Sunday, April 5, 2009

Regular Size Cupcakes

I think this is my first ever blog entry that posts about cupcakes that aren't gigantic.

I have a learning team meeting for school tomorrow, so I decided to bake. That would get my baking itch satisfied as well as give me the chance to offload some of my goodies. After all, I really don't want a dozen cupcakes in my house. You don't need me to explain why.

This is a recipe that I have posted before, but it warrants a second look. It is my go-to chocolate cake recipe. It is also surprisingly easy, and can be made into a regular cake (8x8 sized pan), or into cupcakes. My mother was not convinced that these would do well in cupcake form, but I proved her wrong. Sorry Mom.

These cupcakes could be easily jazzed up by changing the frosting. Now, don't mess with the buttercream itself. It's just too good to be altered. I am suggesting that you use a different flavored extract. Peppermint for Christmas time, orange for the summer, lemon would be delicious, or how about almond? I am pretty certain that any extract would be good with the chocolate in the cupcakes.

Aren't these guys cute? I left them in their newborn form and decided not to taint them with sprinkles or food coloring. After all, who doesn't love just a plain cupcake? Let the flavor of the cake and the frosting taste for itself.

I hope my learning team likes them!

Sour Cream Chocolate Cupcakes
from: Pachey's Family Recipe

1 egg
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 shortening (I used butter)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1.5 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour milk (if you don't have sour milk, add a teaspoon of vinegar to the milk)
1/2 cup boiling water

* Put ingredients in order given. Beat. Pour into cupcake pans, filling the pan 2/3 full.
* Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Frost with Buttercream Frosting

1 pound confectioners sugar
5 tablespoons butter, softened
dash salt
teaspoon vanilla
milk (depending on consistency)

* Blend ingredients in mixer. Add milk to desired consistency. Frost cooled cupcakes.