Chocolate Chip and Mascarpone Cupcakes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 55 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr 20 min
Cook: 25 min
 
YIELD: 24 cupcakes
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

CUPCAKES:
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (recommended: Nestle morsels)
GANACHE:
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Special equipment: 2 (12-count) muffin pans with paper liners
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Directions

For the Cupcakes:

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F.

Combine the unsweetened chocolate and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until the chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes. Whisk in the mascarpone cheese until the mixture is smooth.

Beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl for 30 seconds. Stir in the mascarpone mixture. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture. Stir until just blended.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out with no crumbs attached. Cool the cupcakes completely before dipping, about 1 hour.

For the Ganache:

Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl. Combine the heavy cream and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook until small bubbles appear on the outside edge of the cream. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate chips. Using a fork, gently stir until all the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.

Dip the tops of each cupcake in the ganache and transfer to a baking sheet. Place the dipped cupcakes in the refrigerator to set, about 15 to 20 minutes. Allow cupcakes to return to room temperature before serving.

Cook's Note: For puffier cupcakes allow the batter to rest in the muffin pans for 20 minutes before baking.

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  • on January 13, 2013

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    I don't bake much but I had fun baking these delicious cup cakes. The recipe was easy to follow and the results were very tasty.

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  • on July 11, 2011

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    Very nice recipe, read all the way down to the end. it will tell you for puffier cup cakes let sit 20 min before baking. Wished I had seen that but they still came out great.

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  • on July 10, 2011

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    omg!! my husband and i went crazy over these. i had some really good chocolate i had ordered to make these and some dipping chocolate i had ordered for the granach. made them last weekend and my husband just asked for them again! thank you giada

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