TWD: Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes

(Please visit Iheartfood4thought for the recipe. Great choice, Clara!)

Last Tuesday as I was reading Tartelette’s post about her Bittersweet Chocolate and Cardamom Cupcakes, I knew I was going to add cardamom to my Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes for TWD.

I have fallen head over heels in love with cardamom this past year and could add a bit to just about everything I bake.

Never, in my humble opinion, has a spice married so well with chocolate. Not even cinnamon or chilies. Not even ginger.

The cupcakes came out super moist, but also very flat. High altitude*? I’m not sure yet.

In any case, this is a really good cupcake recipe. I will definitely make them again. And when I add cardamom, I’ll be sure to add more. (I was shy with a conservative 1/4 tsp.)

I didn’t find them too rich or chocolaty as the recipe says. My kids loved them–those little chocoholics. I have to admit that I was expecting something much darker and richer.

I also didn’t make Dorie’s recipe for the glaze.

Instead, I melted 4 Tbsp. butter with 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate, and let it cool a bit. Then I whisked in 1.5 cups confectioner’s sugar, alternately with a little vanilla extract and about 2-4 tablespoons of heavy cream. I whisked and whisked it until it got super thick and creamy.

Also, they were delicious with plain old cream cheese frosting.

*Stay tuned for a post on high altitude baking. I’ve been doing my research for awhile now. (I didn’t forget about your question, Katie!)

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37 Comments

  1. Ohh, Your cupcakes look fab Lindsey!!! I loved these cupcakes, perhaps a little too much!!! I know . . .
    ME<===No Willpower whatsoever!

  2. I saw Tartlette’s chocolate and cardamom recipe too and thought it would be interesting! I wasn’t as brave as you though as I didn’t give it a go.

  3. I too have found I love cardamon recently!! I love the addition of it to this cupcake and your frosting recipe sounds sinful but delicious!

  4. they look great! mine turned out a bit flat as well.

  5. yes, cardamon and chocolate!

  6. Great looking cupcakes! Mine were a little flat too.

  7. I’m back! And these cupcakes look super yummy!

  8. Dang. Cardamom sounds perfect. Perfect.

  9. They look great.

    I love how you decorated them.

  10. yum, cardamom sounds delicious! i will have to give that a try. your frosting looks yummy :)

  11. I’m going to use your icing recipe next time, it sounds incredible! Your cupcakes look great. :)

  12. These look amazing! Cardamom is a nice twist. Would you mind replying to this comment to share the type of camera you have? I’m in the market and can tell this is a good one! Thanks, Kelly

  13. I need to try cardamom! I have never put it into baked goods and it sounds phenomenal!

  14. Hmmm…I like the idea of cardamom with chocolate. I’ve never had it, but I’ll have to try it. I used chili and cayenne in mine and loved it!

  15. Those look amazing Lindsey. I love the idea of adding cardamom for extra spice. Again, amazing!

  16. I need to get my hands on come Cardamon…that sounds amazing!

  17. Yum! These look sooo good! Chocolate cake or cupcakes are my one true ‘sweet tooth’ weakness. NO way I can just eat one slice or one cupcake. I can’t be stopped.(i’m not kidding)

    I love the idea of the cardamom. I’ve gotta try that. I was reading about cardamom in herbal form. It actually detoxifies the body of excess caffeine consumption. How great is that?! So, problem solved & now I can justify eating more than one cupcake. The cardamom will detox the choc’s caffeine as I eat it. Ahh….life is good!(hmm…if only it detoxed the calories away!) But who’s counting. ;-)

    jenny from Ky!

  18. I love the addition of caradom! Great idea!

  19. Beautiful cupcakes…and I’m at sea level and still had flat ones, so who knows?? I will have to try the cardamom-chocolate combo sometime soon. Cardamom is so expensive, I’ll have to use it up somehow!

  20. I am so intrigued about cardamom now. I’ve never used it but I might have to add it to my shopping list on your rec. Thanks for baking with me this week!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

  21. I love cardamom! I will have to try adding it the next time I make chocolate cupcakes :) Yours look delish :)

  22. Awesome! I’m so excited!

    I read in a cook’s illustrated that I’m supposed to add a touch more flour, use a lower baking temp and reduce the sugar…but how much? Am I just supposed to guess or something?

    High altitude baking is the pits!

  23. It would never have occurred to me to add cardamom. Very intriguing.

  24. Sorry they weren’t what you were hoping for in looks, but I’m glad they tasted great. “Technically” we are supposedly not at high altitude here for baking purposes, but I’ll tell you, sometimes it really makes a difference. I am always so excited when I get cupcakes that don’t flatten out (but, most of them do here). I’m looking forward to your H.A. post!

  25. Chocolate and cardamom are a match made in heaven! Your cupcakes look wonderful!

  26. Those look amazing Lindsey and I love the frosting your put on top- yum!

  27. Looks great! I love the idea of the cardamom.

  28. I think that it was a good idea not to make Dorie’s glaze – I wasnt a fan of it

  29. Wow, those look great! I’ve never tasted cardamon before, it sounds like an interesting addition. I was wondering how you get your batter to look so whipped? Once I add the liquid after adding the first bit of flour, it all curdles. Am I adding the liquid too quickly? I think I’m a little freaked out about overmixing that I may be severely undermixing… hahah

  30. I have yet to try Cardamom. Although I did find the organic spices in my grocery store today! Love the cute sprinkles on top.

  31. I’ve never had cardamon before, but it’s good to hear it pairs very well with chocolate. I love the last picture :)

  32. Oh, caramom, how wonderful. It’s my new favorite spice also – ever since the dimply plum cake (which I’ve made a gazillion times since we did it for TWD). I’ll try that the next time I bake with chocolate.
    Nancy

  33. Hi :)
    Very very good recipe !
    The cupcakes tase awful.
    I need more recipes like that one !
    greets , Flug

  34. I’m seeing cardamom popping up in lots of recipes lately. I love it! Your cream cheese frosting sounds great too.

  35. Mmmm, that batter looks sinful!! Glad you enjoyed them :)

  36. Cardamom and chocolate are meant to be together, that’s for sure. I love the idea of topping them with cream cheese frosting too. Also, my cupcakes didn’t crown on top and were fairly flat and I’m at sea level, so it might just be the recipe…?

  37. I’ve been perfecting a cardamom and lemon chiffon cake with rose water and pistachio fresh cream for my upcoming gourmet club. LOVE it! Sounds so unusal but it totally works! LOVE the cardamom!

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