A 24-hour stretch without chocolate at Casa Curls and Carrots? Indeed, it would be a sad day in our desert oasis if no chocolate was in sight. Fortunately – as you have surmised from previous chocolate-covered posts – this has yet to occur.
Yesterday, my sweet daughter (sweet because of her impressive dark chocolate consumption!) implored that we make fudgy chocolate cupcakes.
When Snu Magoo was about one year old, a friend sent a big bag of artisan, dark chocolate. Some of the bars were 85-90% percent cocoa content: too bitter for most to eat on their own but lovely for baking. Miniscule, one-year-old Snu Magoo happily ate all of the almost sugar-less bars of cocoa delight. Happily.
Chocolate DNA test passed. Snu Magoo is certainly her mother’s daughter.
In accordance to the wishes of the Snu, we baked rich, decadent, deep chocolate cupcakes. Pumpkin, Autumn’s most prized flavor, was not forgotten.
These cupcakes are free of eggs, dairy, butter and oil: the focus is solely on the chocolate – and slightly on the pumpkin. We are a bit pumpkin crazed! The steps of this recipe echo The Littlest Guy’s favorite pumpkin-chocolate brownies.
The real question: do these cupcakes pass the chocolate-covered faces test? Snu Magoo and her lovely little friend each devoured a cupcake at a playdate – and emerged from their snack with brown lips and noses. Verdict: A+ for the pastry!
The smooth, rich, velvety cocoa bites are as straightforward to make as they are to munch! It’s time to step into the kitchen and bake away the day’s woes!
Preheat the oven, mix the batter and scoop into tins.
Coat the dark chocolate chips with the dry ingredients – before incorporating the wet ingredients – to prevent them from sinking to the bottom. The chocolate remains exquisitely suspended amongst more cocoa batter goodness.
When the cupcakes are baked, remove from the oven and cool on wire racks.
While the cupcakes are cooking, melt the chocolate and coffee for the “ganache.” Coffee is tasteless in the recipe – and enhances the chocolate flavor.
When the ganache is cooled, it can be placed in a piping bag to begin decorating!
Alternatively, place the chocolate in a plastic bag, and cut a small corner off.
Garnish the cupcakes with fruity, orange dried apricot slices.
They’re visually appealing and reinforce the color – and sweetness – of pumpkin.
Enjoy! Thank you for visiting our family at Casa Curls and Carrots.
Be well, friends! – Shanna
Snu Magoo’s Chocolate-Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chocolate “Ganache” (Dairy-Free)
A fun and fast cupcake that utilizes the flavors of Autumn
1, approximately 18.3 ounce package dark chocolate fudge brownie mix (choose a vegan variety, if desired)
1, 15 ounce can organic pumpkin puree
1/4 cup high quality cocoa powder
1/3 cup 60-70% cocoa dark chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. strong coffee, cooled, divided
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1, 3.5 ounce bar 72% dark chocolate, chopped
9 large, dried apricots, sliced in third
1 Muffin tin
12 muffin liners
Ice cream scoop
- Preheat oven to 350°F or 177°C.
- Line a muffin tin with twelve liners.
- Mix the dry ingredients, through the chocolate chips, in a large bowl.
- Stir in 1 Tbsp. of coffee and the vanilla until well-combined.
- Using a standard ice cream scoop, place one scoop of batter into each of the twelve muffin cups.
- Bake for 20-23 minutes, just until set. Do not over bake. Cool on wire racks.
- Melt the chopped, dark chocolate and remaining 1 Tbsp. of coffee. Use a double boiler or microwave in 30 second intervals. Stir often. Cool.
- Using a piping bag, pipe the cooled, melted chocolate onto the cupcakes. Garnish each cupcake with three apricot slices.
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