This week I decided that it was time that I went back to basics and attempted to make the best simple chocolate cupcake that I possibly could.
I figured with this one that I wold just start with something I already knew worked. So, I got out my best vanilla cupcake recipe and made it chocolate by adding a hefty amount of cocoa powder to the batter.
It was finding a good chocolate buttercream recipe that gave me a bit more trouble. I learned that there are two different ways to make your buttercream frosting and people either prefer one or the other. The most basic difference is in the chocolate medium that you use. Many people will say that using a good quality chocolate and melting it down and adding it to your basic buttercream is the only way to go. Others believe that the best buttercream can only be made using a dark chocolate cocoa powder. The decision was easy for me...I didn't have any chocolate to melt down, but I did have the cocoa powder.
The cupcakes turned out great. I keep looking for something that I will consider 'mind-blowing', and although this cupcake was not, it was definitely worthy of much praise and could stand on it's own against many of the other chocolate cupcakes out there made by the little cupcake shops in our area.
I might try a different recipe next time, just to see if I can even taste (or remember) the difference. But there was nothing that I would change about this cupcake.
Overall decision: 4 out of 5