Sunday, September 24, 2006

Lethal Chocolate Cupcakes & Chocolate Buttercream Icing

One of the easiest, kid-friendly desserts to make for a birthday party are cupcakes. My little neighbour, The Princess, just turned six recently and requested two desserts - white chocolate strawberry cake and chocolate cupcakes. Initally her mom was supposed to bake for the occasion but things got changed around and I was given the honour. I love making cupcakes - they're easy and can be dressed up with some well-made icing and sugary star sprinkles.

The cupcakes are not difficult to make and, as a bonus for some, don't require eggs. I think I posted a while back on a mix-in-the-pan cake and these are a variation on that theme. The recipe comes from The Clueless Baker and is super easy and very tasty. They baked up beautiful and airy and thankfully I made them all the same size. Using muffin liners allowed me to bake two batches back-to-back with minimal clean-up.

The icing was also fun to make. The buttercream icing recipe comes from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook and is not the usual type that requires 8 cups of icing sugar. After melting semi-sweet chocolate, you beat it into softened unsalted butter with only a little over a cup of sugar. The end result is heavenly - light and chocolaty. It was smooth and creamy and not too sweet. The kids liked it too - after the party many cupcakes were found with the icing completely licked off.

All in all, they're a good bet for a crowd of sugar seekers and I'm happy everyone enjoyed them.

Recipe: Lethal Chocolate Cupcakes and Chocolate Buttercream Icing

7 comments:

gilly said...

Sometimes the most innocent looking cupcakes are the most dangerous! These look fantastic, and I have no doubt that the children thoroughly enjoyed these wonderful treats!

Veggies,Crafts & Tails said...

These are absolutely beautiful! I am not a real cupcake fan but I appreciate the work that went into making them look this delish!!!

jenjen said...

Those are the cutest looking chocolate cupcakes ever! I don;t think i would be able to stop at just one!
And wow no eggs!

Corianne said...

Wow! I am def. going to make these! I love the way you put the icing on top and decorated them! VERY CUTE!!!! Good job!

Sharon said...

Absolutely fantastic. So easy and delicious!! I made mine with mint frosting and it was a perfect combination. Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Made these for my daughters 3rd birthday. They were super-moist, and very easy to make. She has an egg allergy, so they were perfect!

Anonymous said...

Are they really lethal.. I just made them for my friend whos dad just died.... so yeah.. they aren't really lathal right???