February 14, 2011

Cupcake Love Part 1

Yesterday I had a small cupcake operation going on in my kitchen!  I haven't made cupcakes in years!! It was one of my friend's birthdays and I wanted to bring dessert.  Last year I had made a yellow cake with chocolate frosting.  This year I made chocolate cupcakes with 2 different frosting flavors.  The first is with dark chocolate espresso and the second (coming tomorrow) is German Chocolate Cake!  I have a little bit of the chocolate frosting left over and I've been eating it by the spoon for breakfast.
Dark Chocolate Espresso Frosting:
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2/3 cup of the darkest cocoa powder you can find
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup STRONG espresso
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Melt the butter almost fully and stir in cocoa & vanilla.  Add powdered sugar and espresso alternating until fully incorporated.

Cupcakes:
The recipe comes from Martha Stewart
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners; set aside. Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
  • Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

13 comments:

  1. Hey Lauren, I just wanted to let you know that I featured your image of the cupcakes with German chocolate frosting on my blog, Dark Chocolate Decadence (dot com). I placed a link to your blog in my post. I actually used it as one of the Featured Images. I hope you stop by some time and say Hello! I have enjoyed reading your blog and will now be a regular reader! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, and thank you!

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