February 13, 2010

Perfect Party Cupcakes

These cupcakes are absolutely heavenly. I found the recipe at Tongue-n-Cheeky, which is one of my favorite places to go for dessert recipes.  These cupcakes are just right for a birthday party or a special occasion. 

2 sticks butter

1 ½ c. brown sugar
3 eggs
2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate
1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 c. milk
3/4 tsp. baking powder
½ c. cocoa powder
1 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. pure vanilla
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and eggs until extremely fluffy (this step is CRUCIAL. Don’t skip it!). In a small bowl, microwave baking chocolate and olive oil just until melted (about 1 minute), stir, add to batter. Add remaining ingredients and whip until evenly incorporated but DO NOT MIX. Fill cupcake wrappers 2/3 full with batter, then bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

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