I have three confessions to make: Firstly, I am scared of baking chocolate cake and chocolate cupcakes. In many previous attempts, I have always over cooked the cake and in the process I have burnt the cake. Secondly, I have a very bad love and hate relationship with icing, a war that could never be won. I swear icing and I were enemies in a past life, because I could never successfully make good icing. Thirdly, if a cake involves electric mixing of some sort, I give up, because I am too lazy.
After many frustrating attempts with making chocolate cake and icing, I decided that enough is enough and I was going to give up. Then one day when I was bored and was researching cake recipes, I came across this recipe for Mississippi Chocolate Mud Cupcakes. The photo of the cupcakes looked so delicious, and the recipe looked quite simple, that a lazy baker like me could make it. I felt a twinge of excitement and decided to give this recipe a go and cook the cupcakes for some colleagues at work.
Lucky for me, I already had the ingredients ready to go. I still had a lot of baking chocolate in the pantry. The process of making the cupcakes seemed so easy. The first steps involved me putting all these ingredients into a saucepan and mixing them together, so easy. The next step involved pouring the mixture into a bowl and waiting for it to cool down, whilst trying to avoid not dipping my finger into the delicious looking mixture. (very difficult). Once the mixture cooled down, I whisked the rest of the ingredients into the mixture and then put the mixture into muffin cases in the muffin pan. Lastly, I waited 30 stressful minutes for the cupcakes to be ready.
Then voilà, the cupcakes were ready and they smelt amazing! Here are four out of twelve cupcakes.
I was so impatient and worried that the cupcakes may have not turned out as I planned. I decided not to wait for the cupcakes to cool down, so I cut one open and tasted some. The cupcake looked so moist and dense and it tasted amazing! I was so proud of myself.
The next step to making these cupcakes, was the one I feared the most. I could feel dread coming over me, I knew that soon it would be time for the icing. I decided to chicken out and not be brave, and decided to make a ganache instead. The ganache ended up being so easy to make, much less effort than making icing. The ganache was so easy to spread and it tasted delicious.
The cupcakes were all finished and ready to be eaten. I was so excited that I over came my chocolate cake fear.
The cupcakes ended up being very popular with my colleagues at work. The
Mississippi Chocolate Mud Cupcakes mission was a success!
The Mississippi Chocolate Mud Cupcakes recipe can be found here:
(I used brown sugar instead of caster sugar)