Chocolate Cupcakes - Leap Year

Chocolate Cupcakes

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes.

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Kinda.

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.

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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.

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

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Do you like this cupcake stand?

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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.

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However, it also works well for the mini cupcakes!

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

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The winner by unanimous vote?

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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!

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

 

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion โ€“ With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. Yum! Another one I will have to try. My tastebuds thank you, my waistline however…not so happy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Crushed peppermint stick at Christmas.

  2. Love, love, love the cupcake stands! I have been visiting Goodwill lately too! Need to keep my eye open for 2 seperate pieces. Thanks for sharing!
    The cupcakes look yummy as always. I hope you will link up to Cupcake Tuesday this week!
    ~Liz

  3. Oh YUM! All my favorites…from Heath Chips on frosted chocolate cake to new cupcake stands! You’re definitely #1 in my book, too, Amanda! ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to try these, but the Jillian in my head is saying “no”! We’ll see who wins!

  4. Oh, wow. Um…did you know that I’m a cupcake junkie? That cupcakes are, like, my favorite treat? Forget Kate, will you be my new best friend?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Ohhhhh almond vanilla frosting sounds yummy…what’s your recipe? I LOVE the cake stands!!!! I am a sucker for cake stands and plates and especially love old antique platters and cake stands!!! Can’t wait to try the cupcake recipe

  6. You are hilarious Amanda! I adore a great thrift store find too. Awesome job and I will definitely have to try the mini cupcakes! They look so YuMmY!!
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