Alright, time to start talking about BAKING on my BAKING blog!
I decided something totally chocolaty would the perfect start. So I picked a recipe from my new Hershey's book and got to work. By the way, I got this book as a baby shower prize last weekend and I was super duper excited (I was the only one in the whole room who guessed all 10 baby foods correctly, but I also have a baby who is just starting so I'm pretty aware of what they all smell like).
For the Cupcakes
1 2/3 C. flour
1 1/2 C sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C shortening
1 1/2 C butter milk or sour milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with paper cups or non-stick spray.
Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Add eggs, shortening, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat on low for one minute, scraping bowl. Beat on high for three minutes. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Baking 18-20 minutes. Cool before frosting.
Chocolate Butter Creme Frosting
6 Tablespoons softened butter/margarine
2 2/3 C powdered sugar
1/2 C cocoa
1/2 C milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Beat butter. Add powdered sugar and cocoa alternately with milk and vanilla, beating to spreading consistency. Additional milk may be needed.
And just as a was going to make the frosting I realized I didn't have enough powdered sugar. A big thanks to Travis for running to the store for me!
I'm really pleased with the way these turned out! Rich and chocolaty, just perfect for a chocolate lover such as myself! I also grated a milk chocolate/almond Dove candy bar on top for a pretty topping!
But sometimes my little helper ends up not helping! At least he is still adorable!