Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Hazelnuts and Cinnamon Ganache

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  • Total Time: 0 hrs 45 mins
  • Hands-on Time: 0 hrs 20 mins
  • Makes: 12 servings

Beautiful dark chocolate cupcakes meet the warm flavors of toasted hazelnuts and organic-cinnamon-infused dark chocolate ganache.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chunks, divided

    1/2 cup butter, softened

    1 cup sugar

    2 large eggs

    1 teaspoon Frontier Co-op Organic Vanilla Extract

    1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

    1/2 cup Frontier Co-op Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Powder

    1/2 teaspoon Frontier Co-op Baking Soda

    1/2 teaspoon Frontier Co-op Baking Powder

    1/4 teaspoon sea salt

    3/4 teaspoon Frontier Co-op Fair Trade Organic Ceylon Cinnamon

    1/2 cup whole milk

    1 cup heavy cream

    Toasted hazelnuts, chopped, for topping

Directions

    1. In a double boiler over medium heat, slowly melt 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks, stirring continuously, then remove from heat.

    2. With a mixer, beat softened butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, scraping down sides of bowl. Add melted chocolate and stir until well combined.

    3.In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet, add milk and beat until batter is well combined.

    4. Divide batter into 12 cupcake liners. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until a knife or toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then move to a cooling rack to finish.

    5. While cupcakes are baking, combine remaining 1 cup dark chocolate and heavy cream in double boiler. Heat over medium heat, stirring continuously, until chocolate has completely melted and is thoroughly combined with cream. Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon. Let cool until thickened but not too hardened to stir.

    6. To frost cupcakes, use a wooden spoon to whip ganache until it lightens slightly in color. Spread about 2 tablespoons on top of each cupcake, then sprinkle with cinnamon and chopped toasted hazelnuts.

     

    RECIPE TIP:

    If the ganache hardens before you frost your cupcakes, re-heat gently over double boiler until soft and smooth.

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