Monday, October 18, 2010

Happy National CHOCOLATE Cupcake Day!

Gotta love any day that celebrates sweet treats!  You have to especially love a day that honors the Chocolate Cupcake for sure! 

Whether your Chocolate Cupcake is Cute, Pretty or Classic like these~

A Chocolate Cupcake is a excellent treat especially with a scrumptious vanilla buttercream~

I am sharing the recipes for a Chocolate Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream icing to top it!!  

My Basic Buttercream Recipe~

2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of vegetable shortening ( if you want to sub the shortening add ¼ stick of butter)
Cream butter and shortening or just the butter very well
Add 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract & a pinch of salt (I use Kosher)
Mix together

Adding the Sugar:
Total of 4 cups or 1 pound
Some recipes call for you to sift the sugar, I don’t find that necessary. What I do is~ pour the sugar into a mixing bowl 1st to loosen it up. 

Add the sugar to the butter 1 cup at a time on Medium Speed

After you are done it should be crumbly a bit and big chucks of sugar and butter~

Next the cream~

Add 2-3 tablespoons to start.  Again this is where buttercream becomes personal to me with the texture of it.  Mix again on medium until you get the desire of flavor and texture you want.  Only add 1 tablespoon additional at time to reach it. 

{TIP: if you add to much cream, just add more powder sugar.  But again a little at a time}

That is my basic buttercream!!   

It only takes about 12 mins to make and it so worth it!!  

If you would like to make a Peanut butter Buttercream click here to find my recipe! 

You can pick up a Chocolate ready mix at your grocery store or use this recipe from Joy of Baking she also has a little "did you know" about the history behind " cup cake".

Have fun & enjoy celebrating this fabulous day honoring THE Chocolate Cupcake!!  

Peace, Love & Chocolate Cupcakes,


Any comments or questions leave them here or send me an email~

1 comment:

  1. And clicking now for peanut butter buttercream...can almost taste it. YUM!