Monday, February 7, 2011

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Meringue Frosting

I borrowed a mini cupcake pan from a friend and decided I needed to make cupcakes! So I started my search for a delicious recipe and found this one by El at Her blog is so beautiful and these cupcakes were no exception. 

I decided to do an experiment - try half of the recipe with white flour and half with wheat flour and see if I could tell a difference -- verdict is no. So go for wheat flour!!

Secondly I thought that these cupcakes were so rich so it might be nice to add something fresh to them to kind of make them my own. I decided to dice up strawberries and sprinkled them into a meringue and put that on top of the cupcakes. That was divine! Like a chocolate strawberry shortcake! I also made that meringue with honey, to see if the natural sugar was still good. You could taste the honey a little in the meringue, but I found if you toasted the meringue once on the cupcakes, the honey flavor wasn't overpowering.

I also made a chocolate meringue frosting and a white chocolate meringue frosting. They were all delicious. These were both very yummy. Much like a mousse. I especially enjoyed the chocolate frosting. I felt the texture was very yummy and it was extremely chocolaty. In my pictures I accidentally flattened my white chocolate meringue so it doesn't look as fluffy, but originally it was fluffy. I just learned don't beat the meringue when you add the chocolate. Fold it in! Otherwise, all fluffiness leaves!

Ultimate Dark Chocolate Cupcakes 
Makes:50 mini cupcakes

1/2 cup plus 2 tsp. cocoa powder
1 cup plus 2 tbs. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cups (whole wheat) all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
12 tbs. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2.  Mix milk and cocoa powder together in pan. Heat gently until well blended. Mixture should be warm but not hot. Turn off heat. Add vanilla and stir.Whisk remaining dry ingredients together and set aside.
  3. Beat butter in bowl fitted with paddle at medium high speed about 35 seconds. Scrape down bowl. Gradually sprinkle in sugar; beat until white and fluffy 3-5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time beating a full minute after each addition. Scape down bowl.
  4. With mixer on lowest speed add 1/3 dry ingredients mix until almost incorporated. Add 1/3 chocolate mixture mix until almost incorporated. Repeat process until ingredients are added. Be sure to scrape down bowl. Beat until mixture looks satiny about 15 seconds.
  5. Line cupcake tin. Fill 3/4 full of batter. Bake for 20 minutes.(For mini cupcakes, bake for about 13 minutes) Allow to cool before frosting.

Chocolate Meringue Frosting 
Makes: enough to frost 24 cupcakes

2 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tarter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
3 oz semi sweet chocolate
1 tbsp heavy whipping cream (could probably just use milk)
  1. Separate the egg whites and put into a bowl add the cream of tarter and vanilla. Beat until frothy. 
  2. Add sugar slowly and beat until soft peaks form (they may never quite get there.. if not as long as really soft peaks form). 
  3. Melt the chocolate (best way is in a double broiler) and add the heavy whipping cream. Allow the chocolate to cool a little. 
  4. Fold in the meringue till combined and smooth. 
  5. Put a dollop onto each cupcake. 

White Chocolate Meringue Frosting
Makes: enough for 24 mini cupcakes

2 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tarter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 tsp sugar
2 oz white chocolate (or vanilla almond bark)
  1. Separate the egg whites into a bowl. Add cream of tarter and vanilla extract. 
  2. Beat till frothy
  3. Slowly add in the sugar beating between each addition
  4. Beat till forms soft peaks
  5. Melt the chocolate, let cool slightly
  6. Fold the chocolate into the meringue till combined and smooth. 
  7. Top cupcakes with frosting.
Strawberry Honey Meringue
Makes: enough for about 24 mini cupcakes

2 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tarter
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 tsp honey
7 strawberries, diced
  1. Separate the egg whites into a bowl, add the cream of tarter and vanilla. Beat until frothy. 
  2. Add the honey slowly, beating between each addition until soft peaks form. 
  3. Add diced strawberries and fold in, then top cupcakes with the frosting.
  4. If desired, broil the tips of the frosting to toast the meringue.


Robbie and Ashlee said...

mmmm... those look SO yummy! now I want cupcakes...

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Joanna said...

The chocolate frosting was insane. I'm totally stealing your recipe for it!