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Monday, January 13, 2014

Chocolate Cupcakes: The. Best. Ever.

The Best-Ever Chocolate Cupcakes: One bowl, no mixer! -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Are you constantly coming up with ideas so fabulous that you slap yourself on the forehead, and say, "OMG, I am BRILLIANT!" 

Nah, me either. 

Not usually, anyway.

But I did have a good idea that led me to make the Best. Chocolate. Cupcakes. Ever. 

The Best-Ever Chocolate Cupcakes: One bowl, no mixer! -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We were going to my cousin's house for Thanksgiving, and I was bringing dessert. I already planned to bring my Mini Pumpkin Pecan Cups, but I wanted to bring something chocolate, too.  

I was looking through my Thanksgiving dessert folder, and came across one of my favorite cake recipes...Chocolate Harvest Cake...which I clipped out of Better Homes and Gardens seven years ago. It's a moist chocolate layer cake, with pumpkin cream cheese filling in the middle, and chocolate glaze on the top.

The Best-Ever Chocolate Cupcakes: One bowl, no mixer! -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I really wanted to make it because, as you can see from the scribbled note at the top of the recipe, it is excellent and easy.  But we were only going to be 8 people, so bringing a big cake, along with all the other desserts, would be wasteful. 

Oh, barnacles. (I cannot believe I have stooped so low as to quote SpongeBob SquarePants on my blog). I had to find something else.

But then, I thought, what if I used the cake recipe, and made it as cupcakes? I could use the chocolate glaze topping as the frosting!  I slapped myself on the forehead, and said, "Brilliant!" 

Ouch, that hurt.

I thought they were pretty fabulous.

Moist. Dense. Not overly sweet. 

The Best-Ever Chocolate Cupcakes: One bowl, no mixer! -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

So, yes, I brought them to Thanksgiving dinner. And then, I got this text from my cousin Jerry...

So you see, it's not just me saying they're the "Best Ever." 

If I haven't sold you on them yet, perhaps this will convince you...

One bowl.
No mixer.

The glaze is just as effortless; I think my dog Sadie could make it. Heat some cream, and add some chopped chocolate. Stir. 

Since Thanksgiving, I've made these a couple of times, because they don't take much longer to whip up than a box of cupcake mix, and they are oh-so-much-better. 

The Best-Ever Chocolate Cupcakes: One bowl, no mixer! -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
Yield: approximately 30 cupcakes

1 cup buttermilk
1 cup water
2/3 cup cooking oil
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


3/4 cup whipping cream
6 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Place paper liners in muffin tins; set aside.

To make cake, combine buttermilk, water, cooking oil, sugar, eggs, baking soda, and salt in extra large bowl. Using a large wire whisk, whisk until well combined. Add flour and cocoa powder; whisk vigorously until smooth. Fill muffin tins.

Bake for 12-18 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly touched in center. Oven times vary, so please check accordingly.

Cool completely in muffin tins on wire rack.

To make glaze, in a saucepan, bring whipping cream just to boiling over medium-high heat. Add chocolate (do not stir). Let stand 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Cool 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Spoon carefully over cupcakes. If desired, chill in refrigerator until set.

The Best-Ever Chocolate Cupcakes: One bowl, no mixer! -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Yup, these have become my "go to" cupcakes. 

In fact, I'm gonna "go to" get one right now.


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  1. Yum! I love chocolate so this recipe looks like a winner. I also love easy. Thanks for sharing this. I may have to get the ingredients to make this. I haven't made a new dessert in a long time.

    1. I know a chocolate cupcake is a chocolate cupcake, but these really are good! I like to make them and freeze half without icing, and then take them out when I need them. Hope you try them, Kelly!

  2. Well, you have to trust a recommendation like that! I am saving this recipe and hoping to get our oven situation solved here soon- xo Diana

    1. Yes, save it Diana, it will be worth it. It's so easy your grand-kids can make it! I must have missed the problem with your oven...hope it gets resolved soon!

  3. Oh yes these do look delicious!! I love the topping. Heavy cream and chocolate. I told my readers, "congrats, you just made ganache" on a recipe last year because people don't realize how easy it is too make! Pinning these bad boys now. And I need some chocolate immediately.

    1. I know, a fancy word for something so easy! These really won't disappoint, Claire! Thanks for the pin.

  4. O.K. - those look and sound like winners indeed!!! Amen to "brilliant"!!!! I'm bookmarking this one for sure. Thanks Amy!

  5. Amy, LOVE the fact that these chocolate bundles of joy are so EASY!! I am making these ASAP! Of course, the coloured sprinkles are just TOO cute and they always take me back to my childhood, and school bake sales. Your chocolate cupcakes are definitely a ''go to'' recipe and for that, you go girl!


    1. Simple, Poppy, simple! I thought about other toppings, but these sprinkles definitely popped!

  6. Replies
    1. It was really hard not to devour them while no one was looking!

  7. Dear Amy, If these cupcakes taste as good as they look!!! I cannot make them~~Iol I will eat them all!!!
    I love chocolate and these look terrific! Blessings dear. Catherine xo

    1. I can promise you that they do taste as good as they look, Catherine! I know what you mean - I had a hard time resisting them. Thankfully, my husband and son ate a bunch for me!

  8. O.M.G. These look insanely delicious! I must make these! Thank you for sharing....ahhh I cannot wait to bite into one ^_^


    1. Hey, Tammy, yes, they are insane! So much better than ordinary cupcakes!

  9. I'm going to keep the recipe for my dad's birthday! Hope I'll get the same text as you after!

  10. I must have those cupcakes. Yum! We love cupcakes in this house.

  11. I always end up here at the wrong time. Now there is NO chocolate in the house at this moment, need I say more. UGH. Somebody help me stop the cravings, lol....

    1. Sorry, Deb! Don't mean to keep driving you crazy, LOL! Now go buy some chocolate and make them!

  12. Amy, these are truly incredible. :D I can totally see why they are called "best ever"! I really like that they aren't overly sweet (my husband says really sweet things "make his fillings ring", lol) and I love to bake with buttermilk, so these are PINNED to make! Thank you so much for sharing them at Treasure Box Tuesday! ♥

    1. Thanks, Joy! Your husband and his fillings should be happy with these! :)

  13. Sounds wonderful! I make the old fashioned chocolate cake from the Hershey's Cocoa label. This sounds really similar - with those ingredients you just can't go wrong. I love the portion control aspect of cupcakes too. :)

    1. I swear that the best recipes sometimes come from the product labels. These are the most moist (moistest?) cupcakes I've ever had.

  14. oh man, now i really want a chocolate cupcake. those chocolate cupcakes! AH! they look so good :)

    1. They really are SO good, Angela! Hope you got your chocolate fix somehow!

  15. Replies
    1. Amy, I will feature these tomorrow at Home Sweet Home! I am a sucker for a great chocolate recipe made with cocoa!

  16. Thank God I don't live close to you Amy - that's all I'm going to say - really - oh and that I'd probably be able to eat a dozen of these in one sitting
    LOVE your dog's name - is she a married lady?
    Off to pin - thanks!

  17. These look A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!! And so easy to make! I have to try them!
    My only question is, could I use this recipe to make cake pops?

    1. I'm so glad you are going to try them! I have never made cake pops, so I don't really know if this recipe works for that. It is a dense, moist cake, and the icing is a ganache, so it is kind of drippy, although it does harden somewhat when you put the cupcakes in the fridge. Sorry I can't answer that definitively for you!


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