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Monday, September 10, 2007

Hershey's Dark Chocolate Minis w/ Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Frosting

I also made mini cupcakes for my dad's birthday party. I used the Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake recipe. It was light, fluffy, and moist just like a box mix (and people say it cannot be done... pshh)! This recipe would've made about 100 minis, but after 96 I got sick of pouring the batter into the tiny cups... yeah yeah I'm that lazy. The reason I labeled them as "Dark Chocolate Minis" is because I used Hershey's Dark Chocolate cocoa powder in both the cupcakes and the chocolate frosting. It was deliciously chocolatey, but it's one of those things where some people loved it and others didn't really care for it. I frosted half of them with Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Frosting recipe. I frosted the other half with a peanut butter frosting recipe I found at Bake & Destroy. Her husband is totally right about wanting to eat this stuff with a spoon!

dark chocolate w/ dark chocolate dark chocolate w/ peanut butter

Cake and chocolate frosting recipe from Hersheys.com. Peanut butter frosting recipe from Bake & Destroy.

MY NOTES: Like I said, I used Hershey's Dark Chocolate cocoa powder. And as the recipe states, this IS a very thin batter. Don't freak out!

Makes 30 regular cupcakes OR 96 mini cupcakes

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

1. Line muffin cups with paper baking cups. Heat oven to 350°F.
2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Fill cups 2/3 full with batter.
3. Bake 22 to 25 minutes for regular cupcakes, 13-18 minutes for mini-cupcakes. Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.

"PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" Chocolate Frosting
Makes about 2 1/2 - 3 cups

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla.


2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
pinch salt
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbs milk

Beat together sugar, butter and salt until creamy. Add peanut butter, beating well. Add milk and beat until smooth and creamy.


Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

You're a baking MACHINE!

Natalie said...

I'm with Melisser, you simply cannot be stopped. The chocolate frosting looks delicious! What did you think? I struggle to find a good dark chocolate frosting besides ganche.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

At first I wasn't fond of the dark cocoa in the frosting... but after I ate my 2nd or 3rd mini, I slowly started liking it. However, I do think it needed something. Next time I'll add a little coffee to bring out the chocolatey taste.

AznHyperGirl said...

The ingredients for peanut butter buttercream says 1/2 peanut butter. Is that supposed to be 1/2 cup???

engaged said...

OMG the peanut butter frosting is the best I've ever had. Wedding winner.

Simply Rita said...

Just made these they were delish!! Really moist, I stuffed them with nutella they were insanely good!

Nikathemadscientist said...

for some reason, i must have done something wrong, because i didn't taste much chocolate, i followed the recipe to the T and i didnt get the "BAM in your face" chocolate flavor you usually get from box mixes, but maybe it might've just been me.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Nika, try adding some instant espresso to the batter next time! That will definitely boost the flavor for you! :) Or you could use Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder.

nikathemadbaker said...

I was just wondering, could i add instant coffee bc i dont have any instant espresso granules?

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Yes, just dissolve it in the water first.