Whip up a batch of rich chocolate cupcakes topped with lick-the-spoon worthy icing. Decorate them with sprinkles, if you can resist the urge to eat them right away.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tsp. unsweetened natural cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. sugar
1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 6-cup standard-size muffin tin with paper or foil liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vanilla and 1/2 cup sugar. Add 1/3 of flour mixture to mayonnaise mixture, then stir in 1/2 cup water. Fold in remaining flour mixture, stirring until batter is smooth. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin and bake until cupcakes are firm, 20 minutes. Let cupcakes cool completely in muffin tin.
Combine heavy cream, remaining 1 Tbsp. sugar and remaining cocoa powder and whip with an electric mixer on high speed until cream just holds stiff peaks. Top each cupcake with whipped cream and serve.
Honestly I made these because I accidentally bought mini chips and mayo that I didn't need. The cupcakes were a little dense.. there's a reason for adding eggs! I might try using a mini muffin pan next time. I loved the frosting. A keeper. It was easy peasy and delicious with very little sugar.
So good...a few changes I made: using sifted soft white-wheat flour, activating the cocoa by heating it with the mayonnaise (this was before I realized that water is added), and making a chocolate cream cheese frosting instead of whipped cream. Even with the whole-grain flour they were fall-apart moist and tender, and the chocolate chips (tossed with flour before adding to keep them from sinking) put them over the top. I make homemade mayo so this is a good way to use it up before it spoils - and I can have my cupcakes and eat them too!
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