Devil’s Food Cupcakes

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Every once in a while, a girl needs some chocolate…  These devil’s food cupcakes with chocolate ganache really hit the spot.  They are incredibly rich in taste, but light in texture.  Because I am not a choco-holic, and chocolate icing on chocolate cake is a little too much for me–I used cream cheese icing for some of the cupcakes.



Recipe- Chocolate Ganache
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 c. heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter
Chop chocolate and place into a glass bowl.  Bring the heavy cream and sugar just to a boil in a small sauce pan.  Pour over the chopped chocolate.  Whisk together, and then stir in butter until melted.  Dip the tops of the cooled cupcakes in the warm ganache. Let set.
I then piped some left over cream cheese icing onto the cupcakes.
Get creative! Enjoy!


Devil’s Food Cupcakes
Author: Vallery
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 6 oz. butter
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 and 1/2 c. cake flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Place rack in the middle of the oven.  Whisk together boiling water and cocoa. Cover and set aside.
  2. With a mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Continue creaming until light and fluffy.
  4. Sift together the cake flour, baking soda, and baking powder.  Add to the mixture, alternately with the buttermilk.
  5. Add the cocoa/water mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.  Scoop into cupcake pans and bake for 20-25 minutes (until a toothpick inserted deep into the middle comes out clean).
  6. Let cupcakes cool completely before decorating. Prepare the chocolate ganache. (Recipe Abo

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I am a lawyer-turned-baker. 
I left my 9-5 office job because I wanted to create recipes, videos, and most of all—Bake! I won the Great American Baking Show, and my debut cookbook Life Is What You Bake It contains some of the winning recipes! My motto is simple: When life gives you lemons, make lemon curd. We have the power to turn tart situations into sweet ones, and it’s my mission to teach people how.



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