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Rich Chocolate Cupcakes

 Rich Chocolate Cupcakes
This sweet and chocolaty cupcake will make you feel like a kid again, while the decadent ganache frosting will appeal to your grown-up side.
14 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and
  • coffee, beating well after each addition.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for
  • 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire
  • racks to cool completely.
  • In a small saucepan, melt chocolate with cream over low heat; stir

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Rich Chocolate Cupcakes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • until blended. Remove from the heat. Stir in vanilla. Transfer to a
  • bowl; cover and refrigerate until mixture reaches spreading
  • consistency, stirring occasionally. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 14
  • cupcakes.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 219 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 216 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.