The Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, April 21, 2010

After our efforts last week on the home front and my daughter’s success in mastering “the seat”, I decided I’d make something special last night to celebrate.  And my little bird adores cupcakes, so cupcakes is what my girl gets.

I had read that you can use the same batter for Texas Sheet Cake to make a fantastic chocolate cupcake, so I gave that a whirl.  Boy, they weren’t kidding.  Those things were awesome.

And I’d also seen this frosting recipe a few times before so I decided to pair up the two and see what kind of magic happened.  Oh. my.  goodness.

Who would have thought that a frosting with flour in it, that’s cooked on the stove would be anything to write home about?  It’s weird, but you’ve got to try it.  (And in case you forgot how to frost them so pretty, here’s help.)

This will be the first sweet my baby bird gets.  These made the cut and will be served at his first birthday party coming up soon.  Side note:  I’m so excited to plan his party.  We decided on the perfect theme for our little guy and this kind of stuff is right up my alley.  I’ll share more after it’s all said and done so I can show pictures too.

You only have to wait 6 weeks or so.

The Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake

These cupcakes go perfectly with The Ultimate Vanilla Frosting (recipe follows).
Details
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes.
  • Ready in 29 Minutes.
  • Makes: 22 Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Put muffin liners in muffin tins to make 24 cupcakes. Set aside. (You may only use 22 of them, just depending on how full you fill your cups.)
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, granulated sugar and salt.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring butter, cocoa and water to a boil. Remove from heat.
  • In a small bowl, beat together eggs, baking soda, buttermilk and vanilla.
  • Now add the butter mixture and the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Mix well.
  • Pour into the prepared pans (about 3/4 of the way full for each cupcake) and bake for 14 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool and then frost using The Ultimate Vanilla Frosting.

The Ultimate Vanilla Frosting

recipe from Tasty Kitchen. This frosting goes perfectly with The Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake (recipe above).
Details
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes.
  • Ready in 20 Minutes.
  • Makes: 24 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
Directions
  • Bake The Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes and let cool.
  • In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. Stir in vanilla.
  • While the mixture is cooling, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then add the cooled milk/flour/vanilla mixture and beat until it all combines and resembles whipped cream.
  • Frost cupcakes with frosting and enjoy! This is so good!

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