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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dark Chocolate Ginger Cupcakes with a Vanilla Mascarpone Frosting

Sorry, but I still can't get enough of the chocolate and ginger combo.   I am addicted.  I just want to put it in everything.  I think they need to make a chocolate ginger cereal.  Oooh...that would be really good!

Regretfully, I only got to sample one of these heavenly scented cupcakes before shipping them out to my daughter's school.  I signed up to bake once a month for hot lunch days.  Which is good, because if these had stayed in the house, I would have eaten them all myself.  Well, maybe I would have to fight my husband for them.  He loves ginger too.

I like that the cupcakes were light an airy.  I wanted to add a light fluffy frosting like my Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting, but that would require the cupcakes to stay refrigerated, so it wouldn't work in this case.  I did use mascarpone cheese anyway, but in more of a buttercream style frosting.

(not pictured- Nielson Massey Vanilla Bean Paste)
I may or may not have squeezed the contents of my pastry bag into my mouth as I savored the creamy mascarpone frosting.  I think I will just blame it on the Elf on a Shelf.  I have seen him get into all sorts of trouble on Instagram.  He made me do it.

These go great with a tall glass of eggnog.  Go ahead and make some for your holiday party.
Dark Chocolate Ginger Cupcakes with a Vanilla Mascarpone Frosting

by The Sweet Chick
Prep Time: 20-30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert ginger cinnamon cloves molasses Christmas cupcake 

Ingredients (30 cupcakes)
    For the cupcakes
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup dark molasses
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 cup boiling water
    For the frosting
    • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese
    • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • 2 tablespoons eggnog (or milk)
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or pure vanilla extract)
    For the cupcakes
    Preheat oven to 350º F. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
    In a large bowl, sift together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
    In a stand mixer place eggs, milk, molasses, and oil. Mix on low for about 1 minute.
    Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix on low for about 3 minutes until all incorporated.
    Stir in boiling water and carefully mix on low until batter is smooth (batter will be thin).
    Pour batter into prepared muffin tins using a small ladle, until 3/4 full.
    Bake at 350º F for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
    Cool completely before frosting.
    For the frosting
    In a stand mixer, cream together the mascarpone and butter until well combined.
    Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, stirring in between.
    Add eggnog (or milk) and vanilla. Mix on medium until all incorporated and smooth.
    Frost cupcakes anyway you like, with a piping bag or a spatula. Feel free to add sprinkles.
    Then go ahead and peel one open and take a bite!
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     (cupcake recipe adapted from Hershey's Kitchens)


    1. Hi there. Food on Friday: Muffins and Cupcakes is open for entries. This looks like a neat one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Please check out some of the great links there are already. Cheers

      1. Hi, nice to meet another Carole. I did go ahead and link these cupcakes for Food on Friday. Thanks for the invite.

    2. These cupcakes are so gorgeous, and wonderfully festive! And I can't get enough of the chocolate-ginger combo.

      1. Thanks. I can't get enough of it either. I have a few more ideas.

    3. Carole, thanks for linking this nice one in to Food on Friday. There is now a great collection of muffin and cupcake ideas to check out! Cheers

      Ps I have just signed up to follow your blog. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful – or have you already followed? Cheers

      1. Your welcome. Yes, I did sign up to follow on GFC.

      2. Carole, thank you for following Carole's Chatter. Cheers

    4. I do love the chocolate and ginger combo, as well. These little cupcakes look perfect. Thank you for sharing!

      1. Thank you. I think you have quite an array of delicious recipes yourself on hubpages.

    5. Yummy cup cakes... kudos to your patience.. Cupcakes look perfect.
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