Wednesday, February 22, 2012

fat tuesday please

Yesterday was Fat Tuesday AND Lisa's Birthday.

Clearly that meant cupcakes were in order. The girl loves some red velvet so I followed the inspiration and made chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, in the three appropriate colors of course. 

So how do we do it?
Yes my chocolate cupcake recipe:

3 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup flour, 1/2 t baking powder, 1/2 t baking soda, 1/4 t salt, 2 T cocoa powder, & 1 T freshly ground coffee
1/2 cup butter (at RT), 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 t vanilla, 1/2 cup sour cream, & 1/2 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Melt chocolate over a double boiler and set aside
Meanwhile, beak butter and sugar in a stand mixer for 2 minutes
Combine dry ingredients and set aside.
Add the chocolate to the butter-sugar mixture and then the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Beat until creamy and then mix in the sour cream. 
Then alternate adding in the flour mixture and the milk, just until combined. 
Dip into a cupcake tin until 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes. 

Cupcakes. check plus.
Oh yes it makes about 18 regular sized cupcakes or in this case, 12 regular and 16 mini

Now for the frosting,
cream-cheese frosting recipe:

1 stick of butter, unsalted of course, at RT
4 oz cream cheese
1 t lemon juice
1 t vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar

In your handy-dandy stand mixer beat up the butter and cream cheese
Add in the vanilla and lemon, scraping the bottom to make sure it's all incorporated
Then add in the sugar, 1/2 cup at a time until fluffy and delicious.

I separated it into three batches and colored accordingly:


26 for the party - 25 because that's how old she is, and 1 for good luck because that's how we do it around here.

Delicious of course.