Don't let the unpretentious appearance fool you. These 8 simple ingredients transform into a decadent dessert that is irresistible. The middle becomes the perfect little pocket to hold sweetened whipped cream or ice cream.
6 (1-oz.) semisweet chocolate baking squares
1 cup butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup all-purpose soft-wheat flour
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Paper baking cups
Vegetable cooking spray
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pour water to a depth of 1 inch into bottom of a double boiler over medium heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer; place chocolate and butter in top of double boiler over simmering water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes or until melted. Remove mixture from heat, and cool 10 minutes.
Whisk together sugar, flour, and eggs in a large bowl; add chocolate mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in vanilla and salt.
Place paper baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Be careful not to over bake; they should be gooey. (They will crack and sink in the middle; this is normal.) Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely.
Sift powdered sugar over the top of each cupcake.
Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes; Dreamcakes Bakery
These were super-easy to throw together; I didn't even have to pull out my mixer.
The cakes were served with French vanilla ice cream on top and got rave reviews. Everyone asked for the recipe. I will make these again.
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