Mayonnaise replaces the fat (butter or oil) in these otherwise traditional cupcakes, yielding a richly flavored yet light-in-texture cake with a smooth, creamy ganache-like frosting.

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Ingredients

Cupcakes
Frosting

Directions

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  • Cupcakes:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk in eggs, coffee, vanilla, and mayonnaise until smooth.

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  • Divide batter among muffin cups fitted with paper liners (about three-quarters full). Bake until tops spring back when lightly pressed, 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool completely in tins; remove.

  • Frosting:

    Whisk together mayonnaise and cocoa. Whisk in confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Divide evenly among cupcakes.

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