There is nothing devilish about them apart from the calories perhaps, but at least they dont pretend unlike some other food items which look quite innocent but pack loads of calories. Now thats what I would call devilish! These cupcakes can only be called delicious, yummy, superb and other such adjectives.
This is my first Sweet Punch and we had to make Devil’s food cupcakes with a vanilla cream filling and the frosting was optional. I halved the given recipe and omitted the frosting. I thoroughly enjoyed making these cupcakes, although I did have my share of misfortune. I attempted to make them 2 weeks back and the end result was not what I wanted. They did taste absolutely fantastic but I could not get them out of the muffin tin and retain their shape. Those pieces were used in an impromptu pudding, drizzled with some custard and that was tasty! Having tasted them I could not help but try again and this time I was smart enough to use cupcake cases.
This recipe was from Baking Bites, a blog which I follow quite ardently.
Devil’s food cupcakes
For the cupcake
- 1/4 cup Butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup All purpose flour
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 2-3 tblsp sour cream (I used Crème fraiche)
- 2-3 tblsp Cocoa powder
- 30 gm Dark Chocolate
- 1/2 cup boiling water
For the Vanilla Cream filling
- 1.5 tbsp All purpose flour
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
For the cupcakes:
Pre heat the oven to 180 deg C. Grease & line (with cupcake cases) a 12 cup muffin pan.
Sieve together the flour, baking soda and salt and keep it aside.
Cream together the butter and the sugar until pale & fluffy. Beat in the egg and whisk some more.
Add half the flour mixture and mix properly. Add in the sour cream and vanilla extract and mix.
Add the remaining flour and combine thoroughly.
Add the cocoa powder and dark chocolate to the boiling water and stir well. Add this mixture to the batter and combine well.
Spoon the batter into the prepared tin. Bake in the pre heated oven for about 20 min until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake comes out clean.
Let the cupcakes cool in the tin for sometime and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the Vanilla cream filling:
Whisk together the milk and the all purpose flour and cook this in a non stick saucepan on low heat. Keep stirring to prevent the formation of lumps till the mixture thickens like custard. This will hardly take 4-5 minutes. At this point, transfer it to a bowl straining through a fine mesh, cover with Clingfilm and allow it cool completely.
Once the above has cooled, cream together the butter and sugar till fluffy. Add the milk & flour mixture and beat well for about 5-7 minutes. The end result should be very light & fluffy. Spoon this into a Icing bag or use a zip lock bag with the corner cut off.
To fill the cupcakes:
Take a cooled cupcake and using a small sharp knife, start scoring the top of the cake into a circle just inside of the edges. Cut off a cone shape in this manner giving you a cavity in the cupcake. Cut off the pointy edge of the cone to give you a disc shape, keep aside. Repeat this with all the cupcakes.
Now, fill in the cavities of the cupcakes with the vanilla cream filling and then top each of the cupcake with the disc of cake to keep the filling in place.
Chocolate Butter cream Frosting (I skipped this)
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2-3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and beat, with an electric mixer, until frosting is creamy, 3-5 minutes. Add additional powdered sugar as needed to achieve a thick, but not stiff, frosting that is easy to spread. Add additional milk, if necessary, to thin the frosting if it gets too thick.
Cover the cupcakes with the above frosting.
My Notes: This was a great experience. The cupcakes were very soft and chocolaty, just the way we like them. We didn't miss the frosting at all.
I had to bake the cakes for a longer time (20 min) than specified in the recipe (13-15 min). I have done all the whisking and beating by hand on this occasion as I was baking at night & didn't want to wake my daughter up, although even I made quite a racket. But the point is it turned out quite well even without the electric mixer.