Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rich Chocolate Cupcakes with a Chocolate Glaze

I am that house in the neighborhood where all the kids go. I am the mom who has an extra person over for dinner at least twice a week. My house is where my son’s friends gather to do homework together. We are the family who hosts almost all the sleepovers, and can I tell you something…I like it that way. I like that my kids friends feel comfortable in my home, that they love the meals I feed them, and if they had to choose someplace to stay overnight, it’s at my house.

I love hearing uncontrollable giggling coming from their room and laughter that booms through the house; sometimes they bring themselves to tears with their laughter. What’s better than that?

I enjoy baking for the all the teens and pre-teens that wander through my doors. I love it when I get a “you rock Mrs. G” after they have filled their bellies with pancakes, muffins one of my “tester” casseroles for breakfast. Most of all I love that my boys feel at home. Home in the true sense of the word. That at their house, there is always someone home to greet them with a smiling face and make them feel welcome. They feel safe, secure, always have fun and I love that they want to share that feeling with their friends. When I was young and dreamed of having a family and I wanted it to be just like it is now.

Because of school vacation this week I knew I would probably have a house full at certain times and I didn’t want to disappoint any of my visitors so I whipped up a batch of cupcakes, even though we all know cupcakes don’t need no reason.

Just a plain ole rich chocolate cupcake with a chocolate glaze similar to that of one of those Hostess cupcakes, you know, the ones with the wiggly white line on them. I might even investigate a light creamy filling next time round. That would be perfect in these.

As you can see, I sprinkled these with tiny chocolate candies, and when I was photographing them, John remarked that they looked like mushrooms. You know he’s right, but if I called them chocolate mushrooms, I’d doubt I’d get the kids to eat them so quickly. Oh who they heck am I kiddin’…they’re growing boys….they’d eat them!

Rich Chocolate Cupcakes with a Chocolate Glaze
Printable recipe
2 cups sugar
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup cocoa
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup boiling water

Heat the oven to 350. Line about 30 muffin cups with paper or foil baking cups.

Whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder & soda and salt in a large bowl. Add the eggs, milk oil and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in the boiling water (batter will be thin). Full cups 2/3 full with batter.

Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks.

Glazefrom the blog Alpineberry

2 cups (6 ounces) semi or bittersweet chocolate,chopped
6 tbsp (3 ounces) unsalted butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a small saucepan combine the first 3 ingredients together over low heat until melted. Stir in vanilla. Dip the tops of the cooled cupcakes into the glaze.

This glaze made more than enough to frost these cupcakes, so next time I will probably cut it in half. Just in case you’re curious, I did not eat the leftover glaze, even though I very much wanted to dunk my hand into the bowl and lick it off my fingers. See? I do have some will power after all.


Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Oh, how I wish I could be "that house", but our neighborhood has a scarcity of kids. Your photography, recipe and kid-ness are much admired.

Bunny said...

You just described our house ...only with girls! LOL!! A couple yrs ago our oldest son's girlfriend gave me the best complement I could ever get, she told me my house was a home. I love the cupcakes, that frosting looking wonderful!

Erika said...

Love the cupcakes! And can you please tell me how you managed to become "that" house? My children are little but I aspire to be "that" house!!

Chou said...

Those children in your neighborhood are lucky indeed.

Anonymous said...

That glaze is beautiful, wow and they do look like mushrooms. Beautiful!

kat said...

That's totally the house I want to have, which would be in direct contrast to how I grew up.

Jennifer said...

Those look so great!!! Shiny and decadent! :)

krysta said...

those are beautiful... my house is that way with boys and girls!!!

Doreen Frost said...

mmmm....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...these look devine!!!

Mine was that house as well...i always loved having the kids and their friends around...I was always of the mind..I would rather have the kids and their friends at my house than have them go to someone else's..most of Jenna and Kurt's friends still call me have such great memories..thank you for reminding me of that this morning.


Cakespy said...

You are so lucky to have "that house"--it's such a lovely sense of community!

And those CUPCAKES! They look gorgeous!

RootsAndWingsCo said...

I love your thoughts on being the house that all the kids go to. I agree with you, whole-heartedly! Not only is it a great thought because it means your home is warm and invited, but it's also a great thought because then you know where your children are and what they are doing! It's a win win situation to me!

Michelle said...

I love using a glaze on cupcakes. And this is such an interesting recipe with corn syrup! Have to try it!