Monday, February 14, 2011

Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with Champagne Buttercream

Not kidding, this has become my favorite all-time best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe. Although, I made these "Message" cupcakes for Valentines - the cupcake, itself, is my Go-To recipe. POM COCOA CUPCAKES
with POM CHAMPAGNE BUTTER CREAM


Do you have those "Go-To" things in life? I have a couple pairs of pants that I've had for a thousand years. I call them my "uniform" because I wear them so often for hanging around, cooking, and working on projects. For some reason, even when other clothes seem to shrink (it's not me gaining weight, of course) or get loose (because I've lost weight, of course) - these uniform pants fit no matter what. This particular Chocolate Cupcake recipe is like that for me. I have the ratio of ingredients in my head and sometimes I'll experiment with additions (like the wonderful Pom Juice) or I'll substitute the buttermilk for sour cream and adjust the flour, or experiment with the type of flour and adjust the oil, etc.. but I'm always starting with the "Go-To" version.

Today, these cupcakes are doing double duty because POM is generously giving money to the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION (AHA) based on these cupcakes and some other gorgeous ones that have been submitted. Before you run off and make these (because you really should, they're cocoa-licious), click the button HERE and then click on like my POM COCOA CUPCAKE to help me raise money for AHA and have a chance at prizes.If you're reading this on Valentine's Day - I wish you a HEARTFELT day of feeling loved and if it's not Valentines day for you - I wish the same thing - - we need it everyday, right? Love is the "Go-To" place - the "uniform" I'd like to wear everyday...while eating cupcakes. :D
Click LIKE for my cupcake to win the POM cupcake contest
and give money to the American Heart Association

INGREDIENTS

POM COCOA CUPCAKES: (makes 12 cupcakes)

1 1/3 c. cake flour
1/3 c. cocoa
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. buttermilk
2 eggs
1/2 cup Pom juice (Pomegranate - or you can use water)
1/3 cup oil

POMEGRANATE CHAMPAGNE BUTTERCREAM

1/2 c. butter (room temp)
2 Tbls. champagne
4 Tbls. Pom Juice (Pomegranate Juice, or you can use another flavor)
2-4 cups powdered sugar


DIRECTIONS

CUPCAKES:

1) In your mixing bowl, mix together the Flour, Cocoa, Sugar, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, and salt.

2) In a separate bowl, whisk together the Buttermilk, Eggs, Oil, and Pom Juice.

3) Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and using the paddle attachment, combine all ingredients on low for 2-3 minutes.

4) Ladle batter into each cupcake liner about 2/3 full, bake at 350F for 12-16 minutes until center is spongy.

FOR FROSTING:

In your mixing bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add in Champagne and Pom juice and continue beating for 1 minute. Add powdered sugar, gradually, and continue beating until desired consistency for frosting.



4 comments:

sippitysup said...

I am reading this on Valentines Day. And they are perfect!

A Year on the Grill said...

great set of photos... Love the message.. Happy V-Day!

Boots and Cateyes said...

Oh I LOVE it! I voted! You have the best photo and recipe on there. Great job. Sure wish I had a few of these right now.

LoveCupcakes said...

This is one way to make someone fall in love. Thanks for sharing this amazing cupcake ideas.