Chocolate Cake Cup Shells

Chocolate Cake Cup Dessert

Chocolate Cake Cup Dessert

I am not the chocolate girl some are. I think I mentioned that before. However, when things get stressful, or sometimes when I am ill I always need a little chocolate. Last week when I was on call for jury duty I had every intension of making something chocolate to comfort me. I was thinking chocolate cake cup shells, a shell that will hold a big scoop of strawberry ice cream.

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Making something chocolate at my house is not that easy. Almost all chocolate has soybeans as an ingredient. You can read it on the label, it says soy lecithin. That is the smoosh of the bean after it has the oil squeezed out of it. It makes the chocolate creamy and gives the chocolate its mouthfeel. I am limited to unsweetened chocolate and cocoa since it is the only chocolate I have found that does not contain soy. The problem is most recipes call for semisweet and semisweet involves soy. So I went on a search.

Chocolate Cake Cups Cooling

Chocolate Cake Cups Cooling

I found Joy of Baking’s chocolate marshmallow cupcakes. The recipe calls for unsweetened chocolate and cocoa so it gets a double dose of chocolate. Because I can’t leave well enough alone, instead of hot water I used hot coffee. It melts the cocoa and unsweetened chocolate. For the vanilla I used Kahlua since coffee enhances chocolate. You don’t have to go buy Kahlua, I just happened to have a bottle. It was a gift. I keep swearing I don’t drink, but people seem to give me bottles of booze. I don’t know how that happens, but I am loving it in my baking. If you don’t have any, use vanilla.

Chocolate Cake Cups

Chocolate Cake Cups

I love a recipe that is measured in grams. When you see a recipe that says one cup plus two tablespoons, the recipe originated in metric form. When you convert grams to cups you always have a little extra, so you end up with one cup, two tablespoons. When you measure in ounces does that cup of flour weigh 4.5? 5 ounces? Somewhere in between? How do you know? If the recipe meant 4.5, but you thought it was 5, that is a significant difference when baking. Give me grams and I am happy. I hardly ever have a problem.

Chocolate Cake Cups Dessert

Chocolate Cake Cups Dessert

This recipe makes 12 cupcakes. I made six shells and six cupcakes. I froze the cupcakes for another day. I made homemade strawberry ice cream because store bought ice cream has lecithin. Are you getting sick of hearing about soy? I am always shocked to know how much soy we consumed without knowing we were eating it. Anyway, I made ice cream and filled the shell. I thought they turned out rather well, even better than I thought and now I have had my chocolate fix. All is well.

Thank you Joy of Baking.

Chocolate Cake Cup with Strawberry Ice Cream - ©MakeMineLemon

Chocolate Cake Cup with Strawberry Ice Cream – ©MakeMineLemon

These shells are a perfect vessel for ice cream or whipped cream, or what ever you can imagine.

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Chocolate Cake Cups Shells
Recipe type: Chocolate Cake Cups
  • 2 ounces (60 grams) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (15 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
  • ½ cup (120 ml) boiling water
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (150 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (120 ml) milk
  1. Mise en place.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°; place rack in center of oven.
  3. If you have a shell pan, butter it, or line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
  4. In a stainless steel or heatproof bowl place the chopped unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder.
  5. Pour the boiling water over the chocolate and cocoa powder – I used coffee
  6. Stir until they have melted. Set aside to cool while you make the batter.
  7. In a separate bowl, whisk to combine, the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  8. Beat butter until smooth and creamy.
  9. Gradually add the sugar; beat until the mixture is fluffy. It will get light in color.
  10. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  11. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  12. Add the vanilla or Kahlua and melted chocolate mixture and beat to combine.
  13. Add the milk and flour mixtures in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  14. Beat only until the ingredients are incorporated. If you overbeat your cupcake with be tough.
  15. Divide the batter among the muffin cups; bake for about 18 - 23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  16. Remove from oven; place on a wire rack to cool.

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46 Responses to Chocolate Cake Cup Shells

  1. Lorrie says:

    These look like a delicious way to serve ice cream, or fruit and whipped cream. YUM!

  2. I do love chocolate although I rarely cook with it or make many sweets unless it’s a special occasion. I can think of several special occasions where I would love to try these pretty chocolate shells. Beautifully presented by the way.

  3. These are so fun Madonna. I can think of all sorts of way to use them but strawberry ice cream is definitely a winner with chocolate, yum!

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      I have had the pan for a really long time, but could not find a decent recipe for it. The chocolate goes well and so does the Visitandine.

  4. Monique says:

    Now that’s a tempting little mold:)

    Perfectly formed shells!

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      I think I said before I have a bakeware addiction. I have had the pan for a long time, but just recently found a couple good recipes that seem to work well. Have a good 4th.

  5. Jenna says:

    What a lovely idea! Great pan!

  6. So pretty except that now I have to buy yet another pan….

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      If you just make cupcakes they are pretty good, but I have to say the pan did make it better. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. If I ever got called for jury duty I would be needing a lot of chocolate. I mean A LOT. Fortunately I now have this recipe just in case. The whole time I was drooling over these clever little chocolate gems, I kept thinking just how amazing they would be filled with chocolate mouse and topped with a chocolate-covered espresso bean. Perhaps I need therapy.

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      That sounds delish, but I have a difficult time finding the right kind of chocolate. If you don’t have a problem like mine it all sounds good.

  8. Debra says:

    Super creative idea to use the coffee. Great recipe. I bet these were scrumptious!

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      I was really happy to find this recipe Debra, and coffee just does something to chocolate. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Foodiewife says:

    I’m with you on chocolate. I like it, but lemon is definitely my chocolate. That shell pan is awesome, and it’s just the kind of gadget that would filled up my overstuffed “gadget” shelf. I think it’s pure genius. I guess I don’t pay attention to soy, and I should research they “why’s”. I’ve pretty much erradicated HFCS in my recipes and shopping. I do agree that adding coffee to chocolate really makes the flavor pop. Great recipe!

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      I have had that shell pan for forever, but only recently found a couple good recipes to utilize it. Don’t let the pan keep you from making the cupcakes. I have just discovered they are so moist. In fact they were better the next day. I thought they might taste day-old, but actually they tasted richer. Thanks for stopping by Debby.

  10. What a great idea these are! I can think of all sorts of ways to use them. Although it’s really hard to beat ice cream as a filling! Very nice — thanks.

  11. Sandra says:

    I’ve been passing by this pan for the longest. With this beautiful dessert you’re making a strong case for me to get one!

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      You do not have to buy this pan. You can just make the cupcakes, however I am pretty happy to have an edible bowl. : Thanks for stopping by Sandra.

  12. That’s worth buying a shell pan for! Beautiful! Thanks,

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Thanks Wini. I did not receive any $ to promote the pan, but this recipe works well along with the Visitandine I made earlier this year.

  13. Gentle Joy says:

    These look so pretty……and delicious! Thank you for the great idea. 🙂

  14. Shanice says:

    Looks great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  15. Maria says:

    Oh this looks so delicious! I love how you made those little cake “cups” What a great idea!!!

  16. Kitty says:

    Oh my gosh Madonna, those little chocolate shells are wonderful and filled with homemade strawberry ice cream…I’m swooning!! Happy 4th of July to you and happy baking.

  17. I want one of those pans. This makes a really beautiful dessert!

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      I am not necessarily promoting the pan, but it makes for a nice vessel for good things. Thanks for visiting Maureen.

  18. Jann Olson says:

    I am not a big chocolate person either, but these look super yummy! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  19. Miz Helen says:

    What great little cups, I can’t wait to fill them with goodies! Hope you have had a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  22. I have looked for these cups and can’t find them. Where did you get yours???

  23. What a great idea!
    Looks like a yummy Summer dessert. I love chocolate any time of year ;0)
    Have a great week,

  24. Stephanie says:

    I love the cup shell idea! So many things you could do with them! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  25. michael says:

    …MMM those look delicious!! Where did you find the pan?

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