Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentines day specials

Well its our first valentines so I decided to bake some of my favorite chocolate walnut cupcakes with dark chocolate and marshmallow frosting. They melt in your mouth and the rich chocolate frosting is perfect for dark chocolate lovers.
For this you need:
Dry ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Wet ingredients:
1 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1 tbs white vinegar

and 1 cup sugar

This is as simple as it gets. Mix all the dry ingredients together. Then in a separate bowl mix all the wet ingredients and then stir in the sugar. pour this mixture in with the dry mixture and stir well till all the lumps and bumps disappear. Line your cupcake tray with cupcake paper and spoon the mixture in. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
While its baking melt a large bar of dark chocolate (226gms) with about 4 tbs of milk I usually just put both the ingredients in a Pyrex bowl and pop it in the microwave for about a minute or two. But keep a check on it as it tends to burn real easy or bowl over. But if done well it taste oh-so-amazing. Once the chocolate melts into the milk just mix it all up till its smooth, creamy and glossy. I added mini marshmallows to the frosting to add a little light to the texture. Once the cupcakes are out of the oven and cooled, just scoop a large dollop of frosting onto each of the cakes. I put whipped cream on some of the cupcakes cos I know many people who hate dark chocolate (I know! can you believe it!). DONE!

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