Chocolate and Licorice CupcakesFebruary 13, 2009 at 10:42 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 22 Comments
Tags: chocolate, licorice
Hallelujah! Its finally Friday!
Its about freaking time! This week seemed to drag for me. Maybe its because I was anticipating the long weekend? *shrugs
I usually spend my Friday nights hanging out with hubs. Sometimes we’ll eat out. Sometimes we’ll eat in. I prefer to eat out. Hubs prefers to eat in. But my little brother (he’s 17 and ALOT taller than me but he’ll always be baby to me) called me last week to see if he could come over tonight so I could teach him how to bake cupcakes for his “friendgirl”. So we ate in. Bacon cheeseburgers. Onion rings. Cherry coke. Just in case you were wondering… (Hey don’t judge me! Friday calories don’t count right?)
Wait! I got sidetracked by burger talk. Friendgirl? Don’t you mean girlfriend?
Nope. Its friendgirl. Friendgirl must be a new term. Its more serious than just dating but not as committed as girlfriend. Whatever you say bro. Either way. I couldn’t pass up the chance to see my little brother AND bake cupcakes so that’s how I spent my Friday night.
When it came to flavor he knew exactly what he wanted. Friendgirl’s favorite candy is chocolate covered red licorice. Um eeewww? I know I said black licorice in my previous post but I guess I was mistaken. It suppose to be red. It doesn’t matter either way. The combination sounds narsty to me. Needless to say I was skeptical. But little brother wouldn’t budge. Not even for red velvet. He wanted chocolate licorice.
What was my husband’s contribution? The name. Chizzler. Get it? Chocolate + twizzler.
I am not making that up. It was either Chizzler or Chocorice.
My husband thinks he’s so funny. But he’s not.
Please stop laughing. You’ll only egg him on.
Recipe adapted from Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski
Makes about 12 cupcakes
For chocolate cupcakes
2/3 cup AP flour
2-1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey)
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used Ghiradelli chocolate baking chips)
1/2 cup + 3 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
For red licorice buttercream
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups powder sugar, sifted
2 tbsp milk (I used half-and-half instead)
1/2 tsp cherry oil
To make chocolate cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare pan with cupcake liners.
In a bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over simmering water in a saucepan. Stir frequently until melted, about 5 minutes. Remove bowl from saucepan and let cool to room temperature, about 10-15 minutes.
Stir in the sugar until combined. Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined. Then add vanilla extract. Gradually add flour mixture and fold into chocolate mixture. Try not to overmix.
Fill the cupcake liners about 1/2-2/3 full. Bake for about 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before frost.
To make licorice buttercream—
In a stand mixer fitted with flat beater, cream the butter. Gradually add powder sugar and stir to combine. Add milk and cherry oil. Beat until smooth.
[NOTES: I wanted the frosting to be a bright red so I added some red food coloring too.]
Frost cupcakes with a Wilton 1M piping tip. Garnish with sprinkles.
Husband rating: N/A
Hubs doesn’t like licorice so he passed.
Wifey rating: A
The chocolate cupcake was moist and extra chocolate-y from the cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate. I have to admit the frosting really does taste like red licorice. I am not a huge fan of licorice but if you are, then you’ll love it!
Other rating: A+
Little brother isn’t a huge dessert person (gasp!) but he raved about this cupcake. “It totally works Clara! I told you so!” He was pretty excited to give it to friendgirl tomorrow. Isn’t young love so cute?
Updated 2/15/09: My brother sent me a text message: “She said it was the most delicious thing ever. I got major friendboy points!”
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