On our first valentines day, when Nate and I were still in the beginning stages of dating/getting to know each other, he surprised me at work with a four pack of Kara's cupcakes - filled with peanut butter/chocolate, vanilla/chocolate, chocolate velvet, and vanilla/vanilla. He sure knew the way to this girl's heart! Since then, cupcakes have always had a special place for us on valentines day.
For this Valentine's day, I'd like to share with you a very delicious recipe and video on how to make a decadent chocolate cupcake!
Recipe adapted from Ina Garten
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup strong, freshly brewed coffee
2 eggs @ room temperature
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Preheat your oven to 350º F. Combine your wet ingredients (buttermilk, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla) in a bowl. In your mixer bowl (separate) combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, baking powder) and mix on low speed for a minute. Then slowly pour in the wet ingredients bowl, adding to the dry mix in the mixer bowl. Let it come together (don't overmix) and add the coffee. Fill a cupcake pan with liners and transfer the batter into a measuring cup or pitcher for easy pouring. Fill the liner cups 3/4 or 2/3 the way up and bake for 13-16 minutes. Toothpick test the cupcakes and if they're done (toothpick comes out clean) let them cook for 10 minutes before applying frosting. Enjoy and don't forget to share this video!
*makes 2 dozen cupcakes
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Enjoy and Wishing you a Happy Valentines day!