Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Filling - Sweet Punch Time Again !!!

Hello friends,

Another interested and mouth watering sweet punch time again :)

Thanks Divya for this great recipe. I would have never dreamt of making filled cupcakes ever, I mean decorated yes, but never filled ones. This was really a great challenge. I tried using the recipe as it is, mainly as I am not a baker and just started and do not have any tips or any ideas on what to substitute something with.. lol.

They came very very moist, little scarier in the beginning as they were moistier than what I saw in pics. Many of mine broke when I was inverting them, meaning the bottom part just kept stuck to the cupcake pan even though I had greased and dusted and everything. Anyways, so, the cutting that I had to make was more like scooping the flesh out and filling and then taping it back again.  I was not sure, so as you can see, I didn't fill it a lot, but it was still enough.

But, believe, they were the softest yummiest cupcakes. The only thing I did different was that I did not use the Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting but used store bought Betty Crocker's Dark Chocolate frosting instead.

Every time I ate them after few hours, I just nuked for few minutes.

Here is the recipe.

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream filling
Recipe source - 
Baking Bites

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream (low fat or full) -
can be substituted with yogurt or cream mixed with a tsp of yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2-oz dark chocolate
1 cup water, boiling
Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease two 12-cup muffin tins.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light.
Beat in eggs one at a time, followed by sour cream and vanilla extract.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
Add half of flour mixture to the butter mixture, followed by the sour cream and vanilla extract, followed by the addition of the rest of the flour mix.
Stir well between each addition and mix until no streaks of flour remain.
Stir the cocoa powder and the dark chocolate into the boiling water (easiest in a large measuring cup).
Pour chocolate water into the rest of the batter and stir until uniform.
Evenly distribute batter into prepared baking cups. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until a tester comes out clean and the cakes spring back when lightly pressed. (It’s fine if you can’t fit both trays into the oven at the same time, just wait until one batch finishes before putting in the second pan)
Turn cupcakes out onto a wire rack to cool completely before frosting and filling.

Vanilla Cream Filling

3 tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 cup milk (low fat is fine)
1/2 cup butter (or trans fat-free shortening)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 scraped vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk together the flour and milk and cook in a small saucepan over medium heat until thick. This will only take a few minutes.
Stir continuously to prevent the mixture from clumping and do not bring all the way to a boil.
When thickened (consistency will be that of a thin pudding or custard), strain with a mesh strainer into a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let cool completely to room temperature.
When the milk mixture is cool, cream the butter (or shortening) and sugar together in a medium bowl until lightl. Add in the milk/flour mixture and the scraped vanilla bean seeds (or vanilla extract) and beat at high speed with an electrick mixer for 7 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape into a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip, or a large ziplock bag with the corner cut off, and set aside until ready to fill your cupcakes.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2-3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and beat, with an electric mixer, until frosting is creamy, 3-5 minutes. Add additional powdered sugar as needed to achieve a thick, but not stiff, frosting that is easy to spread. Add additional milk, if necessary, to thin the frosting if it gets too thick.
(A photo how-to of the assembly method can be 
found here.) Take a cooled cupcake and, using a small pairing knife, cut a cone of cake (1-inch across by 1-inch deep) out of the top. Trim off the pointy end of the cone, leaving a flat circle of cake. Set aside and repeat this process for all the cupcakes.
Take the cream filling and squeeze a tablespoon or so into each cupcake cavity, filling the hole up to the top with filling. Top off with a flat circle of cake to plug the hole and keep the filling in place.
Using a butter knife or a small offset spatula, frost each cupcake with a layer of chocolate buttercream frosting. Place a dollop of icing in the center of the cupcake (on top of the cut out circle of cake) and spread from the center to the sides of the cupcake.
If you have leftover filling, transfer it to a fresh ziploc bag and cut a very small opening in one corner. Pipe a swirly line down the center of each cupcake.
Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Makes 2-dozen.

I made half of it as a cupcake and half of the batter as a chocolate cake, both were yummy.

That's all for now. Take care till next post.


Satya said...

yummy cupcakes...looks delicious :)

Anu Nandu said...

Priya - these look real good. The texture actually looks perfect but I can understand how soft they were - tough to fill - unless you had a premade hole like mine! LOL! I'm sure they were great for the family to keep eating!

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Wonderful wonderful.. beautifully done priya.. looks absolutely delicious and fantastic!!! Keep it up dear!!!

Priya Suresh said...

Cupcakes looks super delicious and moist Priya i enjoyed making and having, wat i mentionned in my post is that i didnt used the 3tbsp flour given in the original recipe instead of it, i used 2tbsp of flour for making the vanilla cream filling..Hope i cleared ur doubt..

panchpakwan said...

Wow Priya..looks so yummy and mouthwatering cupcakes!!

Suja Manoj said...

Delicious and yummy cup cakes..fantastic Priya.

Padmajha said...

They look gorgeous and i am sure it was worth the effort!

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

yummy n moist ..truly devil(divine) cupcakes....sinful...knocking ur door>>>>>>>>>>>>

Kiran said...

Very moist and delicious cupcakes.

Seema said...

Hey Priya,

Your cup cakes look yummilicious dear. I baked the cupcakes by placing muffin liners in muffin trays. So I saved the effort of greasing and dusting with flour. Although people who ate them had to put that extra effort to unwrap the liners instead of biting into the beauties straight away.

Anyway, keep baking. Thanks for visiting my blog.

PS said...

yummy yummy cupcakes priya, mouthwatering moist cakes..

Rachana said...

I'm a chocoholic...cupcakes look truly divine!!!

The Housewife said...

Looks so cute and yummy! And sooo rich :) Great recipe Priya!

VineelaSiva said...

Wow the cup cakes looks very yummy.I too want to give a try.Will try some time.

Swathi said...

The cupcakes looks really yummy Priya.

Simplyfood said...

Cute cup cakes nad deliciously chocolatety.

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! Wow! Just waiting for this post Priya, looks amazing. You have done it really well. I just missed it:-(

Prema said...

cup cakes luks delicious...really mouthwatering punch.

Nitha said...

lovely cup cakes..

Suhaina said...

heavenly. feels like biting into it.nicely done.great effort.

Torviewtoronto said...

Looks delicious

suma said...

These look so rich and delish!

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Akanksha said...

good one..lot of patience is required in cooking this :D

Unknown said...

so gorgeous priya..

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

wow...nice picture and great recipe to grab one....!

Jaisy James said...

my fav cup cake looks nice dear. red chouri means red beans its available in all market. check with google u can identify through the pic

Priya said...

I'm drooling over your cup cakes.they look so yummy...


What a beautiful cake dear, it turns out great....

Sushma Mallya said...

wow thats gorgeous cup cakes..looks so yum

SS blogs here said...

Wow! Filled cupcakes! You are super adventurous! :) Nice job!! :)


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