I know the grocery stores are already busting out the pink Valentine’s Day cards and candy but I’m still playing Christmas music and watching Christmas movies with hot chocolate on the couch. I mean really, who is out buying their Valentines Day cards this soon?
Salted Chocolate Cupcakes
- 1 box chocolate or devil's food cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 C. melted butter slightly cooled
- 3/4 C. milk or buttermilk
- 3/4 C. sour cream
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 C. chocolate chips I used semi-sweet
- 1/3 C. heavy whipping cream
- coarse salt for sprinkling
- 1 C. butter softened
- 1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp. milk more as needed
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 - 4 C. powdered sugar
Coarse salt for sprinkling
Chocolate dipped pretzels for decoration
- NOTE: If you live in a hot place you may want to decrease Ganache cream amount from 1/3 to 1/4 Cup.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into a small bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, butter, milk, sour cream and vanilla extract until smooth.
4. Stir in cake mix.
5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 17-22 minute or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
6. Let cool.
7. Ganache: Use a double boiler to melt cream and chocolate together and stir until smooth. (You can also just microwave the two together, but make sure you use a bowl meant for microwaving, some bowls get scorching hot and that will burn you chocolate.)
8. Dip the tops of your cupcakes in ganache, then sprinkle with a little coarse salt. I used my left over ganache to dip some pretzels I had on hand, put them on foil and popped them in the freezer to set.
9. Buttercream: Beat butter for 2 minutes. Add cocoa powder, milk and vanilla extract and beat again. Slowly add in powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. If it becomes too thick, add more milk.
10. Once the ganache on the cupcakes have set (should only take about 10 minutes) pipe buttercream onto cupcakes and sprinkle a little coarse salt and top with a pretzel! Be careful to not put on too much salt!
After the sugar coma that is Christmas, I think most of us are ready for a dessert that has ZERO eggnog and peppermint AND maybe has a little slaty kick.
Fresh out of the oven…love my huge cupcake pan.
If you want a “low calorie” cupcake you can just stop here, the ganache is rich and fabulous with no buttercream at all.
These pretzels were left over from my Reindeer Cupcakes, but a quick dip in chocolate and they were ready for these cupcakes!
Last photos in Illinois, back to Utah for me!