These are one of the cupcake varieties that I made on Friday night. Given the rate of devourment on Saturday, I'd say they were a success :D
3c plain flour
3T cocoa powder
1T baking powder
1 1/2c brown sugar
200g dark chocolate chips
1 1/2c milk
120g butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Sift flour, cocoa and baking powder into a large bowl. Add brown sugar and chocolate. Stir to combine. Make a well in the centre and add the milk, eggs and butter. Fold in until just combined - do not over beat.
Fill muffin pans 1/2 full and bake for 12-15 minutes in a 180C oven.
Uh, yum! Yes, these are good cupcakes indeed *licks lips*.
Last time I made these cupcakes it was over at my mother's house, for my sister, who wanted to hand out cupcakes as Christmas presents to all her friends. According to the original recipe, they're supposed to be baked for 20-25 minutes. We did this, but at least the mini ones we made turned out very dry and chewy - not particularly nice at all. So I would definitely recommend the shorter cooking time :)
Also, when I got up on Saturday I decided that 26 cupcakes would not be enough. But we'd run out of brown sugar. So, in the second batch I used white sugar instead of brown, and milk chocolate instead of dark.
The ones made with brown sugar and dark chocolate were a lot more chocolatey, and had a slightly fudgier texture. The white sugar and milk chocolate ones were more like a traditional chocolate cake, though because I used drops rather than chips you did get nice mouthfuls of actual chocolate.
This time I didn't ice the cakes, mostly because I ran out of time. However, the first time I experienced these cakes we served them like this:
Serve cakes hot from the oven, or if you're serving them a few days later, heat them before serving. Insert a pair of tongs (closed) gently into the top of the cupcake, and open them about 2cm. Into this hole, insert two squares of caramel-filled chocolate (we had it so one square was in the cake, and one stuck out the top). Cover with home-made chocolate sauce, and enjoy!
This was absolutely delicious, because the heat of the cupcakes melted the chocolate inside them, and when you cut into it you got mouthfuls of gooey chocolate-caramel goodness. Yu-um!