Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

For Karly’s Bridal Shower, I wanted to bake cupcakes and make them unique to Karly.  Since we were celebrating a special occasion, I knew they couldn’t just be ordinary- they had to be special and different-elegant, tasty, and unique to the bride! One (trust me, there’s more!) great thing about cupcakes is the freedom! You can dress them up as much as you wish-especially focusing on the occasion or event. Make your own special cupcake in order to celebrate and honor a friend.

Chocolate Cupcakes

1 1/2 sticks butter
3 eggs
2 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups milk

Preheat oven to 350. Mix in dry ingredients in separate bowl (flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. When butter is at room temperature, beat on medium.  Slowly add in sugar.  When well mixed, beat in eggs one at time, occasionally scraping down sides. Mix in vanilla.  Alternate mixing in dry ingredients and milk. When well combined, pour into muffin cups and bake for 18-22 minutes.

Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest-Cupcakes

Vanilla Frosting
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat butter on medium-high speed.  When creamy, slowly add in confectioner’s sugar. Continue mixing with each addition. Alternate increasing and decreasing mixing speed as sugar is added. Beat in vanilla.

Adapted from Martha Stewart

White Chocolate Decorations

In order to make cute decorations, why not use more chocolate?! In order to make these simple addition, just use almond bark.  Melt almond bark over low heat. Continue stirring until melted-should take 2-3 minutes. When melted, pour into a pastry bag with tip.  Design chocolate on wax paper. Let harden for at least an hour before removing.  Little hearts and rings adorned with pearl sprinkles are a lovely addition to bridal shower cupcakes!

In order to color the frosting, use gel food coloring. I used slightly more gel dye for a darker pink color.  Use pastry bags and tips to create different looks.

About Humble Foodie

While we both love to eat well, life as AmeriCorps volunteers doesn’t afford us the budget to try every new restaurant and type of cuisine. With many post-graduate expenses and limited financial resources, what’s a foodie to do? The answer is here, at The Humble Foodie. Instead of spending our hard-earned cash paying other people to cook for us, we’re spending as frugally as possible making delicious meals at home.
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