Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes

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April 6, 2017

By: Michelle

An easy chocolate cupcake that will cure any chocolate lover's craving. I find that, instead of using frosting, a bit of chocolate syrup on the top works best!

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 18 Servings

Ingredients

3/4 cup shortening

1 2/3 cups white sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon instant coffee granules

1 pinch cayenne pepper

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups water

Directions

1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 12 cup muffin pans or line with 18 paper baking cups.

2In a medium bowl, beat the shortening and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla, instant coffee and cayenne pepper.

3Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into the batter, alternating with the water, just until blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.

4Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes.

5ool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter and frost as desired.

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