Milk Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Icing
- One 18 1/4-ounce box milk chocolate cake mix
- 1 1/4 cups chocolate milk
- 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- One 12-ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Small silver edible dragees or candied violet flowers, for decorating, optional
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two 12-cup standard muffin tins with 18 silver foil cupcake liners.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, chocolate milk, oil and eggs. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping down the bowl to be sure the batter is well incorporated.
In a microwave, melt 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips at 10-second intervals, about 1 minute total. Add 1 cup batter to the melted chocolate and stir well to combine (it may clump slightly but will smooth out). Place into a plastic resealable bag and cut off the corner. Take a small ice cream scoop and fill each cup with 1 scoop (about 1 tablespoon) of cake batter, about one-quarter of the way up the cupcake paper. Pipe about 1 tablespoon batter with melted chocolate in each batter-filled cup. Top each with another scoop (about 1 tablespoon) of the remaining cake batter.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the cakes comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
While the chocolate icing is still slightly warm, dip the tops of the cupcakes in the icing. Place on a wire cooling rack, sprinkle with dragees or top with a candied flower, if using, and allow the icing to set.
Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee