Chocolate Cup Cakes & butter cream frosting

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup veggie oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Instructions

  1. preheat oven to 325º F
  2. Place cupcake liners in muffin tin. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk through to combine or, using your paddle attachment, stir through flour mixture until combined well.
  4. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to the batter.
  5. Evenly distribute cake batter. Each cupcake liner should be about ½ full.
  6. Place in the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes
  7. Remove from the oven and allow the cupcakes to cool completely.

Ingredients for butter cream frosting

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 3-4 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk, heavy cream, or half and half

Instructions

1.Place softened butter into the bowl of a stand mixer that has been fitted with the paddle attachment. Turn the mixer on a medium setting and cream the butter until it is smooth and has lightened in color, about 3 minutes.

2.Add confectioner's sugar, ½ a cup at a time. After each cup has been incorporated, turn the mixer onto the highest speed setting and for about 10 seconds to lighten the frosting.

3.Add vanilla and a pinch of salt and combine until well-incorporated.

4.Add milk, heavy cream or half-and-half until the frosting has reached the preferred consistency. For a firmer frosting, add more confectioner's sugar, a ¼ cup at a time. For a softer frosting, add more milk or cream, a tablespoon at a time.

5. spread or pipe onto cup cakes.

Enjoy!

Credits:

Created with images by ponce_photography - "cupcakes chocolate dark" • Unsplash - "cupcakes dessert frosting" • ponce_photography - "cupcakes chocolate dark"

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