While yesterday we focused on the idea of bringing fruit as a the sweet treat to a romantic picnic, sometimes you just need to have chocolate! Cupcakes are perfect for picnics, because you can easily pack two into a tupperware, and don’t have to worry about bringing a large cakesaver and knife. The buttermilk in the recipe makes the cupcakes very moist, and cuts the sweetness.┬áTop with a decadant homemade coconut-pecan frosting.

For a healthier option, substitute organic whole wheat flour

Recipe: German Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups organic cake flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted, then cooled

Instructions

  1. To make cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line regular muffin tins with muffin papers.
  2. In a medium bowl, put the dry ingredients (cake flour, baking soda, and salt) and whisk to mix.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl on medium-high speed until pale yellow in color and fluffy.
  4. Keeping the mixer running in the butter-sugar bowl, start adding eggs, one at a time, until blended well; then add vanilla.
  5. Reduce the mixer to low speed and start adding the flour mixture, dividing into three steps with the buttermilk; first a third flour, then half buttermilk, third flour, half buttermilk, final third flour.
  6. Finally drizzle in the cooled chocolate and mix until thoroughly combined.
  7. Pour batter into paper cups in muffin tins about 3/4 full.
  8. Put tins in preheated oven and bake in preheated oven at 350 for 18 to 20 minutes, making sure you turn the muffin tin halfway through the cooking time. Cupcakes are done when a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
  9. Remove muffin tins from oven and set on rack to cool for 5 minutes, then remove paper cups from muffin tins and place on rack to cool completely.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

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