Happy Birthday Mom!
This past Friday, the 18th, was my mom’s birthday!
She’s a self-professed chocoholic, so I wanted to make her a super-chocolatey cupcake. The “Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake” from the Cook’s Illustrated website fit the bill nicely. You have to be a member to access the recipe on the site, but I was able to find the recipe elsewhere, and linked it for you here.
The chocolate cake was amazing! You’re supposed to add ganache to the batter before cooking, which I did, but it’s not necessary. The cake would also be great for a filling, perhaps for use in a Hostess-style cupcake. (coming soon!)
The frosting included with this recipe is a Swiss-meringue chocolate buttercream. Next time I make this cupcake I am going to instead use my mom’s chocolate frosting recipe. It’s the best, and nothing comes close to it’s greatness!
To top it off, I used a chocolate mold filled with milk chocolate to make the “Happy Birthday”. The one pictured above is the only one that survived!!