(This is going to be a brief post, as Dave's waiting for the computer)
Oh, I had such high hopes for these. After what seemed like forever, I finally got my hands on some hazelnut extract, so of course, I had visions of these cupcakes ever since.
Finally was able to make them today. And despite adding more hazelnut extract, I still can't taste it! They just taste like chocolate cupcakes. Good cupcakes, sure, but not what I had hoped for. Hmph. Back to the drawing board.
½ cup boiling water
6 Tbsp. cocoa
¼ cup milk
½ tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. hazelnut extract
1 cup flour
½ tsp. + 1/8 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup butter, softened
10 Tbsp. brown sugar
6 Tbsp. sugar
Preheat oven to 350F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
In a bowl, whisk water into cocoa until smooth. Whisk in milk and extract.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Alternately add flour mix and cocoa mix, starting and ending with the flour. Fill liners halfway full.
Bake at 350F for 18 minutes. Let cool on wire rack.
Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache
½ cup heavy cream
8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
2 tsp. hazelnut extract
Heat cream until boiling, then pour over chocolate, stirring until melted. Add corn syrup and extract, until well mixed.