Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

by Christen on February 11, 2010 · 8 comments

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I’d be hard pressed to call these cupcakes “healthy”…but it is Valentine’s Day and your sweetie(s) deserve something, well, sweet!

These cupcakes incorporate whole wheat flour and have a hearty texture. You could skip the icing altogether and eat them as breakfast muffins. After all, who doesn’t like chocolate for breakfast?

For Valentine’s Day, however, I decided to ice them with my Mom’s famous Seven-Minute Frosting, topped with a variety of sprinkles for aesthetics’s sake.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

½ cup 100% whole wheat flour
¾ cup All-Purpose flour
¼ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. baking soda
1-¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
½ cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt* (2% or full fat recommended)
½ cup hot water

*Greek yogurt is recommended, as it has a much richer consistency. If you can’t find Greek yogurt, you can substitute with sour cream.

Mix flours, salt, and baking soda together in a medium-sized bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla and whisk until golden brown. Add melted chocolate and stir until well blended. Add flour mixture, alternating with yogurt. Stir just until combined and then add hot water a little bit at a time. Mix thoroughly and dole into lined cupcake tins.

Bake for 19-22 minutes and make sure not to over bake, as the cakes will dry out. Eat warm as a muffin, or ice with following recipe once cooled.

If you decide to ice the cupcakes, we recommend this Seven-Minute Frosting recipe. It’s light and sturdy texture provides for pretty peaks – perfect for topping with sprinkles.

Mom’s Seven-Minute Frosting

1-1/2 cups sugar
2 tbsp. corn syrup
6 large egg whites
1 tsp pure vanilla
1/4 cup water

In a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and egg whites. Cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Once mixture begins to foam and registers at 160 degrees, remove from heat.

Attach the metal bowl to mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat the mixture for 5 minutes, until glossy and volumous. Mix in vanilla. Use immediately.

Here are some other NurtureBaby sweet treat ideas, yummy year round. How about you? What tasty treats do you plan to make your sweeties this Valentine’s Day?

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Anna February 12, 2010 at 1:45 am

I’ve been searching for a good V-day treat for my 17 mo. old daughter – this looks like a winner.

Thanks so much for your wonderful recipes and useful information! Wouldn’t have gotten so far with making baby food at home without your site :)

Christen February 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Thank you, Anna! We are thrilled that you have enjoyed the site! :)

Nancy February 17, 2010 at 10:58 am

I am always looking for whole wheat recipes, and I love finding treats that incorporate it! Thank you.

Christen August 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

This may sound odd, but as I cam across this recipe(that i am trying now) I was amazed that your name is spelled like mine. THAT NEVER HAPPENS!! :D Just thought I would share that. Do you see it spelled that way often?

christen August 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm

So funny! Hi Christen!! I don’t ever see it spelled that way, but TODAY I had a waitress and her name was Christen spelled just like ours! Weird – twice in one day!

Christen August 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm

FUNNY!

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