This is a seriously grown up cupcake that screams CHOCOLATE. I have an obsession with making cupcakes lately and I have mostly avoided chocolate because of its reputation for being finicky and dry. It is easy to make a dry chocolate cupcake. Making a moist chocolate cupcake? Not so easy.
Cooks Illustrated is one of my favorite sources for recipes. There is normally some extra work involved, but I am almost always rewarded for the extra steps. I used the Cooks Illustrated dark chocolate cupcake recipe to create this piece of chocolate heaven. Both Dutch processed cocoa and high quality bittersweet chocolate are used to deliver a deep dark chocolate taste.
On top is an amazing chocolate coffee buttercream recipe from the mother of a childhood friend. All these years later I can still picture her mom making chocolate cake and pouring coffee in the frosting. The coffee enhances the flavor of the chocolate even more to make this a decadent cupcake you will remember. Chocolate and coffee are a match made in dessert heaven.