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Deep Chocolate Cupcakes! It’s Trick or Treat Time!

on October 15, 2011

I’ve decided I’m going to start food blogging. Seriously. In high school I took a intro culinary arts class and loved it! Don’t get me wrong though, I still make hamburger helper if im in a huge rush (A really really big one). I really do try to keep things healthy and as close to home made as possible but i’m realistic, some days a bowl of Coco Pebbles will have to do.

I plan on making things that are Kid Friendly, and Simple to make but delicious. So here’s the first of many. (Hopefully).

I absolutely l-o-v-e Halloween! Except, Confession: Candy Corn. Ugh. I’ve tried it over and over and just can’t get the taste for it. I bought a huge bag of it thinking maybe this would be the year i’ll take to it, and now my husband is eating it for me. None the less I think they make adorable, simple, clean decorations. No need for a fuss or mess. This was my first attempt to make icing where it actually came out pretty darn good, a tad salty, so I suggest using less than what the recipe calls for (recipe has been modified).

If you didn’t read my previous posts, you wouldn’t know but I have two small children. Alex and Emily. It end up taking me all day and well into the night to complete this project just because….well I have two small kids. My son is a cake fanatic! As soon as I had the cupcakes out of the oven Alex was running around screeching “Cake-Cakkkke“. Two year old’s have a one track mind. If they can see it they want it and want it now. Therefore I had to hide my cupcakes in my mother’s room until they cooled off. Of course between nap time, cleaning, dinner, and baths I completely forgot that I had left them in her room. Once everyone, my kids, the dogs, and my husband were all fed and in bed I snuck out of my bedroom and made my frosting. Around two am I finished decorating all the cupcakes. I would call that devotion!

Classic Chocolate Butter-cream Frosting

Perfect for frosting cakes, cookies, brownies, or cupcakes.


1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks or 1/2 pound), softened (but not melted!)

3 1/2 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon table salt (originally was 1 teaspoon)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract

4 tablespoons whole milk or heavy cream


Cream butter for a few minutes in a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Turn off the mixer.

Sift 3 cups powdered sugar and cocoa into the mixing bowl.

 Turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the dry ingredients do not blow everywhere) until the sugar and cocoa are absorbed by the butter.

 Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes

. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add a little more sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add additional milk 1 tablespoon at a time.


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