Dark Chocolate Cake Bites

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Dark Chocolate Cake Bites with Francis Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon.

DARK CHOCOLATE CAKE BITES PAIRED WITH DIAMOND COLLECTION CABERNET SAUVIGNON

  

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 (4-oz) pkg semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1½ cups sugar
  •  4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Caramel Frosting Recipe

Instructions

  1. Cook butter, cocoa, chocolate, and espresso powder in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Let cool for 20 minutes.
  2. Beat sugar and eggs in a large bowl at high speed with a mixer until fluffy.
  3. Stir together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating until combined. Stir in chocolate mixture and sour cream.
  4. Spoon batter in miniature muffin cups sprayed with baking spray with flour Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool completely on wire racks.
  5. Pipe or spread Caramel Frosting over cupcakes. Sprinkle cupcakes with sparkling sugar, if desired.

CARAMEL FROSTING

  

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened and divided
  • 1 (8-oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (32-oz) pkg confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Cook brown sugar, water, salt, and ½ cup butter in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat, and let cool completely.
  2. Beat ½ cup butter, cream cheese, and brown sugar mixture in a large bowl at high speed with a mixer until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until mixture is smooth. Beat in milk, 1 Tbsp at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
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