The Best Death by Chocolate Cupcakes



Ingredients: 

For the Cupcakes: 

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • ½ cup Dutch processed coca powder, the highest quality possible 
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder 
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda 
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled 
  • 1 ½ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature 
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature (not low fat…they’re cupcakes not muffins) 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips 

For the Ganache: 

  • 4 oz Baker’s German’s Chocolate, chopped finely 
  • ¼ cup half and half 
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

For the Dark Chocolate Butter Cream: 

  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped 
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder like Hershey’s Special Dark 
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, almost room temperature 
  • ¼ cup half and half 
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
  • Large 3 finger pinch kosher salt 
  • 2 ½ pre-sifted confectioners sugar (I sift 3 cups and then measure my 2 ½ cups from the pre-sifted sugar)

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