So my kids had a cupcake urge late yesterday afternoon. My daughter dragged out from the baking supply cabinet these adorable Oh, la la cupcake liners with the French poodles to decorate on top. She found some background papers I bought a couple years back when I used to try to make my photos look cute and trendy with some pops of color. She took some photos for me (the ones that are below). I felt bad for her as it was getting darker and I don't have any fancy lighting. I rely on Florida's glorious natural light.
This morning I had plenty of just that: glorious natural light! I dusted some confectioner's sugar on a few and snapped some shots for you to see that these cupcakes are even quite perfect without any glaze or frosting. I prefer things on the less sweet side.
Are you craving chocolate...today??? Go ahead, check your cabinets. You probably have all the ingredients to make these cupcakes. I used dark chocolate chips and a little bit of dark cocoa powder (hence, the very dark color). You don't have to use fancy French polka dotted liners like we did. Any liner will do just fine! The best part of this recipe? You can mix the ingredients together all in one bowl. The perfect recipe to do with your kids!!
This is a recipe I've used for years from Martha Stewart. You can use the frosting recipe from one bowl chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Or this fluffy white icing (marshmallow frosting).
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1-3 Tablespoons milk