FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
For those of you who are watching carbs, this has no flour, just sugar :-) This recipe that I found is my silver bullet -it’s great for any occasion, especially if you want to wow them. Caveat: The recipe is very rich. For balance, top with vanilla bean ice cream or cream cheese frosting and you’ve got Heaven on Earth!
6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (or 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips)
6 large eggs, separated, room temperature
½ cup sugar
Ice cream, for serving (optional)
Prep and Baking
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Melt butter and chocolate in a large heatproof bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water. Stir to combine, then remove bowl from heat and let cool slightly. Whisk in egg yolks.
With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until peaks are stiff and glossy but not dry (do not overbeat). Whisk one quarter of the beaten egg whites into chocolate mixture to lighten; gently fold mixture into remaining whites.
Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until cupcakes are just set in centers, about 25 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes (their centers will sink). Cupcakes are best eaten the same day they are baked; keep at room temperature until ready to serve, topped with scoops of ice cream, if desired.