Recipe for Tender Chocolate Cupcakes


    Tender Chocolate Cupcakes

    Makes 12 cupcakes.

    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened
    1 cup granulated sugar
    2 eggs
    2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate,
        melted and cooled
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 cup milk

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners or butter and flour tins, set aside.

    In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.

    In a medium bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy with mixer on high speed. Gradually add the sugar, beating after each additional and continue beating until the mixture is very light and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the melted chocolate and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Alternately beat in the flour mixture and the milk, just until blended.

    Spoon the muffins into prepared muffin tins.

    Bake until the tops of the cupcakes are springy when pressed with fingertip, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes in the muffin tins on a wire rack.