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Chocolate Mousse-Filled Cupcakes

Updated February 23, 2016
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These cupcakes are a grown-up version of the store-bought treats beloved by children. Devil’s food cupcakes are filled with a luscious chocolate mousse center and topped with a coating of chocolate ganache.

A great ratio for strong brewed coffee is 2 tbsp (25 mL) finely ground French-roast coffee or espresso for every ¾ cup (175 mL) water.

The cupcakes will keep for up to 1 day, but they are best eaten the day they are made.

Makes18 cupcakes

Cooking Methodbaking

CostModerate

Moderate

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party

Recipe Coursedessert, snack

Mealdinner, lunch, snack, tea

Taste and Texturechocolatey, creamy, rich, sweet

Type of Dishchocolate cake, chocolate dessert

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups (375 ml) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (175 ml) unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda
  • 1 tsp 5 ml) baking powder
  • ¼ tsp (1 ml) salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1¾ cups (425 ml) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (125 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
  • 1¼ cups (300 ml) strong brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature (see Notes)
  • 1/3 cup (75 ml) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) strong brewed coffee
  • ¾ cup (175 ml) whipping (35%) cream
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) confectioners (icing) sugar
  • 2/3 cup (150 ml) whipping (35%) cream
  • 1 cup (250 ml) semisweet chocolate chips
  • Two 12-cup muffin pans, greased or lined with paper liners
  • Baking sheet

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a large bowl, using electric mixer, beat eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla until creamy. Add flour mixture, beating just until combined. Beat in coffee until smooth. Do not overbeat.

Fill 18 prepared muffin cups with batter. Bake in preheated oven for 22 to 24 minutes, until cupcakes are just firm to the touch and a tester inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Let cool in pans on racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool completely on racks. If baked with paper liners, remove liners.

Filling: In a microwave-safe dish, combine chocolate chips and coffee. Microwave on High for 2 ½ minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is shiny and almost melted. Stir until smooth. Remove from microwave and stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Let cool slightly.

In a large bowl, using electric mixer, whip cream and confectioner’s sugar until almost stiff peaks. Add melted chocolate mixture, beating just until incorporated. Finish mixing by hand with a rubber spatula.

Using a sharp paring knife, gently cut a ¾-inch (2 cm) cone from the bottom of each cupcake and trim point off cone. Using a small spoon, fill each hole with chocolate cream filling and replace reserved cones. Place on prepared baking sheet and refrigerate while preparing glaze.

Glaze: In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave cream on High until it starts to simmer, about 40 seconds. Add chocolate chips and whisk until melted and shiny. Stir until smooth. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Dip tops of each filled cupcake in chocolate glaze. Place dipped cupcakes on prepared baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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