Dark Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes

Pressing chocolate truffles into the centers of warm homemade cupcakes creates a simple yet decadent dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sugar
  • ½ cup (125 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) baking soda
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) baking powder
  • ¾ cup (175 mL) water
  • ⅓ cup (175 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
  • 1   egg
  • 12   dark or white chocolate truffles
  •  Additional unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Place paper liners in the wells of the  Muffin Pan. In a Stainless (4-qt./4-L) Mixing Bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder and mix well. Add the water, oil, and vanilla. Beat on the low speed of an electric hand mixer just until combined. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the egg and beat an additional 2 minutes or until well blended. Using a Large Scoop, divide the batter evenly among the liners.

  2. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Remove the pan from oven to a Stackable Cooling Rack. While the cupcakes are warm, snip a ½"-deep (1-cm) "x" into the top of each cupcake using the Professional Shears. Press one truffle into each cupcake until it's flush with the top of the cupcake. Cool for 20 minutes or until the cupcakes are cool enough to handle. (Truffles will melt into the cupcakes.)

  3. Carefully remove the cupcakes from the pan and remove the paper liners. Sprinkle the cupcakes with additional cocoa powder using the Flour & Sugar Shaker.

Yield:

  • 12  servings of 1 cupcake

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 240, Total Fat 13 g, Saturated Fat 5 g, Cholesterol 20 mg, Carbohydrate 32 g, Protein 3 g, Sodium 75 mg, Fiber 2 g

U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:

1 starch, 1 fruit, 2 1/2 fat (3 carb)

Cook's Tips:

For a quick way to gauge how deeply to snip into the cupcakes, measure ½" (1 cm) from the tip of the Professional Shears.

Keep the cupcakes steady when removing them from the pan and removing the paper liners. The truffle filling is fluid and can spill easily.

The cupcakes can be made about 1 hour in advance, and the truffles will stay fluid.

Jazz up these cute desserts by tying a seasonal-specific colored ribbon around the base of each cupcake.

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