Donna Hay's Double Chocolate Cupcakes


Donna Hay's Double Chocolate Cupcakes
was rather hesitant to post this at first coz i think its really nothing special. well, its just cupcakes! but this recipe is so good i just hv to share.

Donna Hay's Double Chocolate Cupcakes
oh-so-chocolatey, omg! i can confidently say this is by far the BEST chocolate cake i've ever made. the combination of valrhona's cocoa powder and 55% equatoriale is just potent. lately my cakes hv turned out very soft, moist & fluffy and i'm really happy about it. not sure if its coz of the good recipes or that i've begun using double acting baking powder. basically double acting baking powder rises two times, once is when liquid is added and once more during contact with heat so it makes your bakes rise more.

Donna Hay's Double Chocolate Cupcakes
and guys, you shd really try sprinkling fleur de sel on the frosting if you haven't already tried, it's really good and much better than using sugar sprinkles or fondant (duh). fleur de sel tastes sweet and doesn't dissolve even when heated so you'll be able to taste the crunch of the salt crystals. beautiful.

ingredients (makes 12) :
125g salted butter, softened
1 cup plain flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1.5 tsp double-acting baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g dark chocolate, melted
for the chocolate buttercream frosting :
250g butter, softened
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 cup milk

directions :
1. in a bowl, sift together plain flour, cocoa powder & baking powder.
2. in another bowl, whisk together butter, sugar & vanilla extract for about 10-12 mins until pale and creamy. add in eggs one at a time and beat until well combined.
3. add in milk and flour mixture alternately in 3 additions, mixing well in between each addition.
4. fold in melted chocolate thoroughly.
5. fill cake mixture in cupcake liners until about 2/3 full. bake in a preheated oven of 160C for 20 mins or until a wooden skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. leave to cool on wire rack.
6. to make the chocolate buttercream frosting, whisk the butter in bowl for about 6-8 mins until pale and creamy.
7. add the icing sugar, cocoa powder and milk and whisk for another 6 mins until fluffy and creamy. pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.

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  1. Anthony Nguyen3:20 AM

    Hey, awesome site you have here! I love the musical choices that you have as well, huge fan of the bossa nova/jazz genre!

  2. Ashley Betz4:31 AM

    Could you tell me the brand name and where you go to pick up your liners?.. I see those all the time and have no idea where to buy them

  3. bossacafez5:46 AM

    the brand's 'solo' and they're called paper souffle cups. you shd be able to find them at your baking supplies store.

  4. bossacafez5:46 AM

    thank you, glad you like the music.

  5. Anonymous7:09 AM

    These cupcakes look delicious!! I can't wait to try them! I am just waiting for you to add the sugar amount in the cupcake batter :)

  6. bossacafez7:14 AM

    oops my bad. amended :p

  7. Xiaolu H8:33 AM

    I love your styling with the ribbon.  As usual, you've managed to make something "ordinary" look amazing.  What tip did you use to frost these?  All those folds of frosting are really mouth-watering.

  8. bossacafez8:35 AM

    thx, i thought this kinda swirls look rather ordinary. i used wilton 1G tip :)

  9. felicia9:33 AM

    havent made cupcakes in forever.
    this reminds me about my 2 donna hay books that i havent touched in ages.
    can imagine how awesome this is with the valrhona.
    love the pictures btw!

  10. Darlene12:47 PM

    You are seriously making me hungry.  Great shots!

  11. Anne's Kitchen4:28 PM

    Loving your photos! Very nice food styling, and I bet they taste grat too!

  12. bossacafez5:58 AM

    donna hay is good, so far i've tried tons of her recipes (both from the mag & classics book 2) and they all never fail to impress.

  13. bossacafez5:58 AM

    thank you everyone for the comments and retweets :)

  14. Hi thank you for posting this recipe, the cuppies look so tempting and who doesn't love a moist, lush chocolate cake? I tried baking it last night and so glad it's a keeper!  Please continue to share your good cuppie recipes as I'm a novice baker, need lots of practice before I can attempt other more sophisticated treats you posted 8-)  Great blog, Great Shots and Simply Divine Taste!

  15. Amrita2:30 AM

    You're photographs are beautiful and the cupcakes look absolutely sinful!


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