Food Friday ~ Chocolate Spice Cupcakes with Eggnog Frosting

This is a really yummy recipe I published on my Cupcakes & Pearls blog last year. Happy baking!

Chocolate Spiced Cupcake topped with Eggnog Buttercream Frosting
Chocolate Cupcakes – (The main recipe was found in the Cupcakes! book by Elinor Klivans. I added the spices to it.)

350˚oven for 15-20 minutes

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup sour cream
½ cup water

Melt chocolate in a microwave for few seconds, stir until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until smoothly blended and creamy, about 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing. On low speed, mix in the melted chocolate. On medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, mixing until each is blended into the batter. Add the vanilla and beat until the mixture looks creamy and the color has lightened slightly, about 1 minute. Mix in the sour cream until no white streaks remain. On low speed, add half of the flour mixture, mixing just to incorporate it. Mix in the water. Mix in the remaining flour mixture until it is incorporated and the batter looks smooth. Stir into the batter 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of cloves, 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg and 1/2 tsp. of ginger.

Line muffin tins with paper liners and fill each with a generous amount of batter to about ⅛ inch below the top of the liner. Bake just until the tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes. Cool the cupcakes for 10 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Makes 18.

When cooled frost with Eggnog Buttercream Frosting
1 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup of eggnog
Beat together until smooth. If it is too thin for frosting add a little more powdered sugar.

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