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Chocolate Cupcakes with Fluffy Frosting

I wanted to make cupcakes to take into work for Halloween but found myself not being satisfied with the chocolate cupcake recipes I was finding. So I decided to combine two recipes, one for the cupcakes and one for the frosting, to come up with these Chocolate Cupcakes with Fluffy Frosting. The cupcake recipe comes from Shape Magazine and is lighter in calories than normal cupcakes but you would never know it. The cake, which includes a wee-bit of coffee, is light and chocolately, just what I wanted. And the frosting (which I colored orange), while not lighter in calories, is thick and sweet. I made these cupcakes while The Rocky Horror Picture Show blared on my television in the background and the whole scenario got me into the Halloween spirit. Happy Halloween!

The cake ingredients:

Cream butter together with the sugars (I forgot brown sugar in my ingredients picture).

Slowly add in the dry ingredients, alternating with buttermilk.

Pour into cupcake pan lines with paper liners and back at 350°F for 20 minutes.

The frosting ingredients:

Cream together the butter and combine with the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.

Drop in food coloring, if desired.

Additions: None

Omissions:

  • Almond extract

Substitutions: None

Overall Rating: Like It

Source: Shape Magazine and Coastal Living Magazine

Buttercakes with Sour Cream Frosting

Because MLB playoffs are in now full swing (bahaha! pun intended!), I made these Buttercakes with Sour Cream Frosting with the sole purpose of celebrating this time of year that we in Philadelphia call “Red October” (it’s a Phillies thing).  While I would love to tell you about the amazing Phillies game I witnessed in person on Saturday evening, I’ll tell you instead about these yummy, baseball-themed cupcakes.  They really are nothing more than frosted yellow cupcakes but the cake batter smelled so good, I wish I could’ve stuck a wick in it and called it a candle.  Having never tried sour cream frosting before, I was a little skeptical.  But the sour cream toned down the sweetness of the powdered sugar, similar to cream cheese frosting, and I loved it.  Whether you want to make cupcakes to celebrate a birthday, a shower, or your favorite team, these cupcakes are winners!

The cake ingredients:

First, cream together the butter and sugar.  Make sure the butter is room temperature – it’ll blend better.

Next, incorporate the eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla.

Carefully add the dry ingredients, alternating with buttermilk, until fully blended.

Look at the adorable baseball-themed cupcake liners I found!

Fill the liners 2/3 full and bake at 350ºF.

The frosting ingredients:

Cream together the butter and sour cream.  Again, use room-temperature butter.

Slooooooooowly, add the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.

If you don’t have a pastry bag to frost the cupcakes, you can use a freezer bag with the corner cut off (like I did!), or spoon it on.  Just make sure the cupcakes have cooled completely first.

Decorate as you wish and enjoy!

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Reduced-fat buttermilk

 Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

I know cupcakes are nothing new and that people have been baking them for birthday parties for a very long time.  Yet these days, it seems cupcakes have become sort of hip and everyone is making them.  Me included.  My sweet tooth loves a yummy cupcake with the individual portions of soft cake and creamy frosting.  I found these Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting when I was looking at other food blogs.  I came across a beautiful blog called Glorious Treats and stopped immediately when I came to these cupcakes.  I’ve been experimenting with making my own peanut butter frosting and haven’t quite gotten it right.  I think this one does.  I took some to my work and everyone who tried them took one bite and walked away with a smile on their face.  Sinfully delicious.

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions: 

  • Reduced-fat peanut butter
  • 1/3 less fat cream cheese

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com/

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