Chocolate Cupcakes with Milk chocolate frosting

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Ingredients (Yields - 14 - 16 cupcakes):

Unsweetened natural cocoa powder -- ½ cup (42g)
All-purpose flour -- ¾ cup (95g) , spoon & leveled
Baking soda            -- ½ tsp
Baking powder      -- ¾ tsp
Salt                             --  ¼ tsp
Eggs                           -- 2 large
Granulated sugar -- ½ cup (100g)
Light brown sugar -- ½ cup (100g) packed
Vegetable oil          -- 1/3 cup (80ml)
Vanilla extract      -- 2 tsps
Buttermilk               -- ½ cup (120ml)

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Milk Chocolate Frosting:

Unsalted butter           -- 1 cup (230g) , softened to room temperature
Confectioners' sugar  -- 3 ½ cups (420g)
Unsweetened cocoa powder -- ½ cup (45g)
Salt                                    -- ½ tsp
Vanilla extract             -- 2 tsps
Heavy cream                -- 3 Tablespoons (45ml)

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Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla together until completely smooth.

Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then half of the buttermilk. Gently stir - about 5 stirs. Repeat with the remaining wet ingredients and buttermilk. Stir until *just* combined. Make sure that you do not overmix.

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The batter won't be very thick. Fill the cups only halfway to avoid spilling over the sides. Bake in batches for 18-19 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely before frosting.

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Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy - about 2 minutes.

Turn speed to LOW and slowly add 3 cups of confectioners' sugar, the cocoa powder, and salt. Beat until sugar/cocoa are absorbed into the butter, about 2 minutes.

Turn mixer to medium speed and add the vanilla and cream. Once added, turn the mixer to high speed and beat for 1 minute.

Add the remaining confectioners' sugar if you like to increase the frosting's thickness. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.

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Recipe Courtesy: Sally's Baking addiction