These delightful cupcakes are hiding an intensely rich, dark chocolate cake underneath. The kind that tastes like your favorite dark chocolate bar or dark chocolate truffle. These cupcakes have just enough sugar to cancel out the bitterness of the chocolate and allow you to revel in a smooth, deep, chocolatey wonderland.
Dark Chocolate Loaded Valentine’s Day Cupcakes are not sweet enough for most kids to enjoy. Oh no, these cupcakes are adult cupcakes. You can customize them with whatever sweet treats you want on top!
Walmart provided everything I needed to make these Dark Chocolate Loaded Valentine’s Day Cupcakes! This doesn’t have to be hard people.
I did make the French Macarons myself for the Taste of Home Magazine’s Bakable February challenge, and I’ll be sharing that recipe here. But you can totally purchase macarons at Costco or Sam’s Club if you want to skip making them at home.
I made the chocolate-covered strawberries at home with store-bought chocolate dip, and I picked up a container of white chocolate Valentine’s Day mix from the Walmart bakery. It was perfect for the cupcakes, and included the conversation hearts, the white chocolate heart-shaped pretzels, and the pink M&M’s candies.
But what’s so fun about these is you can load up YOUR favorite holiday candies on these cupcakes. It’s such an easy way to decorate cupcakes without having to learn crazy frosting piping techniques or purchase fancy frosting tips.
What is the difference between dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate?
Eating chocolate is pure joy. However, working/baking with it can be challenging. There are so many varieties, and each has a unique formulation that requires different handling. You may be looking at this recipe and wondering, “What is the difference between dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate?” Well, I have the answer for you!
Semi-sweet chocolate and dark chocolate are actually in the same category; they both have the same ingredients of cocoa solids, sugar, and an emulsifier. The difference is that semi-sweet chocolate has more sugar than dark chocolate or bittersweet chocolate. There are no set amounts of sugar to define each, and the labeling can be different around the world.
Bittersweet has just enough sugar to counteract most (but not all) of the cocoa bean’s natural bitterness. Dark chocolate is a step above bittersweet with just enough sugar to cancel out the bitterness. Semi-sweet has the most sugar of them all, and is just as the name implies; it’s semi -or somewhat- sweet. In the U.S. semi-sweet usually means there is no more than 50% sugar dissolved into the chocolate.
Frosting Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
I frosted these cupcakes with a Strawberry Buttercream frosting that was bright, sweet and balanced out the dark chocolate-tasting cake underneath. The recipe for it is here.
But please feel free to frost these with YOUR favorite frosting. There are many flavors and recipes that would be delicious on this dark chocolate base- A nice buttercream flavored with caramel, coffee, orange, vanilla, peanut butter, or mint would work great. Don’t forget about creamy whipped frostings too!
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