Recipe courtesy of Olivia O'Neal

Alpocalypse Cupcakes

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes
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Ingredients

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups granulated sugar

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cake flour

3/4 cup cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup hot water

1 tablespoon espresso powder

Chocolate Chipotle Truffle Filling, recipe follows

Chocolate Buttercream, recipe follows

Chocolate Chipotle Truffle Filling:

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon chipotle powder

Chocolate Buttercream:

1 pound unsalted butter

3/4 cup cocoa powder, such as Valrhona

6 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line cupcake or muffin pans with 24 cupcake liners. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the buttermilk, oil, vanilla and eggs. In a separate bowl, sift the granulated sugar, flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. 
  3. Mix the hot water and espresso powder in a pitcher, and slowly stir into the mixing bowl. Fill the cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes, rotating halfway through. Remove from the oven and cool completely before frosting.
  4. Fill the cupcakes with Chocolate Chipotle Truffle Filling. Frost with Chocolate Buttercream.

Chocolate Chipotle Truffle Filling:

  1. Heat the cream until simmering over medium heat. Place the semisweet chips in a glass bowl and pour the hot cream onto the chips. Allow to sit for a minimum of 2 minutes. Transfer the chocolate cream mixture to a stand mixer outfitted with the whisk attachment. Add in the chipotle powder. Whisk on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Chocolate Buttercream:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the butter and cocoa until incorporated. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream and vanilla. Whip until fluffy.

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