Mini Dates Chocolate Cupcakes

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Another attempt of finishing my hubby’s buy…of 2 kg dates… yes… I think he’s a bulk-holic buyer.

This a low fat recipe… by size and by ingredients, but the texture is  like none other, smooth but firm, a little bit chewy and very chocolaty even it only uses a small amount of chocolate. I just  put a tiny bit of vanilla butter cream frosting simply enough to hold the cherry topping (good excuse to add extra fat?)😉 .

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Mini Dates Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

Recipe from here

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 ounce fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • Special equipment: a mini-muffin pan with 12 (1/8-cup) muffin cups, preferably nonstick 

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Bring water and dates just to a boil in a 1-quart heavy saucepan, then transfer mixture to a food processor and add cocoa powder and chocolate, pulsing once to combine. Let cool 2 minutes, then add brown sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, and a pinch of salt, then purée until smooth. Add flour and pulse just until incorporated.

Spray muffin cups with cooking spray. (If pan is not nonstick, line sprayed bottoms with rounds of wax paper, then spray paper.) Spoon batter into cups, dividing it evenly, and bake in middle of oven until a wooden pick or skewer comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack (remove wax paper, if using) and cool completely, right side up.

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  1. Dates and chocolate are perfection. But I would never pass up the cherry on top.

  2. Oh so cute :-)!!! 2 kg of dates .. lol :-)!

  3. What a delicious looking cupcakes Zita. I never bake anything with date before, but this just give me an idea! Beautiful photography!

  4. wow delicious Mini Dates Chocolate jajaja

  5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE dates, and combined with chocolate in a little cupcake, is pure heaven. They look gorgeous too🙂

  6. I’ve never had dates and chocolate but it looks really good. I’ll have to try them.

    • Y
    • May 24th, 2009

    Beautiful photos, Zita! Gorgeous little cupcakes too. Love a good bulk buy!😀

  7. I have recipes with dates and chocolate and every loves them. Love your pics. This looks really yummy.

  8. Beautiful photos as always, Zita! Never tried baking with dates before, but I can imagine how lovely the date-chocolate combination is. Yum!

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