Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Cupcakes? Sounds like a good idea to me!
My friend, Amber, turns 30 tomorrow. This milestone needs to be celebrated. So some of her best girlfriends are getting together for a few of her favorite things. And one of my contributions is cupcakes. Yummy, yummy cupcakes.
Now, there will only be 4 people at this little gathering, so I didn't want a lot of cupcakes. So I used Amy Sedaris's vanilla cupcake recipe and only made a half batch. This gave me 12 beautiful cupcakes. I haven't tasted this batch yet, but I've used the recipe before and I find them very very tasty. They have a good vanilla flavor, almost like a sugar cookie. They definitely have a coarser texture than a box mix, but that doesn't bother me at all. The flavor makes up for it in leaps and bounds.
The frosting recipe I used is straight off the can of Hershey's cocoa. I made a half batch and the only change I made was to add 1/2 tsp instant coffee crystals when I added the cocoa to the butter. It think it adds a richness to a basic chocolate frosting. Here's the recipe from the Hershey's website:
"PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.