Chocolate Cupcake

by Suzanne
(Bay Area, California, USA)

A while ago, a friend of mine gave me a few recipes that she got from her Uncle Merv. One was for a chocolate cupcake recipe. My friend raved about these cupcakes and I was surprised to find, when I made them, that they were made with no eggs or milk – totally vegan. So incredibly easy and very delicious.

I’ve made these cupcakes many times, but I’ve added a couple of ingredients to suit my tastes. I’ve included a little salt, upped the cocoa, and splashed in some vanilla. Additionally, for an even richer chocolate taste, you can mix in some coffee with the water.

Uncle Merv frosts his cupcakes by dipping them in a warm chocolate ganache (I’ve seen Ina Garten do this, too). They are very decadent when prepared that way. This time, I frosted the cupcakes with 7 minute frosting which is made with granulated sugar and egg-whites. It is a marshmallow-y type of concoction that reminds me of my great-aunt’s christmas tree cake. I also sprinkled on some colorful non-pareils. The resulting cupcake looked almost like a soft-serve ice cream cone.

Chocolate Cupcakes
adapted from Merv’s Baking Class

makes 12 cupcakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose (plain)flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup water (or 1/2 cup water mixed with 1/2 cup coffee)
1/3 cup vegetable oil (corn or canola)
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F (180C).

Line muffin tins with muffin papers or spray tin with non-stick spray.

Sift dry ingredients together into a large bowl. Combine all liquids in a bowl, then add to the dry ingredients. Whisk the ingredients together until well combined. A few small lumps are o.k. Do not overmix.

Fill prepared muffin tins to 3/4 full (an ice cream scoop works well for this).

Bake in preheated oven (350 degrees) until the center of the cupcakes springs back when lightly touched, or a toothpick tester comes out without batter, about 16-20 minutes.

I asked Suzanne to submit this recipe as I had seen it on her blog Four for Dinner. Suzanne's blog is a record, mostly of her meals with her family, but sometimes of the topics that they discuss, because their tradition of coming together for dinner is extremely important to the family of four.
Thanks very much Suzanne.

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