twd: chocolate-chocolate cupcakes, boo-yah!


for this week's tuesdays with dorie, clara from the wonderful i heart food for thought chose chocolate-chocolate cupcakes and gently suggested doing a halloween theme for decoration.

there had been some lengthy discussion about the texture and crumb being dry, with lots of talk about ratios and flour weights. i don't think there are any "fool-proof" recipes (especially for baking) so i tend to think that any discrepancies mainly occur because of differences in conditions, particularly in the oven. so i decided to proceed as written, but keeping a careful watch on the baking time. i checked in 16 minutes and the toothpick came out wet; only 2 more minutes and it came out completely dry.

orange + brown = halloween?

the result? well first, the batter was soo good! that bowl hardly had to go in the dishwasher i cleaned it so well myself - no shame!

and the cupcake? amazing! moist and chocolately. i did not have any problem with it being a crummy dry crumb. i suspect that was related to my 18 minutes baking, compared to dorie's written 22-25 minutes. i would've preferred a chocolate buttercream, but that's just me (or is it you, too?)

i wasn't at all creative in the halloween department. but do you ever need a pretty reason to eat a chocolately chocolate cupcake??

for the recipe, please click here!

chocolate-chocolate cucpakes


  1. Super duper cute! And so environmental of you to clean the bowl...less water needed to wash! :) The orange frosting is great!

  2. Simple but so pretty! I'm glad they worked out for you.

  3. Love the orange frosting halloween decor. The "boo" is probably my favorite! Glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for baking with me this week!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

  4. they are perfectly decorated for halloween. great job!

  5. those look great, and your decorations far surpassed mine in complexity, that's for sure! glad to hear they came out moist and yummy!

  6. What a coincidence.. I was thinking of making chocolate cupcakes, and was wondering if I should use my normal recipe or try something new. I like that chocolate glaze you used, and the orange piping is really nice too!