My very own recipe, improvised and invented for my honey's birthday party 2011!
Chocolate Nutella Mousse Cupcakes
Makes twenty-four cupcakes. Fill paper liners no less than 2/3 and no more than 3/4 full.
1 cup (100g) flour
1 cup (150g) sugar
1 tsp (càc) baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
1/3 cup (80 ml) water
1/4 cup (60 ml) oil
1 tsp (càc) vanilla
1/2 tsp (càc) salt
1 chocolate pudding mix*
1 tbsp (càs) cocoa powder
2 tbsp (càs) rum
Beat all ingredients together.
Bake at 400°F (200°C) until peaks are moist, not gooey, but not so long that the peaks dry.
2 sticks (250g) unsalted butter, softened
1 13-ounce jar (400g) Nutella
pinch sea salt
1 tbsp (càs) vanilla
2 pounds (350g) powdered sugar
8 tbsp (càs) heavy cream
Mix slowly the first five ingredients. Add the heavy cream until blended. Whip on medium-high setting until fluffy. Pipe onto cupcakes with a decorator's pouch.
*FROM SCRATCH VERSION - Substitute milk where it calls for water. When it's time to add the pudding add 6 ounces (170 g) of 62% semisweet chocolate melted, 1/4 cup cornstarch (maïzena), plus 1/8 tsp salt.
Fun Manly Birthday Variations :
german chocolate with coconut-pecan topping
rocky-road with marshmallows, chocolate chips and walnuts