Operator Coffee Chocolate Cupcakes
Blog post by @lady_linecook, Emily S., of thewoma.org
Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Here’s my recipe for decadent chocolate cake. I’ve replaced the water with Operator Coffee to give the cake a more luscious and full-bodied taste. This recipe makes 2 each 9-inch cakes or 24 cupcakes. Enjoy!
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (64 g) Dutch-process or natural cocoa
- 1 3/4 cups (354g) granulated sugar
- 8 tablespoons (113g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup (64g) vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
- 1 cup (227g) milk
- 1/2 cup (113g) Operator Coffee, room temperature
- 4 large eggs
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour your choice of pans: one 9″ x 13″ pan, two 9″ round pans, three 8″ round pans, or two 12 piece cupcake pans.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa, and sugar into a large mixing bowl.
- Add the butter and mix at low speed for 1 minute. With the mixer running, add the oil and continue mixing until the mixture looks sandy, about 30 seconds more.
- In a large measuring cup, combine the vanilla with the milk and coffee, and add all at once to the dry ingredients. Mix for 1 minute at low speed, stop and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, then mix for 30 seconds more.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well at medium-high speed between additions.
- Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl and mix for 30 seconds more. The batter will be thin and silky.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared pan(s) of your choice. Smooth out the tops of the layers with an offset spatula.
- Bake for 34 minutes for a 9″ x 13″ pan, 28 to 30 minutes for 9″ layers, 24 to 26 minutes for 8″ layers, and 20 to 22 minutes for cupcakes.
- The cake is done when the top springs back when very lightly touched in the center, and the edges just begin to pull away from the edge of the pan. A cake tester inserted in the center will come out clean.
*Remove the cake from the oven and let cool completely in the pan(s) on a rack before turning out of the pans to frost.