Chocolate Cardamom Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

When I’m feeling under the weather I tend to hibernate and stay out of the kitchen.  Once I begin to feel better I get the itch to bake.

Chocolate Cardamom Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

If you follow me on Twitter (@BakingBlog) you know that I caught a nasty bug last week and it knocked me out for about four days.  Now that I am, happily, on the mend I am back in the kitchen whipping up some food to feed my evil soul.   After being so sick I felt I deserved something rich so it had to be chocolate, but I needed something with deep flavor so I grabbed some spices.

Chocolate Cardamom Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Spice and chocolate are a favorite combination of mine.  This time out I decided on aromatic and tangy cardamom along with some warm cinnamon to take these cupcakes over the edge.  As combinations go, cardamom and chocolate do not get the love they deserve.  Cardamom adds an edge to chocolate that makes the deep notes taste deeper while providing a bright finish.  To top it all off I added chocolate cream cheese frosting.  The tang of the frosting was perfect with the spicy cake.  If you love chocolate, or if you have never had cardamom and chocolate, give these a try.

Chocolate Cardamom Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting      Yield 12

For the cupcakes:
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 ounce dark (64% or higher) chocolate melted
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the frosting:
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 – 8 ounce block cream cheese, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder

Heat the oven to 350 F and line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners.

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In a large bowl whisk together the flour, spices, salt, baking powder, and baking soda until well blended.   Add the sugar and whisk to incorporate.

Chocolate Cardamom Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

In a medium bowl combine the butter, melted chocolate, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.

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Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk until blended, but do not over mix.

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Divide the batter into the muffin cups evenly.  Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the cupcakes spring back when gently pressed in the center.  Cool the cupcakes in the pan for three minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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While the cupcakes cool prepare the frosting.  Blend the cream cheese and the butter until well blended and smooth.  Add the vanilla and mix.  Add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder and mix on low speed until smooth.

Once the cupcakes are cool frost the cupcakes as desired.

Chocolate Cardamom Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Enjoy!

Chocolate Cardamom Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

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  • http://www.zomppa.com Belinda @zomppa

    Cardamom! Lovely lovely lovely – I want to eat these now!

  • http://www.howsweeteats.com Jessica @ How Sweet

    I love cardamom! These just sound delightful. :)

  • http://crystalclearasmud.blogspot.com/ Crystal

    These look deeeeeeeeeeeelish!

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  • http://mission-food.blogspot.com Victoria

    I feel like I can almost taste that cupcake just by staring at the photograph long enough… wow. That frosting especially looks heavenly!

  • http://www.mybakingaddiction.com Jamie @ My Baking Addiction

    YUM! These sound fabulous…the frosting looks divine!

  • http://www.mykitchenaddiction.com Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

    So glad to hear you’re feeling better! I have recently started using cardamom, but I’ve never had it with chocolate. Sounds like a good combo that I’ll have to try!

  • http://www.heathersdish.com Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    oh my word, does it get much better? i love the idea of chocolate cream cheese icing…and will definitely be using this recipe ASAP!

  • http://breadplusbutter.blogspot.com jenn (Bread + Butter)

    I haven’t cooked or baked with cardamom yet, but I do like the flavor of it. Glad you’re feeling better.

    I love cream cheese frosting!!! Though, who wouldn’t, right?

  • http://www.thecreativepot.net Marisa

    Love cupcakes with a hint of spice! I also did some recently – check out my blogpost today. :-)

  • http://morethanamountfull.blogspot.com/ chef Dennis

    what a great idea, I would have never thought of cardamom in cupcakes….I always learn something new everyday!
    they do look sinfully good too!

  • http://www.chichoskitchen.blogspot.com Cherine

    Mouthwatering!

  • http://www.AJsMoonlightBakery.net/blog Jeanne

    With your description of what cardamom does to chocolate, I want to give these a try. It’s good to see this is what happens when you’re feeling better. Yum!

  • http://thechocolatecult.blogspot.com/ The Chocolate Priestess

    I agree with your general assessment of cardamon and chocolate though I’ve had some bad examples of those two together. The key to for them to be in balance not the spice overwhelming the cocoa.

  • http://tastyeatsathome.wordpress.com Alta

    Mm….cardamom and chocolate….nom nom nom! These look gorgeous. Glad you’re feeling better!

  • http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com maria

    I don’t like all frostings, but I think I can manage this one:) Looks extra tasty!

  • http://www.dessertfortwo.com DessertForTwo

    Someone from Tasty Kitchen recommended your blog and I can’t thank her enough. This is by far the best baking blog I’ve seen in a while! Thanks! Keep it up! :)

  • http://lilyng2000.blogspot.com/ lily ng

    congrats for being a featured blog in foodie blogroll

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  • http://www.spicesherpa.com Spice Sherpa

    Cardamom! Chocolate! Cream Cheese! Cupcakes! I think today is sponsored by the letter “C” and I am so glad it is! Thanks for sharing—this is a magic combination.

  • http://thelonelyradish.com Sara

    I am always looking for a new cardamom recipe,and could these look more perfect? I think not.

  • http://www.achicabakes.com Eliana

    What a way to come back. These look outstanding!!!

  • http://www.emilydiaczunstyling.blogspot.com Emily Diaczun

    LOVE this flavor combo. Can’t wait to try this recipe. THANKS!

  • http://CookandBeMerry.com Lynne @ CookandBeMerry

    Oh my gosh, the frosting in your photos is just screaming, “Lick me! Lick Me!” Now I have to go print out your recipe because tomorrow will be baking day. Thanks!

  • http://www.carolegbert.com Carol Egbert

    I love cardamom and chocolae but have never tried them together—now I will. Thanks.

  • http://whatsfordinner-acrossstatelines.blogspot.com/ Gina Stanley

    Wow, I love chocolate & cream cheese, and together, loving it! Thanks for sharing, great blog.

  • Kristina

    I just tried these cupcakes out (with a different frosting) and they were heavenly!

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  • http://2lovecookeat.blogspot.com Cheri

    You had me at the pictures alone! Beautiful! I can’t wait to make these:-)

  • Kate

    I made these with a slight variation; a coconut cream cheese icing (mostly because I was out of cocoa powder). The result was divine! This is the first time I baked with cardamom and chocolate and it is a winning combination.

  • erin

    made these last night, low fat version involved replacing the butter and egg with pumpkin/applesauce (because I ran out of pumpkin) and using 2 egg whites. I also added pumpkin to the frosting. can’t wait to try them tomorrow!

  • Namrata

    I absolutely love this site… Keep up the good work!

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