Thursday, December 8, 2011

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

A classic combination.

I feel really bad that I have not been posting much for you guys.  This is by far the busiest December I have had in years.  I am having a cookie exchange part at my house this weekend and plan to collect recipes from all my guests to share with you.  Of course I will also share what I am making and am evening thinking about posting a few of the appetizer recipes since they may come in handy for any holiday parties you are having.  To help get you though the week here is a simple, classic, and delicious cupcake.

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes recipe slightly adapted from
Makes 24 cupcakes

1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 tablespoon instant espresso dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water 
2 cups chocolate chips (dark chocolate or semi-sweet), dusted in 1 tablespoon flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and espresso dissolved in water.  Gently stir in the chocolate chips

Bake for 20 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Very Vanilla Frosting
recipe by Baked Perfection

2 sticks of butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 -4 tablespoons milk

Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Add salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency


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