Chocolate Mayo Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes
As you know, Joel and I aren’t chocolate fans but our little man is quite crazy about it. Because of this little fact, I knew he had to have chocolate cupcakes for his birthday party (I also made lemonade ones to fit into the yellow theme and to make us happy). Once he saw them he was wildly saying “cucake” over and over again. He has just a bit of a sweet tooth, don’t you think?

Once it was time, we lit candles and sang happy birthday. I wish you all could have seen the look on his face. He seemed very worried and concerned over why 30 people were staring at him and singing. He really was quite freaked out. But then the cupcake was plopped down in front of him and he went into a chocolate daze.
Chocolate Cupcakes
He blew out the candles all on his own then picked up the cupcake, looked at it…
Chocolate Cupcakes
and stuck his face in the frosting.
Chocolate Cupcakes
He tested the frosting for awhile…
Chocolate Cupcakes
then decided to stick the cupcake wrapper on his head as his hat (he has an obession with hats too).

He never actually tried the cake so I made sure that it didn’t go to waste and it was one of the best chocolate cakes that I have ever eaten. Just because I don’t care for chocolate cake doesn’t mean I don’t eat it…I keep trying it to see if it grows on me. And this cake is more than ok in my book. It was incredibly moist and had a light texture for a chocolate cake, due to the mayo. I know mayo sounds weird but trust me, it’s good!

The frosting was velvety smooth and had a wonderfully rich chocolate flavor without being too much. I had never made a sour cream frosting but I definitely will be whipping it up more often in the future.

When the cake was combined with the chocolate frosting it was a bit too rich for me but I’m sure most would love the double chocolate hit. I personally think the cake would pair wonderfully with Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting. And the chocolate frosting would be great on a yellow cake to add some intense richness.

Chocolate Mayo Cake
recipe from Bon Appetit

2 ounces bittersweet chocolate  (do not exceed 61% cacao), chopped
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups boiling  water
2 3/4 cups all purpose  flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking  soda
1/4 teaspoon baking  powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup (packed) dark brown  sugar
1 1/3 cups mayonnaise (do not  use reduced-fat or fat-free)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla  extract

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 20 muffin cups with liners. Combine chopped chocolate and cocoa powder  in medium metal bowl. Add 1 3/4 cups boiling water  and whisk until chocolate is  melted and mixture is smooth.

2. Sift flour, baking soda, and baking powder into another medium  bowl. Using electric mixer, beat both sugars and mayonnaise in large bowl until  well blended, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until well blended  after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture in 4 additions  alternately with chocolate mixture in 3 additions, beating until blended after each addition and occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.

3. Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean,  15-25 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan for 5 minutes then remove to wire rack. One cooled pipe or spread chocolate frosting on top (recipe follows).

Chocolate Frosting
recipe from Annie Eats

9.5 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
6 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
4 tbsp. unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup plus 1 tbsp. sour cream

1. To make the frosting, melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water.  Set aside to cool until just barely warm.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.  Gradually mix in the confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder and salt.  Beat in the melted and cooled chocolate and then the sour cream.  Continue beating until the mixture is smooth and well blended.  Frost cupcakes immediately before the chocolate hardens and the frosting sets.
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