Mar 162011
 

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Pine-Orange Cupcake

Pine-Orange Cupcake

Cupcake Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients

Adding Cake Mix

Adding Cake Mix

Eggs!

Eggs!

Adding Crushed Pineapple

Adding Crushed Pineapple

Adding Vegetable Oil

Adding Vegetable Oil

Adding Pine-Orange Juice Mixture

Adding Pine-Orange Juice Mixture

Blend

Blend

Blended

Blended

Ready for the Oven

Ready for the Oven

Out of the Oven

Out of the Oven

Cooling

Cooling

Frosting Ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

Butter

Butter

Creaming the Butter

Creaming the Butter

Adding Powdered Sugar

Adding Powdered Sugar

Adding Crushed Pineapple

Adding Crushed Pineapple

Adding Orange Juice

Adding Orange Juice

Frosting

Frosting

Cupcakes!

Cupcakes!

Cupcake Close-Up

Cupcake Close-Up

Rows o' Cupcakes

Rows o' Cupcakes

Pine-Orange Cupcakes

1 18.25 ounce box orange cake mix
1 8 ounce can crushed pineapple in juice, drained, juiced reserved
3 whole eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/3 cups orange juice, mixed with remaining pineapple juice to mease 1 1/3 cups
Pine-Orange Frosting
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 8 ounce can crushed pineapple in juice, well drained
2 tablespoons orange juice, upto 4 tablespoons
5 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Preheat oven to 350. Line two cupcake trays with paper. Drain one can crushed pineapple with a cup underneath to catch juice. Add enough orange juice to make 1 1/3 cups. Set aside.

Blend cake mix, eggs, oil, crushed pineapple and pine-orange juice mix at low speed until moistened (about 30 seconds) Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. (Batter will be lumpy because of crushed pineapple.)

Pour batter into lined cupcake pans and back about 17 – 19 minutes. Allow to cool in pans 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Pine-Orange Frosting: Cream butter, slowly adding powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Add crushed pineapple and juice to reach desired consistency.

These cupcakes are very moist (hate that word!) and taste like heaven! The frosting in a bit lumpy (no piping!) and I a little runny, which I could have fixed by adding more powdered sugar, but I didn’t want to ruin the delicious taste!

Feb 042011
 

Pictures

Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients

Adding Flour

Adding Flour

Adding Cake Flour

Adding Cake Flour

Adding Baking Powder

Adding Baking Powder

Adding Baking Soda

Adding Baking Soda

Adding Salt

Adding Salt

Mixing

Mixing

Butter

Butter

Creaming the Butter

Creaming the Butter

Adding Sugar

Adding Sugar

Adding Lemon Zest

Adding Lemon Zest

Adding Lemon Juice

Adding Lemon Juice

Mixing in Eggs

Mixing in Eggs

Adding Flour Mixture

Adding Flour Mixture

Adding Buttermilk

Adding Buttermilk

Mixing the Batter

Mixing the Batter

BATTER!!!

BATTER!!!

2 Trays of Cupcakes Ready for the Oven

2 Trays of Cupcakes Ready for the Oven

Plus 6 Extra Cupcakes

Plus 6 Extra Cupcakes

Slightly Caved in Cupcakes

Slightly Caved in Cupcakes

Frosting Ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

Butter

Butter

Added Shortening

Added Shortening

Creaming

Creaming

Adding Vanilla

Adding Vanilla

Adding Powdered Sugar

Adding Powdered Sugar

Adding Lemon Juice

Adding Lemon Juice

Beating the Frosting

Beating the Frosting

Yummy!

Yummy!

Rows of Cupcakes

Rows of Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes

1 cup butter
4 whole eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons lemon zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup buttermilk
Lemon Frosting
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup shortening
1 16 ounce box powdered sugar
3 drops yellow food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile in a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl beat butter on high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar lemon peel, and lemon juice; beat until will combined. Add eggs 1 at a time, beat well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk. Beat on low speed after each addition until just combined.

Bake in a 350° oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean

Let cool completely.

Frosting: Cream butter and shortening. Add vanilla. Then alternate between powdered sugar and lemon juice. Add food coloring.

This recipe was found here.

Pretty yummy. I over mixed them a bit and they caved slightly in the center, but that just means more frosting!

Jan 022011
 

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Eggnog Cupcake Cake with Eggnog Buttercream

Eggnog Cupcake Cake with Eggnog Buttercream

Cupcakes Ingredients

Cupcakes Ingredients

Adding the Mix

Adding the Mix

Freshly Grated Nutmeg

Freshly Grated Nutmeg

Eggs

Eggs

Adding Eggnog

Adding Eggnog

Adding Oil

Adding Oil

Mixing

Mixing

All Mixed

All Mixed

Ready for the Oven

Ready for the Oven

Fresh Out of the Oven

Fresh Out of the Oven

Frosting Ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

Creaming the Butter

Creaming the Butter

Adding the Vanilla

Adding the Vanilla

Adding the Eggnog

Adding the Eggnog

Adding Powdered Sugar

Adding Powdered Sugar

Mixing

Mixing

Adding More Powdered Sugar

Adding More Powdered Sugar

Done

Done

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

Eggnog Cupcakes

1 18.25 ounce package yellow cake mix
1 cup eggnog
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 whole eggs
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, combine all ingredients. Hand beat (I used a mixer and it turned out fine!) with a balloon whisk for at least one minute or more if lumps remain visible.

Pour into cupcakes pans and cook for 15- 20 minutes.

Cool 5 minutes in pans then move to wire rack to finish cooling

Eggnog Buttercream

1 cup butter, at room temperature
6 cups powdered sugar (6 to 8)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup eggnog

Cream the butter for 30 seconds until smooth. Add eggnog, vanilla, and 1 C. powdered sugar. Mix until combined. Add powdered sugar cup by cup until you’ve used at least 6 cups and is the consistency you want.

Pipe or spread onto cupcakes.

I made these for my step-dad to take to his work party, and he said they went like hotcakes! My mom and I thought that was really funny! We’re silly like that. The batter for the cupcakes is pretty thick so I added about 1/8 – 1/4 cup more eggnog. It made the standard 24 cupcakes. The frosty is too yummy!! Considering the amount I ate, it’s a wonder that I had enough for the cupcakes!

The original recipe was for a cake, it came from here and the frosting recipe came from here.

Oct 132010
 

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Cupcake Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients

Chocolate Box

Chocolate Box

Chocolate Bar

Chocolate Bar

Melting Butter and Chocolate

Melting Butter and Chocolate

Amara Stirring the Chocolate and Butter

Amara Stirring the Chocolate and Butter

Chopped Chocolate

Chopped Chocolate

Flour

Flour

Sifting Cocoa Powder

Sifting Cocoa Powder

Adding Sugar

Adding Sugar

Adding Baking Powder

Adding Baking Powder

Adding Baking Soda

Adding Baking Soda

Adding Salt

Adding Salt

Amara Stirring

Amara Stirring

Pouring Buttermilk

Pouring Buttermilk

Egg

Egg

Vanilla

Vanilla

Whisking it All Up

Whisking it All Up

Flour/Cocoa Mixture

Flour/Cocoa Mixture

Adding Chocolate/Butter Mixture

Adding Chocolate/Butter Mixture

Whisking

Whisking

Looks a Little Icky

Looks a Little Icky

Adding Flour/Cocoa Mixture

Adding Flour/Cocoa Mixture

Whisking It All Up

Whisking It All Up

All Mixed

All Mixed

Adding Chopped Chocolate

Adding Chopped Chocolate

Folding It In

Folding It In

Putting It In the Trays

Putting It In the Trays

Fresh Out of the Oven

Fresh Out of the Oven

Very Tall

Very Tall

Frosting Ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

Butter and Some Powdered Sugar

Butter and Some Powdered Sugar

Adding Salt

Adding Salt

Mixing

Mixing

Adding Food Coloring

Adding Food Coloring

Adding Mint Extract

Adding Mint Extract

Adding Milk

Adding Milk

More Powdered Sugar

More Powdered Sugar

More Milk

More Milk

All Done

All Done

All Frosted

All Frosted

One Cupcake

One Cupcake

Side View

Side View

First of I want to thank my wonderful daughter for helping me make these and helping me take pictures. She’s such a good girl!!!

Double Choco Chunk Cupcakes

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line and/or spray the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin tin.

Melt the butter and half the chopped chocolate together in a greased saucepan or a double boiler; or do this in a microwave (very carefully in 30 second intervals). Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, whisk the buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract together until well combined, then add in the chocolate and butter mixture. Mix in the flour mixture until just moistened. Don’t worry about being thorough — a few lumps are better than overmixing the batter. Fold in the remaining chopped chocolate.

Scoop about 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin tin.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from its mold. Makes about 18 muffins.

Mint Buttercream

4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mint extract
4 tablespoons milk
3 drops green food coloring

In a large bowl, cream 1 1/3 cups sugar with 1/2 cup butter or margarine, and salt. Blend extract, 2 tablespoons milk, and remaining sugar into mixture. Gradually stir remaining milk into frosting until desired spreading consistency is reached.

I have no idea where I found the cupcake recipe but the frosting recipe can be found here.

I don’t know how the cupcakes are (yet), but the frosting was so good, and I’m not even a big mint fan!

Oct 132010
 

Pictures

Cupcake Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients

Cake Mix

Cake Mix

Adding Pudding Mix

Adding Pudding Mix

Adding Milk

Adding Milk

Adding Oil

Adding Oil

Adding Eggs

Adding Eggs

Adding Cinnamon

Adding Cinnamon

Mixing

Mixing

Mixing

Mixing

Mixed

Mixed

Ready to go in the Oven

Ready to go in the Oven

Out of the Oven

Out of the Oven

As You Can See, They Fell!

As You Can See, They Fell!

Frosting Ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

Butter and Cream Cheese

Butter and Cream Cheese

Adding Powdered Sugar

Adding Powdered Sugar

Mixing

Mixing

Adding Cinnamon

Adding Cinnamon

Mixing

Mixing

Yummy!

Yummy!

All Frosted

All Frosted

Cinnamon Toast Cupcakes

Cupcakes
1 18.25 ounce box yellow cake mix
1 3.4 ounce box vanilla pudding mix
1 1/4 cups whole milk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3 whole eggs
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar (1 Tbsp sugar + 1/4 tsp cinnamon)
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8 ounce package lowfat cream cheese, at room temperature
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 24 cupcake cups with paper liners. Set the pans aside.

Place the cake mix, pudding mix, milk, oil, eggs, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and blend 1 1/2 to 2 min­utes more, scraping down the sides again if needed. The batter should look thick and well combined. Spoon 1/3 cup batter into each lined cupcake cup, filling it 3/4 full. (You will get between 20 and 24 cupcakes; remove the empty liners, if any.) Place the pans side by side in the oven.

Bake the cupcakes until they are golden and spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, 18 to 22 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and place them on wire racks to cool for 5 minutes. Run a dinner knife around the edges of the cupcake liners. Lift the cup­cakes up from the bottoms of the cups using the end of the knife, and pick them out of the cups carefully with your finger­tips. Place them on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes before frosting.

Meanwhile, prepare the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting: Place the cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed until combined, 30 seconds. Stop the machine. Add the confectioners’ sugar, a little at a time, blend­ing with the mixer on low speed until the sugar is well incorporated, 1 minute. Add the cinnamon, then increase the mixer speed to medium and blend the frost­ing until fluffy, 1 minute more.

Place a heaping tablespoon of frosting on each cupcake and swirl to spread it out with a short metal spatula or a spoon, taking care to cover the tops completely. Sprinkle the frosting with the cinnamon­ sugar mixture. Place these cupcakes, uncovered or in a cake saver, in the refrig­erator until the frosting sets, 20 minutes. The cupcakes are ready to serve.

Makes 24. Recipe from here.

For some unfortunate reason, my cupcakes fell. It happens. I don’t like it, but what can you do. More then likely I over mixed, I’d still like to think it was not my fault!

Sep 242010
 

Pictures

the Ingredients

the Ingredients

Creaming the Butter and Sugar

Creaming the Butter and Sugar

Adding the Eggs

Adding the Eggs

Now the Vanilla

Now the Vanilla

Adding Flour Mixture

Adding Flour Mixture

Plain Vanilla Cupcake Batter

Plain Vanilla Cupcake Batter

In Cupcake Tins

In Cupcake Tins

Nutella Plopped on Top

Nutella Plopped on Top

SWIRL!!!

SWIRL!!!

All Cooked Up

All Cooked Up

Frosting Ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

Creaming Butter

Creaming Butter

Adding Powdered Sugar

Adding Powdered Sugar

Adding Cream

Adding Cream

Adding Vanilla

Adding Vanilla

Nutella

Nutella

Softened Nutella!

Softened Nutella!

Plain Buttercream

Plain Buttercream

Add Nutella

Add Nutella

Magic Nutella Buttercream

Magic Nutella Buttercream

Super Frosted

Super Frosted

I Love Frosting

I Love Frosting

Vanilla-Nutella Swirl Cupcakes

Cupcake
10 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 whole eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour, sifted
1/4 tsp salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
12 teaspoons nutella
Nutella Buttercream
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup half and half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup nutella, to taste, softened

Preheat oven to 325F. Prepare cupcake pan with liners.

To make cupcake: Cream together butter and sugar until light, about 2 minutes. Add in eggs on at a time, until fully incorporated. The batter may not look smooth, this is fine. Add vanilla.

Stir in flour, salt, and baking powder until batter is smooth and all flour is blended. Using an ice cream scoop, fill each muffin liner with batter. Cups should be 3/4 full if you’re not using a scoop.

Top each cake with about 1 tsp Nutella. Swirl Nutella in with a toothpick, folding a little batter up and over the Nutella as well.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove to wire rack and allow to cool before frosting.

To make buttercream: In your stand mixer with flat beater, cream butter. Add 3 cups of the confectioners sugar, then half and half and vanilla and beat until the mixture is smooth, about 3-4 minutes.

Add the remaining confectioners sugar, beating about 1-2 minutes. (You can add more sugar to get a thicker consistency if you want.)

In a microwave safe bowl, soften the Nutella until it has a spreadable consistency, about 15-20 secs.

Add the softened Nutella to your buttercream and fold into the frosting until well blended.

Makes 12. Recipe found somewhere on the interwebz…

Sep 032010
 

Pictures

the Ingredients

the Ingredients

Beating Eggs and Sugar

Beating Eggs and Sugar

Adding Vegetable Oil

Adding Vegetable Oil

Adding Applesauce

Adding Applesauce

Adding Orange Juice

Adding Orange Juice

Adding Vanilla

Adding Vanilla

Adding Crystallized Ginger

Adding Crystallized Ginger

Adding Flour Mixture

Adding Flour Mixture

Mixing

Mixing

All Mixed

All Mixed

In the Oven

In the Oven

Out of the Oven

Out of the Oven

Frosting Ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

Beating the Butter

Beating the Butter

Adding the Powdered Sugar Mixture

Adding the Powdered Sugar Mixture

Mixing

Mixing

Adding the Milk

Adding the Milk

Frosting!!!

Frosting!!!

Frosted Cupcakes

Frosted Cupcakes

Racks of Cupcakes

Racks of Cupcakes

Ginger Apple Cupcakes
Recipe Adapted from Family Circle Christmas
Makes 26 Cupcakes

3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 whole eggs
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup applesauce, smooth
1/2 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 tablespoons crystallized ginger

Heat oven to 350°. Line muffin tins with paper.

Combine flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon and salt in bowl.

Beat together eggs and sugar in large bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add oil in steady stream, beating on medium speed. Add applesauce, orange juice, vanilla and crystallized ginger and beat until well blended.

On low speed, beat in flour mixture just until blended.

Divide batter between prepared tins.

Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans on rack for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes to wire racks to cool completely.

Cinnamon Ginger Buttercream

1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 16 ounce box powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons milk

Beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla; mix until blended.

Stir cinnamon and ginger into powdered sugar. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended after each addition, frequently scraping sides and bottom of bowl.

Beat in milk until light and fluffy. If frosting is to thick to spread, gradually beat in additional milk. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.

Okay super yummy!!! I got a frosting tummyache from eating left over frosting and the cupcakes were delicious!

Sep 012010
 

Pictures

Simple Ingredients

Simple Ingredients

Mixing

Mixing

All Mixed

All Mixed

Ready for the Oven

Ready for the Oven

After the Oven

After the Oven

Frosting Ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

Creaming Butter and Powdered Sugar

Creaming Butter and Powdered Sugar

More Creaming

More Creaming

Adding Milk

Adding Milk

All Done

All Done

Frosted and Sprinkled!

Frosted and Sprinkled!

Basic White Cupcakes

1 18.25 ounce box white cake mix
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Beat first 6 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer just until dry ingredients are moistened. Increase speed to medium, and beat 2 minutes or until batter is smooth, stopping to scrape bowl as needed.

Place paper baking cups in muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter evenly into baking cups, filling each two-thirds full.

Bake at 350° for 19 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove cupcakes from pans to wire racks, and cool 1 hour or until completely cool.

Recipe was found here.

Billy’s Vanilla Buttercream

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) room temperature
6 cups powdered sugar (6 to 8)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups sugar, milk, and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add remaining 2 cups sugar to reach desired consistency.

Recipe was found here.

These cupcakes are super yummy and moist!

Aug 102010
 

I’m a few days late on this one but better late then never!!!

Pictures!

Cupcake Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients

Creaming

Creaming

Beating

Beating

Whipping

Whipping

Folding

Folding

Batter!!!

Batter!!!

Adding Chips

Adding Chips

Ready to Go

Ready to Go

About to go in to the Oven

About to go in to the Oven

Fresh out of the Oven

Fresh out of the Oven

Frosting Ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

Mixing It Up

Mixing It Up

All Blended

All Blended

Adding the Chips

Adding the Chips

Ready to be Used

Ready to be Used

Frosted Cupcakes!

Frosted Cupcakes!

Cinnamon Chip Cupcakes with Cinnamon Chip Frosting

3 1/4 cups cake flour, sifted
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
7 ounces unsalted butter (1 3/4 sticks) softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup milk, plus 2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon vanilla
5 whole egg whites, room temperature
2 cups cinnamon chips
Cinnamon Chip Frosting
12 ounces unsalted butter (3 sticks) softened
1 pound powdered sugar, sifted (about 4 cups)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 11 ounce bag cinnamon chip

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy.

Reduce speed to low. Mix any milk and vanilla in a bowl. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with wet ingredients and ending with dry. Scrape sides of bowl.

Beat egg whites to stiff peaks, and fold into batter.

Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.

Bake cupcakes until testers inserted into centers come out clean, about 18 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks for 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely. Cupcakes will keep, covered, for up to 3 days, unless otherwise noted.

Frosting: Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.

Reduce speed to medium. Add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating after each addition, about 5 minutes. (After every 2 additions, increase speed to high, and beat for 10 seconds, then reduce speed to medium-high). Add vanilla, and beat until buttercream is smooth. Fold in cinnamon chips. Frost cupcakes!

This made 34 cupcakes. 34 really good cupcakes!!!

Aug 032010
 

I like chocolate, I like peanut butter, I like cupcakes!

Pictures

the Ingredients

the Ingredients

Amara Helping

Amara Helping

Mixing

Mixing

Mixing

Mixing

About to go in the Oven

About to go in the Oven

Just out of the Oven

Just out of the Oven

Frosting Ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

Mixing

Mixing

Mixing

Mixing

Frosted

Frosted

Moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

1 1/3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 whole eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
Heavenly Peanut Butter Icing
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full.

Bake for 17 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Frost with your favorite frosting when cool. Makes 20 cupcakes.

Frosting: Place the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work.

Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.

Recipe from here.