Raise Your Glass To High Hat Chocolate Cupcakes

If you have friends who are addicted to chocolate, serving this might backfire. Once they catch sight of these beauties, they will flock towards the bearer of the treats and fight over every piece. My friends, I swear, are the most chocolate hungry crowd that I have ever met! But then again, it’s the reason why they’re my friends! I like to make a double batch of these yummy cupcakes for obvious reasons.

Our friend over at the Brown Eyed Baker has this to say about this recipe:

“These cupcakes always remind me of going to the local soft serve stand as a kid; one of their most popular options was the chocolate-dipped cone. If you replace the cupcake bottom with a cake cone, it’s exactly what those treats looked like.”

Oh my goodness, yes! That’s how they exactly look like except your cupcake recipe tastes a whole lot better. They’re really cute though, aren’t they? My niece loves them so much and tells me they look like “tiny mushroom warriors”, whatever they are. Well, she always devours at least two of these tiny mushroom warriors!

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

3 ounces Trader Joe’s bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

⅓ cup Dutch-processed Hershey’s cocoa powder

¾ cup hot coffee

¾ cup Gold Medal bread flour

¾ cup Domino granulated sugar

½ teaspoon Morton salt

½ teaspoon Clabber Girl baking soda

6 tablespoons Wesson vegetable oil

2 Eggland’s eggs

2 teaspoons Heinz white vinegar

1 teaspoon McCormick vanilla extract

For the Frosting:

1¼ cups Domino granulated sugar

3 egg whites (Eggland’s), at room temperature

¼ cup water

¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

1½ teaspoons McCormick vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Coating:

12 ounces Hershey’s semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

3 tablespoons Wesson vegetable oil

Instructions

Make the Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard-size muffin pan with liners. Place the chopped chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Pour the hot coffee over the mixture and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate mixture for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.

Whisk the oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla extract into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Add the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.

Divide the batter evenly between the muffin pan cups. Bake until the cupcakes are set and just firm to the touch, 17 to 19 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the pan and place on the wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

Make the Frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together the sugar, egg whites, water and cream of tartar. Set the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and whisk until sugar is dissolved and the mixture reaches 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Transfer the bowl to a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and beat on high speed until the frosting forms stiff peaks, about 12 to 16 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

Transfer the frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch round decorating tip (Use an Ateco #808 tip). Pipe a high swirl of frosting onto the top of each cupcake. Transfer the cupcakes to a baking sheet and refrigerate while preparing the chocolate coating.

Make the Chocolate Coating: Combine the chocolate and oil in a medium heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water and stir until melted and smooth. Transfer to a small (deep) bowl, and cool to room temperature.

Holding each cupcake by its bottom, quickly dip each cupcake into the chocolate to coat the frosting, and place on a wire rack. Let the cupcakes stand at room temperature 15 minutes, then refrigerate for 30 minutes uncovered. Place in a covered container and refrigerate 2 additional hours before serving.

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Quick Tip: Cupcakes can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Thanks again to Brown Eyed Baker for this amazing recipe.