Flourless chocolate cupcakes

I don’t think these should really even be considered cupcakes – they’re just astonishingly rich. Which is awesome. But I think they probably work better as individually-sized flourless chocolate cakes. I imagine they would rock with some raspberry sauce drizzled on top. I found the recipe here. I bought all of the ingredients for the accompanying frosting, but I can’t imagine the sugar shock the combo of these things and frosting would induce. They’re pretty easy to make, but there’s a lot of waiting and you have to make sure you have room available in the fridge.

1/2 c water
1/4 t salt
3/4 c white sugar
18 ozs bittersweet chocolate, chopped into pieces (I used 5 100g bars of 85% cocoa content chocolate)
1 c unsalted butter, room temperature
3 eggs
3 egg whites, whipped to stiff peaks

Heat oven to 300° F/150° C. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, salt and sugar until everything is dissolved and set aside. Melt the chocolate and pour it into the bowl of an electric mixer. Cut the butter into pieces and mix it into the chocolate one piece at a time. Next, beat in the hot sugar water. Finally, beat in the eggs one at a time. Gently fold in egg whites until just combined. Pour batter into lined cupcake tin (it must be lined – these will not come out without cupcake papers), filling cups about 3/4 full. Place cupcake tin in a larger pan and fill the larger pan halfway with boiling water. Bake cupcakes in their bath for 30 minutes. Remove from oven (centers will look wet) and let them rest for about 15-20 minutes, then put the cupcake tin in the fridge. Don’t remove cupcakes from the tin until they’re cold – otherwise they may lose their shape.

7 thoughts on “Flourless chocolate cupcakes”

  1. Cliff

    This is definitely something we can make in a 1/3 or 1/4 batch next time. ZOMG are they good. Testament to the richness: it’s day three, and half the stash (from our batch of 12) are still in the fridge.

    Extra treat:
    Have a cup of coffee with them. Decrease your normal coffee-sugar additive by about one spoon.

    Other ideas:
    Like Sarah said, with a raspberry sauce over the top. We’d also considered a peanut butter topping (or even working it into the “dough”?) or fileting strawberries into little fans and pressing them into the finished product just after leaving the oven.

  2. Sarah

    Oh, yeah! I forgot to include that the recipe says the yield is about 18 cupcakes – but I think it would make more than that. Possibly 21-24. Which, unless you’re having people over or taking them somewhere, is way too many.

  3. chocolate candy

    Very good recipe…I tried it last night, and its soo easy!

  4. Cliff

    Did you make the cream cheese frosting too? We thought that would have been too much.

    Also — and please don’t take this the wrong way — are you just using our blog to try to link bomb your company with the term “chocolate candy”?

    If so, I feel so slimy and and used.

  5. M

    Excellent recipe. Good for people on a GF diet without the typical artery-clogging 6-8 whole eggs that most flourless chocolate cakes require.
    You’re Cliff1976, no? Interestingly I found this link to your blog on another blog. I’ve been active on BC for 3.5 years and always was impressed by your generosity of creating the members wishlist service. It’s nice that (I assume) Scott decided to assume it into the business of BC. I hope you made a tidy profit, or at least got lifetime wings.
    Your blogroll has a very familiar name on it, although I think Mr.Bones4 dropped the ‘4’ part to his flickr screenname some time ago. If you haven’t seen his photos lately, they’re worth a look. His photography just keep getting better and better…

  6. Cliff

    You’re Cliff1976, no? Interestingly I found this link to your blog on another blog.

    Sure am! (Though the original author of this blog post was the better half.) Who linked to me? Just curious.

    I hope you made a tidy profit, or at least got lifetime wings.

    Profit, ha! I’ve got wings for a while, but I hope to live longer than that.

    I haven’t been in contact with Mr.Bones in quite awhile — he used to be a close neighbor, but we’ve lost touch. I think he moved because his name isn’t on the building where he used to live anymore.

  7. M

    Hi Cliff,

    Thank Sarah for the recipe for me. I’ll definitely give it a whirl.

    As for the link. Yesterday after doing too much research I decided to look up subjects of curiosity on the ‘puter. One subject was German etiquette. This site came up: http://www.elmada.com/
    and that’s where I found the link to your blog. Although I must say I still have no idea what that particular blog has to do with etiquette.

    Curious though, are Germans really that stern? I somehow think culturally they may be getting a bad rap. The one thing I read that is supposedly very German is their interpretation of politeness. Apparently, generally speaking, they interpret politeness as being respectful, while American believe being polite and being friendly are the same thing. I tend to agree with the German (alleged) perspective as I’ve always been put off by instant-friendship type of people. I tend to be from, as I call it, ” ‘The Little Prince’ (ref. to the book) school of friendship”.

    As for Mr.B, he moved out of Regensburg way back in Dec. 2006. Don’t ask me how this exactly came to be from a seemingly simple book trade, but we’ve corresponded for the last 3+ years. We’ve never met, but I think fondly of him and consider him to be one of the very best of the unexpected that can happen in life.

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