Have Your Own Cake and Eat It Too (Individual Chocolate Cakes)

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 12 large cupcakes
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1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 cup freshly brewed coffee

1/2 cup water or milk

3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa

3 cups all-purpose flour

3 1/4 cups granulated sugar

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon fine salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup sour cream

3 large eggs, room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Chocolate Coconut Glaze:

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

1/2 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

1 to 2 tablespoons corn syrup

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut chips or shredded coconut, lightly toasted


Special equipment:
12 cup jumbo muffin tin
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the large muffin tins with large cupcake liners.
  2. Put the butter, coffee, water, and cocoa in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on HIGH until the butter melts, about 2 minutes. Whisk to combine.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Beat the sour cream with the egg and vanilla in a small bowl. Whisk the hot cocoa mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir in the sour cream mixture just to combine; don't overmix. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin tins, filling each one about 3/4 of the way full (about 2/3 cup per cupcake). Bake cupcakes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  4. Cool the cupcakes completely in the tin on a rack. Remove from liners and return cakes to a rack.
  5. For the glaze: Put chocolate in a medium bowl. Bring coconut milk and corn syrup to a boil, stirring constantly, then pour it over the chocolate. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes, then stir until smooth. Spread 1 tablespoon warm glaze evenly over each cake, then scatter the coconut over the top.

Cook’s Note

We prefer Dutch-process cocoa here over natural cocoa for its fuller, deeper flavor.