Chocolate-Amaretto Cupcakes

The ever-popular cupcake goes a bit upscale in this almond-flavored version, drizzled with chocolate syrup. Yum!

  • Prep Time 50 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 24

Cupcakes

1 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3/4
cup unsweetened baking cocoa
2
teaspoons baking soda
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/2
cup vegetable oil
1 1/4
cups granulated sugar
4
eggs
1
teaspoon vanilla
3/4
cup milk

Frosting

3/4
cup milk
1/4
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3/4
cup butter, softened
3 1/2
cups powdered sugar
1
tablespoon amaretto or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Topping

1/2
cup semisweet chocolate chips, coarsely chopped
1/4
cup chocolate-flavor syrup

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Place foil or paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2 In medium bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups flour, the cocoa, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat oil and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. On low speed, alternately add flour mixture, about one-third at a time, and 3/4 cup milk, about half at a time, beating just until blended.
  • 3 Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.
  • 4 Bake foil-lined cupcakes 13 to 17 minutes, paper-lined cupcakes 14 to 18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 5 Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, cook and stir 3/4 cup milk and 1/4 cup flour with whisk over medium heat until thick, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 6 In medium bowl, beat butter and powdered sugar with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Add cooled milk mixture; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in amaretto. Add additional powdered sugar, if necessary, to achieve desired spreading consistency.
  • 7 Frost cupcakes. Top each cupcake with 1 teaspoon chopped chocolate; drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon chocolate syrup.

Expert Tips

Just before serving, sprinkle cupcakes with a few sliced almonds.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
Calories
300
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
50mg
50%;
Sodium
190mg
190%;
Total Carbohydrate
42g
42%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
32g
32%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.