Okay, these are pretty amazing! I made them according to the recipe, except for adding a little more cocoa to the cupcake batter and baking them at 360 degrees instead of 375. They made a few more than 24 cupcakes (I filled them about 2/3rd's full). I used all butter, instead of half butter and half shortening in the filling. I also found I needed to make another half-recipe of it in order to fill all 24 cupcakes, so you might want to make more to begin with. Also, I waited until they were completely cool before I filled them. I used a Wilton tip 230 (the Bismark tip) and filled them just until I could see the cupcake start to "swell" a bit. I used the cake recipe as is instead of substituting a box mix because I wanted to try the recipe as given (except for the substitutions mentioned). I'm really glad I did. The flavors complimented each other beautifully. I did use the Satiny Chocolate Glaze recipe provided elsewhere on this site and totally recommend it. I used Ghiradelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate and it turned out great...chocolate-y, but not too sweet. Perfect combination of flavors. A definite repeat!!
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Okay, these are pretty amazing! I made them according to the recipe, except for adding a...