Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes

A new year! What is it about a new year that can make one feel like a slate that has been wiped clean? New resolutions (yes! this is the year I get organized!), new beginnings, new everything. I can literally feel the unfinished business of 2005 slide of my back like butter off a hot knife. But wait...what to do with the leftover chocolate truffles that I made as Christmas presents? I know, I know. Leftover truffles?! Yes, a bumper crop of the little suckers left me with a load that I couldn't, with good conscience, consume all by myself. So just as I tend to reivent myself with every new year, I likewise found a new identity for my cupcakes!

For the cupcakes, I decided to use the basic recipe for the Nutella Self Frosting Cupcakes I made a while back (a recipe I discovered on the wonderful bakingsheet). As they lent themselves so well to the Nutella, I figured they would also be a great home for my truffles. This time though I deicided to try using the original amount of butter called for (as I get drawn to more butter like a bee to honey) by Donna Hay. Could this be why they are flatter? Pro bakers out there...feel free to clue me in...

Here's the recipe:

Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes
(adapted from Donna Hay's Self Frosting Cupcakes)

- 175 grams butter, softened
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 200 grams all purpose flour, sifted
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- chocolate truffles

Here's what you do:
- Cream butter and sugar until light.
- Add eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated, then add vanilla.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt, then add to sugar/butter/egg mixture until no flour remains.
- In a muffin tin lined with cupcake papers, put a blob of batter in, filling the muffin cup about 1/3 full.
- Nestle a chocolate truffle gently onto the batter then crown with more batter until covered.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 325F oven.
- Cool on a wire rack.

Let it cool a bit before trying one or you will be shocked speechless with a mouthful of scalding chocolate!

Here are the cupcakes (below) looking very innocent, giving no clues as to the dusky chocolate darkness hidden in their hearts.

Flat or no these guys were delicious! I can see how the added butter could definitely have made this too rich...but not for me. They were so moist and soft...and then the oozing chocolate decadence spilling out...woof. I had made these for a weekend trip to C's farm, but had generously offered my brother one (just one) to taste. His proposal to "wrestle me for another" leads me to think that he may have liked them too.