Thursday, February 9, 2012

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting


These cupcakes are all about the contrast – a rich chocolaty cake topped with a whipped cream frosting full of vanilla flavor.  Mmm, vanilla whipped cream…Ok, so I’m not going to lie.  I’m pretty sure the cupcake is being used purely as a vessel for the whipped cream topping.  It is just so vanilla-y and light, we can’t stop eating it. 

Ingredients
Cupcakes
1 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
heaping ½ cup cocoa powder
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Easy Ganache
¼ cup coconut milk
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Whipped Cream Frosting
1 ½ cups whipping cream
3 teaspoons vanilla
3 tablespoons sugar

Instructions
To make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350.  In a small bowl, mix coconut milk and apple cider vinegar together and set aside.  In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, instant coffee, cocoa powder, and sugars.  In a medium bowl, mix together coconut milk and vinegar mixture, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and almond extract.  Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until combined.  Scoop batter into lined muffin tin and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.  Once the muffins have cooled, make the easy ganache and dip the cupcake tops into it.  Once they have cooled again, make the whipped cream frosting and top the cupcakes. 

To make the easy ganache: Using a double boiler, or very carefully in a microwave, melt the chocolate chips with coconut milk.  Stir until smooth.

To make the whipped cream frosting: Using electric mixer, beat whipping cream, vanilla, and sugar until stiff peaks are formed.

13 comments:

  1. These chocolate cupcakes look so delicious!

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  2. I like the whipped cream frosting. I'm not a big fan of heavy frostings that over power a delicious cake.

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    1. we feel the same way about the heavy frostings!

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  3. Oooh-gansche and whipped cream topping-yum! Unique and tasty way to top a rich chocolate cupcake. I can completely understand the attraction to all that fluffy whipped cream. A light topping is a delicious change of pace from the heavier frostings. Well done!

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Jenn - I love what you have going on here! These cupcakes look like delicious little clouds, yum! I'm not a great fan of heavy, sugary frostings either, so your whipped cream frosting appeals greatly. Meanwhile, I am very curious about your 'easy ganache' - does it have a strong coconutty flavour?

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    1. thanks Amy! no, it actually doesn't have a strong coconutty flavor...it is quite subtle, or at least it is subtle with the whipped cream frosting lol

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  5. Oh, wow! Chocolate cupcakes with ganache AND whipped cream? Who could resist these????

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    1. Seriously... It's really all about the vanilla whipped cream though. That stuff is crazy good.

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  6. Yummy! Sorry first word that came to mind after seeing these decadent cupcakes :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  7. Oh my...that frosting looks so...so...SO...goood...

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