Sunday, February 17, 2013

Chocolate and Chocolate and more...Chocolate!!!!!!!!!






The Delicious-with-a-capital-C-for-Cupcake-Queen Elinor Klivans strikes again with her Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes! These little treats pack an ENORMOUS punch! Indeed, I am still crashing from my chocolate/sugar high after sampling just 1. Oh. And, ummmmmm, licking quite a bit of batter, filling, and mousse.....oops!!!
These are the perfect treat for a birthday gift, and baked especially at a birthday girl's request! I only hope my husband and I manage to save her 1/2 a dozen. (Or 1)

Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes
Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes


Cupcakes:
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water

Chocolate Fudge Topping
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 2 pieces
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling
3/4 cup of the Chocolate Fudge Topping at room temperature
1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules







Remove cupcakes from pan onto wire rack for cooling (about 20 minutes) With a verrrrry sharp knife, gently cut the tops from the cupcakes. Set the bottoms aside. Frost the tops with the chocolate fudge topping. Plop a spoonful of the mousse filling on each of the bottoms and EVER-SO-CAREFULLY place the frosted tops back on (Elinor recommends using a metal spatula for this step, but I used my fingers!) Put the cupcakes in the fridge for a bit until the mousse hardens/becomes firm.
If chocolate makes you all melty inside, these are a dream come true!!!!!! Exquisite.




Happy Birthday to ME !!!!!!!!
;-)

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