This week is not only the birthday of my blog, it is also my hairdresser’s birthday so I just had to do a post on cupcakes. Who doesn’t love cupcakes? Individual portions of cake just for you, so pretty and delicious, cupcakes are pure joy. I will be sharing them with my hairdresser and my husband will be sharing the rest with his workmates. For me, there is nothing better than making people happy with food!
I took photos of each step while making Food Network’s Martin Howard’s Chocolate Devil’s Food Cupcakes. It may seem daunting but I promise, it isn’t. Like the Halloween cake I made last fall, you dissolve the cocoa in boiling water. I know, weird! But these were so delicious, please trust the recipe. Cream together butter, sugar, salt and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time and then add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk:
I made my own buttermilk by adding some lime juice to some regular milk. Works like a charm. I would never get through a whole container of buttermilk before the expiration date so making my own also saves me money.
I ended up adding extra batter to make bigger cupcakes
The recipe says that it makes 36 cupcakes which is a lot! So I added one and a half scoops of batter with my ice cream scooper, normally I would just do one. This resulted in 24 cupcakes, much more manageable. I still baked them for 20 minutes and they came out perfect. So light and airy!
I used the same recipe for frosting as I did for my Halloween cake, it is an orange and cream cheese frosting that taste like summer and goes beautifully with the chocolate. I added some sprinkles and a silver ball to top it off. So pretty!
In the year that I have been online, this is my first time going over cupcakes with you. I have not had a lot to celebrate I suppose but I am determined to change that. Plus, there is nothing better than making someone’s day with a special treat. I hope there are many more special moments that inspire cupcake baking, for all of us.