Friday, July 23, 2010

Mississippi Mud Cupcakes

Mississippi Mud Cupcakes [photo]

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to meee, happy birthday dear Marisaaaaaaa, happy biiiirthday to me! I decided to take a day off work on Wednesday (it's criminal to work on your birthday don't you think?) and spend the day  surfing the web and baking cupcakes.

Well, that was the plan. Unfortunately our internet service was down (Booo!) and I had to occupy myself with other, more nerdy pursuits, the details of which I'll spare you.  I did manage to whip up two dozen decadent cupcakes (say that five times fast) to celebrate though. And I feel no shame in admitting that I spent the day eating said cupcakes, speckled eggs (these were procured for legitimate purposes, I swear - refer to photos), and fistfuls of peanuts & raisins. On a side-note, I seriously need to do something about my peanut & raisin addiction. It's getting out of control.

Mississippi Mud Cupcakes [photo]

But I'll deal with that later; first, I need to polish the remainder of the cupcakes. TheHusband, helpful soul that he is, has generously offered to help me with this arduous task. If ever you've wanted a hit of chocolate indulgence, look no further, this is truly *it*. And if you don't know what *it* is, then you're clearly not a chocoholic. In which case we really need to get you that appointment with the psychiatrist. Or shove one of these biscuity-crunchy, choc-chip-fudgy cupcakes in your mouth to make you come to your senses. Speckled eggs optional.
Mississippi Mud Cupcakes [photo]

Mississippi Mud Cupcakes
Adapted from Dana Treat (Original source: Cupcakes! book)
Makes 24

For the cupcake batter:
100g (3 1/3 oz) dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup cake flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup water

To assemble:
2 1/4 cup roughly chopped chocolate sandwich cookies*
150g (5 oz) dark chocolate chips

To decorate:
100g (3 1/3 oz) dark chocolate, chopped

*To give you an approximate idea of yield, I used a 200g packet of Romany Creams plus a 125g packet of generic sandwich cookies.

1. Preheat your oven to 180C (350F). Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners and set aside.
2. Start making your batter - melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler over low heat, stir to dissolve everything and set aside to cool down slightly.
3. In a large bowl, combine oil and sugar and beat briefly with an electric whisk. Add eggs, one by one, beating after each addition.
4. Add vanilla essence and beat for another minute or so or until batter lightens slightly and looks creamy. Add sour cream and beat until fully incorporated (you should see no more white streaks).
5. Sift the dry ingredients together - flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt - then add half to the batter. Stir to combine, then add water, stirring again to ensure it is properly mixed in before adding the remainder of the flour mixture. Beat briefly to incorporate the flour - the result should be a smooth looking batter. I found it to be slightly more runny than normal cake batter, but this won't pose a problem as we will be layering it with drier ingredients.
6. To assemble the cupcakes - place a tablespoon full of the chopped cookies in the bottom of each cupcake liner. Top with a spoonful of chocolate chips (approx 6 per cupcake), then pour over a scant (i.e not filled to the brim!) 1/4 cup of batter. Top with another spoonful of cookies and the remainder of the chocolate chips. Press the topping slightly into the batter (but not so much that it drowns in the batter...).
7. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Remove from the pan and allow to cool on a wire-rack.
8. To decorate, melt chocolate and drizzle over the cooled cupcakes.

20 comments:

Umm Mymoonah on July 23, 2010 1:01 am said...

happy birthday to you Marissa, those cup cakes looks so delicious, beautiful presentation.

girlichef on July 23, 2010 1:31 am said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!! This cupcakes look like that smack any chocolate craving across the face- hard!! YUM!!! I wish I could find chocolate sandwich cookies like that...they look way better than any I see around here ;)

Swathi on July 23, 2010 1:56 am said...

Happy birth day to you. Cup cakes looks awesome. nice one.

Joanne on July 23, 2010 2:28 am said...

Happy birthday babe! Spending your birthday baking cupcakes is definitely the way to go...it's the gift that keeps on giving. Especially when they're chocolate death. Like these are.

Selena Ze Arteest on July 23, 2010 3:27 am said...

Happy Birthady Marisa! I would like to try your birthday chocolate too ))

nina on July 23, 2010 5:16 am said...

Love it, love the playfulness of the photos. How fast exactly did you scoff down those cupcakes!!

Monet on July 23, 2010 8:17 am said...

Happy Birthday! I just found your blog today, and I'm excited to see these Mississippi cupcakes. I love baking so much that I always ask to bake my own birthday cake...nothing could be more fun!

Jessica on July 23, 2010 8:51 am said...

*stares in awe* I see chocolatey things on my horizon...
Where did you get those super cute cupcake liners?

tandysinclair.com on July 23, 2010 9:00 am said...

Oh, anything chocolate works for me :)

Kit on July 23, 2010 9:19 am said...

On no, just when I'd succumbed to your last chocolate muffin recipe, you tempt me with another even more decadent one!

Happy Birthday, glad you celebrated in style!

Marisa on July 23, 2010 9:22 am said...

Thanks for all the birthday wishes everyone!

@Girlichef - try these with Oreos, they should taste superb.

@Jessica - Those are actually 3 cupcake liners that I layered. I baked it in the white ones with little pink hearts on them, then added a pure white liner and then cut up a multi-coloured spotted one to fit over the bottom. I've seen them at all the regular stores - Checkers, Spar. Not sure of P&P, but these are pretty generic, so should find it there too.

Claudz on July 23, 2010 11:13 am said...

Happy belated birthday!!
These look yum yum!

Mary on July 23, 2010 4:28 pm said...

Happy Birthday, Marissa. This is my first visit to your blog, but having browsed through your earlier posts I can tell you it won't be my last. I really like your recipes and the welcoming tone of your blog. I hope the day treats you well. Blessings...Mary

Chef Fresco on July 23, 2010 7:54 pm said...

Thanks for visiting our blog! I hope you had a wonderful birthday. These cupcakes are too adorable! The photos are great as well.

ajcabuang04 on July 23, 2010 10:07 pm said...

Happy Birthday!! These look really good!! Love your photos as well!!
Would you mind checking out my blog? :D http://ajscookingsecrets.blogspot.com/

Mary @ Bites and Bliss on July 23, 2010 10:55 pm said...

Happy birthday!! No better way to celbrate than with awesome cupcakes like these! :)

Nadji on July 24, 2010 7:51 pm said...

Happy birthday.
Ces cupcakes semblent délicieux.
See soon.

kuriouskitteh on July 24, 2010 11:15 pm said...

Happy belated birthday, Marisa!
Sounds like you chose the perfect way to celebrate ;).
I adore those speckled eggs <3. & peanuts and raisins mixed with rice is absolute love.

~Kurious Kitteh

Anonymous on August 02, 2010 3:54 pm said...

Happy Birthday Marisa!!

And it's just fabulous that you took the day off (agreed, it's criminal not to).

Love your writing style and the fresh fresh feel of your site.

Hope all is well!

Whipping It Up on August 02, 2010 3:56 pm said...

Oh, that's from Lana (WIU) by the way!

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