Oh my word, these were so scrumptious. I brought these yummies to a cook out - attended by a bunch of hungry runners - and they disappeared before I had a chance to blink. One runner said (and I quote!) "that may have been the best cupcake I've ever had." The chocolate cupcakes themselves have the perfect amount of cocoa, are moist, fluffy, and aren't too sweet...allowing you to taste the chocolate more. The frosting is definitely the BEST buttercream frosting I've ever had. I have never used heavy cream in frosting before, and now I'll never stop! Heavy cream makes the frosting so incredibly fluffy and melts in your mouth. Using shortening in the frosting also gives it an amazing consistency; Not too runny, not too dense. I don't think there's anything that compliments buttercream frosing better than rich, chocolate cupcakes. This recipe is truly perfection.
Yield: about 12 cupcakes
For the Chocolate Cupcakes: