Devil's Food Cupcakes

Recipe courtesy of the Neelys

  • Preparation Time18 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves12
  • DifficultyEasy

Cupcakes:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Fine salt
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup coffee, at room temperature
1/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Raspberries, for garnish

To make the cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 1 (12-cup) muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy.

Slowly beat in the eggs, 1 at a time. Mix together the milk, coffee, and vanilla in a measuring cup. Add 1/2 the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beat to combine, then add the milk- coffee mixture and continue to beat, then add the remaining dry mixture. The mixture will look thick and airy.

Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake liner 3/4 way full. Bake until a toothpick, inserted in the middle of the cupcake, comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven to a wire rack and let cool before frosting.

To make the frosting: 

Bring the heavy whipping cream to a gentle simmer. Add the chopped chocolate to a bowl with the butter and pour the hot cream over. Whisk the mixture until melted and smooth. Let it sit for 5 to 8 minutes until it thickens up.

Frost the cupcakes with the chocolate frosting using an offset spatula. Top each with a raspberry.