Leap Year Cupcakes

filed under: Cupcakes on February 28, 2010
Chocolate Cupcakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cupcakes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 3 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Add vanilla. Combine. Add flour mixture alternately with the milk, mix well. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full.

  4. Bake for about 15 minutes.



My dear husband celebrated his 38th birthday recently.

Which is actually up for debate since he is a Leap Year baby and is technically only 9 1/2.

(Does that make me a cougar?)

Even though birthday gifts quickly got cut when we started a budget, there is always room for cupcakes.

I think thats my new motto.

“There is Always Room For Cupcakes.”

Its catchy. You can have it if you want.

I think my new favorite alternate motto is, “Make it Yours!” I seem to say that a lot.

He decided on chocolate. *I* decided on rich almond vanilla frosting. Wow. I’m in love.


Do you like my new cupcake stand?

I went to the thrift store this weekend. Its a .25 (thats twenty five cents) 6×4 inch platter on top of a .50 (fifty cent) crystal candle holder.

Yeah. I paid .75 (seventy five cents) for the whole thing.


These are mini cupcakes. Only three average size cupcakes fit on the stand.


Do you like this cupcake stand?


The price tag says $2.00. How cool is that? I spray painted it white and viola!

Ok. I am done talking about my thrift store finds on my baking blog. Promise.


However, it also works well for the mini cupcakes!


You know I cannot leave well enough alone. I wanted to try something new! (new to me)




The winner by unanimous vote?


Heath Chips.

The combination of sweet almond vanilla frosting over moist chocolate cake is enough to make my mouth water… but then add in the slight crunch of a delicious Heath chip that melts away to a rich buttery goodness and well… its just about perfection.

If you try it, let me know how you make it yours!

Be sure to stop by my flickr group if you want more inspiration.

And feel free to stop by twitter and say hello! @manda2177


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  • Emily says:

    my guy is a leap year boy too, 7 1/2 this year lol. He wanted chocolate too. I made him a chocolate torte. 1lb bittersweet chocolate, 1lb unsalted butter, 1 cup strong coffee – melted in a double boiler. 8 eggs, 1 cup of sugar wisked together. When the chocolate, butter, and coffee are melted and cooled combine with eggs and sugar. bake in a greased springform pan for an hour at 350. Covered it in strawberries and powdered sugar.
    also LOVE the cupcake stands

  • Carolyn Jung says:

    I’d leap over anything for those cupcakes and that classy, creative glass cupcake stand. 😉

  • Julie says:

    Can you please post the recipe for both the vanilla almond and the mint frosting? I NEED them! :o)

  • Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says:

    Happy Birthday to your hubby 🙂
    I love the cupcakes, they look amazing!
    at first I was thinking what are “health chips” I guess I read it real fast and added letters LOL HEATH chips I would love. I make toffee and love when there are “crumbs” to top off things with. Your look so delicious!

  • abby says:

    Those look so amazing!!
    Way awesome thrift store finds…so creative!

  • Heather says:

    Wow! Those are great…I’m not sure which I like best–the cupcakes or the thrift store finds! Please don’t stop telling us about the thrift store treasure. ;o)

  • Natasha says:

    Delicious, but what I’d really like to do right now is to go to your thrift store! xo

  • tia says:

    I adore that stand!

  • Joy says:

    I love the cupcake stands! They’re so easy to make… my (former) roommate just got married and we made a whole bunch of them for the cupcakes at her wedding!! They’re such an antique looking fun display.
    My personal favorite was a teacup with a delicate plate on top of it =o)

  • Barbara says:

    What fabulous thrift store finds! You have a great eye. Your little cupcakes look so sweet sitting on top of your purchases. And I love the white delightful spoonful of frosting on top!

  • Paige Galla says:

    Does it get any cuter? I love your spray paint job! You scored at the thrift store! Thanks for the adorable inspiration!

  • Amanda says:

    I agree with the other posters. Almond vanilla frosting recipe please! 🙂

  • gaia says:

    Can you give me the vannilla forsting recipe? how do you make frosting?

  • holly says:

    Hey:) Love your thrift store finds! Just wanted to let you know I started a new blog-a food blog;) I would love to have you come by some time and check it out:) I made your heart cake and posted it on my family blog-now more than ever blog. Anywhoo I’ll stop rambling on, also I want to add your blog to my blog list but cant get the link to work??

  • Helen says:

    I love finding new chocolate cupcake recipes!!! Thank you, now for your frosting recipe?????

  • Grapefruit says:

    love everything – the cupcakes, the stands, the PB and chocolate chips…!! I don’t know how i missed this post. Your new posts on iambaker are not showing up in my reader for some time now.

  • Liz says:

    I’d be 500 pounds if I lived with you!

  • Joshua says:

    I just made these and they look perfect. I substituted your delicious-sounding, but MIA, almond vanilla buttercream for my famous orange buttercream. It went perfectly with the chocolate. I also used a 199 tip to make them even more pleasing to the eye. Brilliant… seriously the best chocolate cupcake I’ve ever made!!

  • Lauren says:

    Love the idea for our re-purposed cupcake pedestal!

  • fau says:

    Hi dear 🙂
    I love the look of your frosting, is it possible if you could email me the recipe, or post the recipe online? Iive been looking for a thick frosting recipe like that! TIA!

  • Tiffany says:

    any way to get the vanilla almond recipe? looks totally delicious!

  • iwona says:

    How many mini cupcakes does this recipe yield? thanks!

  • Barbara says:

    I love the new life you’ve given these thrift store finds! I am totally inspired!

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