Here are the cupcakes I mentioned (in A Bad Day for Dieting). I made them for a POM Wonderful cupcake contest to support heart disease research. Check out my recipe below for Heart of POM Devil’s Food Cupcakes with POM frosting – and don’t forget to vote!
POM Cupcake Batter
DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE
1-1/2 cups cake flour
1/3 cup POM Wonderful juice
1/2 cup unsweetened, Dutch-processed cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (4 ounces) butter
1-1/3 cups (10 ounces) superfine sugar
1 cup 2% milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs2 eggs
1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
2 tablespoons milk
1.5 teaspoon POM Wonderful juice
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
Sift the flour with the cocoa, baking soda, and salt twice into a mixing bowl. Add butter. With an electric mixer on low speed, beat for 1-2 minutes, or until the ingredients are combined completely. Add the sugar and blend with a spoon.
Slowly mix in 1/2 the milk into the flour and beat on low speed for 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Combine the remaining milk with the POM Wonderful juice, eggs and vanilla with the beaters running on low speed, slowly add this to the batter. Continue to beat until the mixture is very smooth.
Pour the mixture into cupcake tine. Bake for 20 to 35 minutes, or until the cake rises and a tester inserted in the center comes out dry.
Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
Combine all ingredients with a blender on low speed. Add 1-2 drops of red food coloring for extra pink coloring if desired.
CHOCOLATE HEART TOPPERS
Melt 4 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate in a double boiler or heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
Let cool slightly. Transfer to resealable plastic bag. Snip a tip to make a small hole.
Trace hearts with chocolate and fill in the center as desired.
Freeze hearts until set, about 15 minutes. Remove hearts using an offset spatula.
The final cupcakes
Please vote for my cupcakes in the POM Cupcake Contest! Voting runs through February 28th.