Devil's food cupcakes

Feed your inner devil with these naughty but nice cupcakes.
  • For the cupcakes
  • 225g plain flour
  • 75g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Salt
  • 115g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 60ml whole milk, room temperature
  • 60ml coffee, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the frosting
  • 115g milk chocolate, chopped
  • 115ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Raspberries, for garnish
1) To make the cupcakes: preheat the oven to 180°C. Line one (12-cup) muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.

2) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, and a quarter of a teaspoon of salt.

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

4) Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix together the milk, coffee, and vanilla in a measuring cup. Add half 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.

5) Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake liner three-quarters of the 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.

6) 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 five to eight minutes until it thickens up.

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

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