C is for Cupcake and cupcake is for me…

nom nom nom.

C is for Chocolate as well.

C is also for Cook, Crazy…etc…

Remember a week ago (or so) when I made those Lemon Meringue cupcakes? I got the great idea to use that cupcake base, but fill them with chocolate instead. Great idea, now for the execution.

I started with the cupcake base from Ming Makes Cupcakes for cupcake #23

Then I made some chocolate pudding from scratch.

Chocolate pudding:

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 Tablespoons Cornstarch

2 Tablespoons dutch processed cocoa powder

1.5 cups milk (whole milk)

1/2 cup heavy cream

4 ounces of milk chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla

Weigh your chocolate

Throw the sugar, cornstarch and cocoa into a heavy bottomed pan.

Turn on heat to about medium high and wisk in milk and cream.

Bring to a boil. Once it starts boiling it is going to thicken quickly so don’t stop stirring. Make sure you have your chocolate chips in a bowl that will not melt if you put boiling hot lava into it. Once the mixture in the pot is thick, pour it over the chocolate chips and stir until they are all melted and combined. Stir in Vanilla. Cover pudding with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or more.

Note: I sent my husband to get me some plastic wrap and he came home with…Press n’ Seal. He stated, “It’s plastic, and you can wrap stuff in it.” I would not recommend using press n’ seal to cover your pudding. It’s not a good substitute.

When you start to assemble your cupcakes. Make sure that your cupcakes are completely cooled before you fill them. Then, fill them with the chocolate pudding and refrigerate them.

Make your favorite chocolate frosting. I’ve made a lot of frosting so I don’t have an exact recipe. I put some butter and cocoa in a pan melt it together over medium heat then start adding powdered sugar until I like the consistency and then add some vanilla.

I can’t say this is the best cupcake I have ever had. It probably falls somewhere in the middle. My chocolate pudding was a little…cornstarch-y. But the rest of it was awesome. I think next time I try this I will do mousse instead. Consistency and moisture wise this was spot on. I still really love cupcakes and think they are just so beautiful to photograph.

My husband agreed that these were good, but the mousse will definitely be a better fit. My kids, have no taste so they loved them simply because they were cupcakes.

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