Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
24 cupcakes

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Whisk together sugar, flour, and eggs in a large bowl; add chocolate mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in vanilla and salt.

Step 4

Place paper baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Sift powdered sugar over the top of each cupcake.

Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes; Dreamcakes Bakery

Ratings & Reviews

pamondemand's Review

June 05, 2013
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.