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Chocolate Cupcakes with Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes. This recipe is from Zabar’s in New York City.

2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
⅓ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) Earth Balance Vegan Buttery sticks, at room
temperature, plus extra for greasing the pan (can substitute unsalted butter)
1 cup dark brown sugar (can use coconut sugar)
⅓ cup sour cream (I used reduced fat in the video)
½ cup cold coffee or water

Creamy Chocolate Frosting

This is the best chocolate frosting I’ve ever tasted! I used cooked eggs to make the texture very creamy.

6 ounces dark chocolate (preferably 60% cacao), coarsely chopped
3 ½ ounces unsweetened, coarsely chopped
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 ¾ sticks) Earth Balance Vegan Buttery sticks
5 extra-large eggs
1 cup coconut/palm  sugar
½ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt

Special Tool
Digital candy thermometer
Tip: If a recipe calls for half a batch of this frosting, halve the quantities listed for a full recipe, but use 3 full eggs.

Chocolate Cocoa (Cacao) Butter Buttercream

Chocolate Cocoa (Cacao) Butter Buttercream
This buttercream recipe stands out from all of the others in that real food grade quality cocoa butter is one of the ingredients.  I’ve used cocoa butter in other recipes but not often because it’s very expensive and I can only find it on the internet.  To purchase food grade quality cocoa butter here is the link 

6tbsp cocoa butter,  melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (more for darker, and i often use dark cocoa powder)
2  1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar (depending how sweet you like it)

1/4-1/2 cup heavy cream (or coconut cream)
1/2 tsp chocolate extract (You can sub vanilla extract)

Make your own chocolate extract

Chocolate Fudge Filling

Because chocolate fudge filling has so many uses, I recommend always having some in your freezer.  This filling can be used for cakes, filled cupcakes, whoopie pies, cookie sandwiches, to frost brownies and more.

Here’s what you need to make 1 3/4 cup of chocolate fudge filling:

1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract