Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Frosting

I promise I do have lots of recipes and ideas for Japanese food to blog about, but my kids have been hanging out for some familiar comfort food since we got home. With the exception of the second last night in Tokyo Bay where they ordered a humongous classic burger and a monster bowl of spaghetti Bolognese from room service late one night, they happily ate Japanese food for every meal, including rice, fish, tofu and pickles for breakfast. So since we got home on Friday, I've made burgers, spaghetti marinara (they are favourites of favourites), fajitas, meatballs and they've eaten pork ribs at The Waterfront Restaurant (NOTE: I had the assorted sashimi) and, of course, these delectable, tender-crumbed Double Chocolate Cupcakes with the most divine Whipped Vanilla Frosting. It sucks to be them.

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Frosting
Makes 18

For the Cupcakes:
adapted from here
1 cup dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup full cream milk
3/4 cup plain flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes or pink Himalaya salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
1/2 cup sunflower oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Frosting:
adapted from here
115g unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup full cream milk
2 1/2tablespoons sifted plain flour
1 tablespoons vanilla extract

Make the Cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 180C. Line 2 x 12 hole cupcake pans with 18 paper liners. Set aside.

Put the chopped chocolate and milk into a small pan and gently heat over low heat, stirring until melted and smooth. Be careful not to overheat. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, salt and baking soda. Stir to mix. Set aside

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs, yoghurt, oil and vanilla for about 1 minute. Slowly add the melted chocolate and then the dry ingredients. Mix on low for a further minute to combine.

Fill the cupcake liners until half full and bake for 15 - 17 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Make the Frosting:

Put the milk and flour into a small saucepan and whisk. Put it over a medium heat and whisk until it is thick and smooth. Set aside to cool completely.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth, then add the sugar and beat for 5 - 7 minutes until fluffy and pale.

Add the milk/flour mixture and vanilla to the butter mixture and beat on medium-high until whipped and creamy.

Frost the cooled cupcakes liberally.


  1. Oh your poor kids! Not!
    Lucky things with a mum who makes them all their favourites, and then shares treats and eats with us too! I LOVE chocolate as you well know so I am betting it won't be long until these find their way into my oven :)

    1. Ha ha Amy. I've actually enjoyed being back in my kitchen and cooking up their favourite foods. Our trip to Japan was amazing and I'm already planning (in my mind) another trip. The food was out-of-this-world and I seriously loved every mouthful. I hope you make a gluten free version of these cupcakes. I can't tell you enough how good they are (just about my favourite chocolate cupcake - that's a big call, right?)

  2. Fabulous recipe! Think I shall have to make these for a dinner dessert with friends this week.
    Have a super day.
    :-) Mandy xo

  3. Love, looovvveee the classic chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting. It's so comforting!! Aww, your boys are cute, they love your food, that's a really nice compliment :)

  4. I love that whipped vanilla frosting, these cupcakes are beauties!

  5. yum yum! i love frosting.. I think i could happily just eat that and forget the cake:)

  6. Hey Jennifer,
    Is that one of your sons wearing the Hurley shirt? My son used to wear Hurley shirts... until his girlfriend told him she didn't like his "skateboarder" attire. LOL

  7. Your boys are so lucky to have you! Can't wait to see all the recipes you have up your sleeve (though it's hard to beat comfort food like this!)!

  8. Gorgeous cupcakes and photos! :)