As always, this is a typical scene at my house...
Mum, feeling frustrated: Why are your pockets always full of sands? Why are your white socks so brown and black???
Boy: Mummy, are you feeling stressed? I think you should keep calm and keep baking!
Ok ok... For a second thought, my boy is right! I should stop whining and make dirt my friend... How? How about baking these fuss-free muddy dirty looking chocolate cupcakes? That would be nice!
To make my dirty cupcakes looking real dirty, I have decorated them with Stevia (also known as sugar plants). Sugar plants? Yup! We can eat these plants and they are really sweet!!! Best of all, they are calories free!
|Chocolate Dirt Cupcakes|
|Baking this dirty mocha cupcakes is super easy.|
|Add sifted dry ingredients and whisk! Easy, isn't it?|
|Divide this chocolate soupy cake mix and bake...|
|Making this fudgy frosting is fuss-free and easy too!|
|Ta-Dah! Smooth, chocolaty and fudgy!|
|To make dirty cupcakes, we need dirt... and I'm sacrificing 1 cupcake to make it look like dirt!|
|One layer of mud plus one layer of dirt... Dirty enough???|
|Not looking dirty enough? A-ha! A stalk Stevia plant (sugar plant) should do the trick!|
|Didn't know that mud and dirt can be so therapeutically delicious :)|
Here's Paula Deen recipe from Food Network
(with my modification in blue)
Makes 36 cupcakes
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
(reduced to 100g for 1/3 of the recipe)
2 cups / 300g all-purpose flour
3/4 cup / 75g unsweetened cocoa powder
(I used Valrhona Dutch processed ones)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
(replaced with baking powder)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fine salt
1 cup strong brewed coffee
(I used 1 tsp instant decaffeinated coffee to make 80ml for 1/3 of the recipe)
1 cup vegetable oil
(I used rice bran oil)
8 ounces / 240g sour cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
Chocolate Fudge Frosting:
Makes 2 1/2 cups
1 cup heavy whipping cream
|The cream cheese that I used|
1 cup granulated sugar
(I didn't add this)
Five 1-ounce squares unsweetened chocolate
(I used 50g of Callebaut ones with 55% cocoa)
10 tbsp butter
(I didn't add this)
1 cup confectioners' sugar
(I used 30g for 1/3 of the recipe)
30 to 40 chocolate wafers or sandwich cookies
36 gummy worms
or cake crumbs from 1 cupcake to decorate 8 cupcakes
For the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F (or 160°C fan forced). Line three 12-cup standard muffin tins with cupcake liners.In a large bowl, combine the granulated sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda (I didn't add this), baking powder, salt, coffee, oil, sour cream, vanilla and eggs. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth or whisk the batter by hand. Pour into the cupcake liners, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 16 to 18 mins. Let cool in the tins for 10 mins. Remove from the tins and let cool completely on wire racks.
For the frosting: In a medium saucepan, combine the cream and granulated sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate and butter, stirring until melted and smooth. Let cool for 10 mins. Whisk in the confectioners' sugar. Let the mixture cool until it reaches a spreadable consistency. Top the cooled cupcakes with the frosting. If you are making my cream cheese version, all you need to do is to melt the chocolate and allow it to cool slightly. Mix in icing sugar. Don't worry if the mixture looks lumpy at this stage. It will be smooth after the addition of cream cheese. Stir in cream cheese in small batches and slowly the frosting will become smooth and fudgy.
For the topping: Place the cookies (or an unfrosted cupcake) into a resealable plastic bag. Crush the cookies or cake with your hands to make a "dirt" consistency. Sprinkle the frosting with cookie or cake crumbs, top with a gummy worm (or nothing) and enjoy.
Note: Using 1/3 of the recipe, I have baked 9 cupcakes at 160°C fan forced for 18 mins. I have sacrificed one to use it as dirty cake crumbs topping and yield a total of 8 frosted dirty cupcakes eventually.
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