Chocolate Poopy Cakes

The other title for this post is 'The Best Chocolate Cupcakes' - but, let's be honest, that's probably not the first thing that came to your mind when you saw this photograph, is it? This is the result of a craving and laziness.

I don't believe I've ever craved chocolate cupcakes before - I'm much more of a vanilla cake girl - but the craving struck, hard. After a little research, I decided on this recipe and started measuring, baking and cooling. When it came to the icing, my round nozzle was conveniently already attached to my piping bag - so I used that.

Once I admired my handy work, there was no denying the results : I'd made poopy cakes.
The lesson? It's worth spending the extra few minutes searching for your star shaped nozzle before piping chocolate icing. 

Poopiness aside, these really are pretty darn good cupcakes - moist and light, with a crumb that holds together - I'll definitely be filing this as my go-to recipe. 

Recipe adapted from here.

100g  finely chopped
⅓ cup cocoa powder
¾ cup hot coffee
¾ cup cake flour
¾ cup caster sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the chocolate icing:
125g softened butter
1/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups icing sugar

1/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a standard-size muffin pan with cupacke liners. Place the chopped chocolate and cocoa powder in a sized bowl, pour the hot coffee over the mixture and whisk until smooth. Allow to cool slightly before using.

Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl.

Add the oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla into the chocolate mixture and mix until smooth. Add the flour mixture to this and beat until smooth.

Divide the batter evenly between the muffin pan cups. Bake until cooked, 17 to 19 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

To make the icing, beat the butter until pale yellow and fluffy. Sift the cocoa and icing sugar, then add to the butter. Beat until combined and smooth, gradually adding the milk until it reaches your desired consistency.


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