Recipe: Chocolate mud cupcakes with chocolate fudge frosting – The Cookbook Challenge Week 24 ‘Chocolate’ theme

by April@MyFoodTrail on June 23, 2010

in Baking, Cookbook Challenge 2010, Cupcakes, Icing | Frosting, Recipes

Theme: Chocolate
Cookbook: The Crabapple Bakery Cupcake Cookbook by Jennifer Graham

Ah, chocolate! It always surprises me to find females who don’t like chocolate since I absolutely love it! It would have to be my number 1 dessert ingredient. 99% of the time I will choose a chocolate dessert over a fruit based one. I used to be a strictly milk chocolate kind of gal, but lately I have been enjoying dark chocolate desserts, as long as they’re not too bitter.

I was tasked with bringing dessert for a friend’s dinner and ended up choosing chocolate mud cupcakes because it gave me a chance to use my Crabapple Bakery cupcake cookbook for the first time.

I bought this cookbook from Book Depository UK. If you don’t already buy your books from Book Depository, you should definitely check it out as the prices are a lot less than bookstores here. The Crabapple Bakery cookbook retails for $29.95 but I got it from Book Depository for around $16. It totally doesn’t make sense to me because the book had to be sent to the UK from the Australian publisher, then sent from the UK to me in Australia and yet I got it cheaper than any discounted price I could find here in Australia! Crazy!

The original recipe was for 24 cupcakes, but I halved the ingredients to make 12 and that’s what I have listed below. The original recipe called for a different icing, but I used the chocolate fudge frosting from the back section of the cookbook.

Chocolate mud cupcakes
Makes 12

Chocolate cupcakes - Finished

1tbsp + 2 tsp instant coffee granules
90ml hot water
125g unsalted butter, chopped
150g good quality dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup plain flour
1/8 tsp salt
¾ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp bicarb soda
1 cup caster sugar
¼ cup cocoa
2 eggs
2 tbsp vegetable oil
¼ cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cases.

2. Dissolve coffee in hot water.

3. Put butter, chocolate and dissolved coffee into a heatproof bowl and place over a large saucepan of simmering water. Stir continuously with a spatula until chocolate and butter have melted. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder, bicarb soda, sugar and cocoa and mix until well combined. Make a well in the centre and set aside.

5. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, vegetable oil and buttermilk until combined and pour into the dry ingredients. Mix all ingredients together.

6. Add in chocolate mixture and mix in carefully until thoroughly combined.

7. Spoon mixture into paper cases, filling until just over half full (this mixture rises a lot).

8. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from the tray immediately and cool on a wire rack before frosting. I also grated some chocolate over the top of the frosted cupcakes.

Chocolate cupcakes - Baked

Chocolate fudge frosting

3 ¾ cups icing sugar, sifted
½ cup cocoa, sifted
100g unsalted butter, softened
90ml milk
½ tsp vanilla extract

Add the sifted icing sugar and cocoa to a bowl and stir until well mixed.

2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter for 1 to 2 minutes.

3. Add the milk, vanilla and half the icing mixture to the butter and beat for at least 3 minutes or until the mixture is light and fluffy.

4. Add the remaining icing sugar and beat for a further 3 minutes or until the mixture is light and fluffy and a spreadable consistency. Add extra milk if the frosting is too dry or extra icing sugar if the mixture is too wet.

Chocolate cupcakes - Inside

Overall: I used a mix of Lindt dark chocolate and Lindt 70% chocolate so the mud cakes were very dark with a more bitter taste than I would have liked. They were also very crumbly so it was hard to eat them without making a mess! It reminded me of the cheap Coles / Safeway chocolate mud cakes. I prefer my mud cakes to be dense and almost fudgey like. They were slightly less crumbly the next day which is when you are supposed to be eating mud cakes anyway. The frosting was sweet, but not overly sweet and I think the mud cupcakes needed some kind of frosting. The frosting was quite soft so was only suitable for spreading, not piping and it didn’t set at room temperature.

Would I make it again? No but I’d use the frosting recipe again.

Over & Out, April xx

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Iron Chef Shellie June 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I have the book… never made a think outta it 😛

I'll catch up eventually!


ms s loveridge June 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm

i really like the lighting on your first photo 😉
nice work


Forager June 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm

The photo of the shiny frosting makes them so tempting – perfect with a cup of tea right now!


Betty @ The Hungry Girl June 23, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I was always a milk chocolate girl too but now that I'm older, I'm really loving dark chocolate 🙂


mademoiselle délicieuse June 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Remember when chocolate mud cakes were THE thing? Every cafe had one on its dessert menu and there was nowhere you could go without seeing one!

I tend to skimp a bit on mud cakes and only use dark chocolates which don't necessarily specify its percentage, but I reserve the good stuff for when it matters – like chocolate sauces or fillings =p


Ange June 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm

They sound really full on, I love my chocolate but like it broken up with other flavours too, pity they didnt work out


penny aka jeroxie June 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I don't understand anyone that does not love chocolate. I love mini mud cakes if there is any.


Esz June 24, 2010 at 7:43 am

Oh they look yum!
Chocolate is one of my faves too and I'll usually pick it over somethinf fruity. I figure if you're gonna be decadent, then why not go all out and go for chocolate!

As for Book Depository – I LOVE that site. Not sure how they don't run at a loss with the free postage. I think there's some crazy tax on selling books here in Aus which is what makes the so expensive.


imasugarjunkie June 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I have this book and have made quite a few recipes out of it, although havent made that one before! I usually make the dinosaur rock cupcake one – that is a nice balance of chocolate and light fluffiness!


ajcabuang04 June 25, 2010 at 7:37 am

These look delicious!! Chocolate cupcakes are one of my favs!!

Would you mind checking out my blog? 😀


Gourmet Getaway June 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Wow!! The look great, very yummy! The images are really good too!


Clare @ Mrs Multitasker June 25, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Allo April! I like my homemade choc cakes crumbly! I'm sure yours tasted fine! I love the choc shavings on top!

But def true that there are many mediocre cupcake recipes out there… I haven't been happy with half of those i tried…


Emma @CakeMistress June 27, 2010 at 12:30 am

Ooh, not sure enough of that chocolate frosting would make it onto the cupcakes. It would all be in my mouth, he he.

I've got their cupcake book too, but I've found a few of their recipes really crumbly like you noticed, or too sugar-heavy.


Agnes June 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm

I used to hate dark chocolate, but now I totally love it. The darker the better! It's interesting how your tastes change over time.

Your cupcakes look really good and (confession) I rather like those Coles/Safeway chocolate mud cakes! Haha.


Megan July 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Your cupcakes look great! I'm a girl and I don't really like chocolate. But I just love looking at them. What I do love is white chocolate so I've been making caramel mudcake instead.


Adrian @ Food Rehab July 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm

mmm, chocolate on chocolate. Regardless of how they turned out, hell, ship them my way sista! LOL


Conor @ Hold the Beef July 4, 2010 at 2:14 am

I made this recipe a couple of months ago, and was so unhappy with the taste that I binned them and made some other ones! My first real fail of the cookbook. Good to know it's not just me who didn't like em, though always sad to see chocolate 'wasted' 🙁


Leslie July 4, 2010 at 10:15 am

My goodness! This is so good!! Now I really want that oven! I bet my son would beg for these everyday 🙂


April @ My Food Trail July 6, 2010 at 10:15 am

Hi Iron Chef Shellie: Ha, I have a number of cookbooks I've never made anything out of too! There are a lot of mouthwatering cakes in this cookbook though.

Hi ms s loveridge: Thanks! I normally have to take my photos at night, but I was able to take these cupcakes with natural light.

Hi Forager: The shiny frosting definitely makes the cupcake more appealing!

Hi Betty: I guess it is our tastes "growing up"!

Hi mademoiselle délicieuse: I think a lot of people still like them because I get a lot of Google hits for mud cakes!

Hi Ange: I have no problem with chocolate on chocolate but can understand it might be a bit full on for some!

Hi Penny: These are like mini mudcakes!

Hi Esz: Hehe, I would choose to have my calories in chocolate too!

Hi imasugarjunkie: I'll have to try the dinosaur rock cupcakes.

Hi ajcabuang04: Thanks for visiting! Will check out your blog too.

Hi Gourmet Getaway: Thanks! Natural lighting really makes a world of difference to photos!

Hi Clare: The chocolate on chocolate needed something else so I added extra chocolate shavings!

Hi Emma: Ooh, glad to know I'm not alone in thinking they're crumbly! Thanks for the info about being too sugar heavy too, shall adjust the sugar if I try other recipes.

Hi Agnes: Hehe, if you love the Coles/Safeway ones, these will be the cupcakes for you! They have a dark bitter chocolate taste too.

Hi Megan: I only recently discovered that caramel mudcakes are made using white chocolate!

Hi Adrian: I shall keep that in mind for next time! 🙂

Hi Conor: Phew, glad someone else shares my opinion! The pity is that it is real chocolate that gets wasted, not cocoa!

Hi Leslie: Thanks!


MH Zurish Quiros July 24, 2010 at 10:06 am

Oh my goodness! I love dark chocolate! I'll have it. If I were at Melbourne, then I would have bought it from you!


April @ My Food Trail July 28, 2010 at 10:58 am

Hi MH Zurish Quiros: It's a great cake if you love the richness and bitterness of dark chocolate.


Spencer October 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm

How great do these look? I could easily eat a dozen of them!


April @ My Food Trail October 7, 2010 at 11:11 am

Hi Spencer: Thanks! 🙂


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