filling
1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
4 tbsp unsalted butter (1/2 stick) - cut into pieces
18 oz (3 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For Chocolate Fudge Glaze
2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
5 tbsp unsalted butter - cut into pieces
7 1/2 tbsp light corn syrup
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cinnamon schnapps - *see note

Make the Fudge Filling

Make the Cupcakes

Make Glaze - sorry no pics, but it's really similar to the filling steps

Cupcake Assembly

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