Chocolate Cupcakes For Two.
As in the two most delicious chocolate cupcakes you have ever had. And the perfect way to start the…
Valentine’s Day Celebration Blog Event!!
So before we get to the cupcakes, I would like to cordially invite you to Crunchy Creamy Sweet’s Valentine’s Day Celebration Blog Event!!!
I have been working all of January to bring you the ultimate Valentine’s Day Chocolate Experience. I invited some of my favorite food blogger friends to bring their sweet treats and they have been working really hard in their own kitchens. It’s going to be 14 days of amazing desserts and some surprises (i.e. a giveaway or two) along the way!
Are you ready?
Throw the confetti! Pop the bubbly! Let’s celebrate the biggest chocolate holiday of the year!!!!
And let’s start with cupcakes!
Can I just say it took me about a dozen tries to get them just like I wanted? Yep, a dozen times. I tried many different recipes for just two cupcakes but none of them were what I wanted. My goal was to make two of the best chocolate cupcakes we have ever had and that they would be easy to make to boot. I wanted them big and tall. I wanted them so utterly chocolatey – it would make you weak in your knees!
And… I got them!
I started with Faith’s recipe and went from there. I doubled the ingredients to get more height. I added vinegar, which may seem strange to you, but I promise it has it’s purpose here. You won’t taste it a bit but it magically gives the crumb the rich chocolate slightly reddish color. Love it! If you are using the regular Dutch-processed cocoa powder ( that doesn’t have the acidity ) instead the all natural cocoa powder, it will also help activate the baking soda. Baking soda needs something acidic to react in your recipe. I also added some melted chocolate to the batter. More chocolate is always a good thing.
Oh, and guess what? They are vegan! No egg here so if you are avoiding them, can’t have them or simply run out of them – you can still have the best chocolate cupcake ever. Do I get a high five?
So the cupcakes were absolute perfection. Made momma proud. But we are going all in here. After all, we are making a special treat for you and your loved one to enjoy, so why stop there? Let’s add a surprise inside!
Pink cream cheese filling to balance the richness of the frosting-cupcake combo. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of softened cream cheese with pink gel food coloring and a teaspoon of heavy cream and fill your cupcakes. And it looks pretty too!
Now, can we talk about this frosting for a moment? This frosting is THE BEST chocolate frosting your taste buds will have the pleasure tasting. Forget the confectioners’ sugar and butter kind. This one is not only the easiest to make but the most amazing in taste. The only way to go when you are making a special treat for the Valentine’s Day or any celebration that calls for chocolate indulgence.
Not a bad start to our event, huh?
To see my photo tutorial on making sugar hearts, click here.
Check out the second post of the event: Chocolate Ganache Heart Cake!
Come back tomorrow for another amazing treat! In the meantime, you can follow our Pinterest board where you will find all the treats from the event!