I had a hankerin’… a hankerin’ for cupcakes. I only wanted one but it’s not like I can actually get away with making just one. Fred might pout about not getting one. So I made multiples.
I always cheat when it comes to the cake. My cakes have a tendency to come out like flat, dense, yuck. So I use box mix. But my frosting, ooooooh my frosting, THAT is ALWAYS homemade.
For these cupcakes I used yellow cake mix and wanted delicious chocolate frosting. So I went pinteresting…
You know what happens when you go pinteresting. It starts out very focused. Chocolate frosting. This is what I want. Oh, but look at these cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Oh, these are decorated like little kitties! Cats are weird, let me watch this video of cats stealing dog beds. Dogs! I want a puppy. This one is wearing a costume, what am I going to dress up as for Halloween? What was I looking for again? Oh yeah, chocolate frosting! Anyway…
So I found this recipe. OMG looks amazing right?! And I’m sure that it would be if I hadn’t messed it up. I’m not really sure what happened but it definitely wasn’t the fluffy, delightful buttercream from her picture! Boooooo! I mean, this is what happened… WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!?!?!
So, I gave up on that. Since it was 11:45pm, I was losing my patience with this frosting. I also had to make an SOS call to Fred to bring me home butter from work so I could make frosting in the morning.
Perhaps I’m just better at making frosting in the morning. Or maybe easier frosting recipes are better for me… I modified the one on the back of the Hershey’s Cocoa Powder box. Mostly because I didn’t have enough cocoa powder.
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk (I didn’t end up using all of this)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Melt the butter and chocolate together (in the microwave is easiest). Then alternately add powdered sugar and milk beating on medium speed. I did a cup of sugar then a small amount of milk, repeat with sugar and milk and then just sugar. I like my frosting thick so it stands up nice and pretty when I pipe it. Finally, mix in the vanilla.
Then I just piped it onto my cupcakes using the Wilton 1M tip and sprinkled a few little orange and black Halloween sprinkles on them. Oh, chocolatey delights! Better right?!