Chocolate Cupcakes

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Simple and delicious chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting.

Happy Halloween!

Photos of the process here.

Cake
2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY®’S Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350 F.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Frosting.

Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.

Buttercream Frosting
This frosting reminds me of the kind you get on bakery sheet cakes. It’s delicious, easy to pipe, and easy to spread.

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup butter flavor Crisco
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup milk

In a large bowl, cream margarine and shortening until light and fluffy. Add salt, vanilla, confectioners’ sugar and milk. Beat well.

Frosting Note:
The first time I made this frosting, I used regular water based food coloring and the colors came out extremely muted. Since then, I’ve used gel color and the colors have looked great.

Recipe from Hershey.

Comments

3 Responses to “Chocolate Cupcakes”

    Crumbs on 1 July 10th, 2006 1:39 am

    Hi Hiliary

    I stumbled upon your blog while searching for cupcakes recipes. I want to prepare your buttercream frosting so could you please advise if this cream will hold it’s shape if I swirl it with a star piping tube. Also, how heavy is 1/2 cup butter/shortening. Do I pat down the butter to fill half a cup.

    Thanks for answering.
    Crumbs

    H on 2 July 10th, 2006 10:37 pm

    Crumbs, it sets very well, and I use a star tip all the time.

    Can you just use stick butter? It’s already measured that way…

    Scatteredmom on 3 January 13th, 2010 9:26 pm

    Love these! They are so good. I admit that usually I use cake mixes, and I have never found anything quite as light and fluffy before. I made these and didn’t tell my family, who raved about the new cake mix.

    When I told them they were from scratch they didn’t believe me, and then scarfed down some more.

    Delish.

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