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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  • Courtney says:

    They look yummy! Great thrifty finds. Very creative! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • JP'sMOM says:

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

  • Liz@HoosierHomemade says:

    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!

  • Londa says:

    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!

  • Theresa says:

    Where did you get those peanutbutter chocolate chips? I have never seen them before. Looks yummmy!

  • Mama M. says:

    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˜‰

  • 3rascalsmama says:

    Love the cupcakes. Love super thrift store finds. Love love love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amalia Standard says:

    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

  • janis says:

    We will so have to go thrift store shopping sometime!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yummy, yummy, yummy!!! Those cakes look delicious!

  • Traci says:

    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!!

  • Jana says:

    OK, that’s it! It’s official. Regardless of what Tastespotting says, your presence is requested next Sunday, March 7th at our First Annual Bluegrass and Chocolate Festival. (It’s a mere 3.5 hours from the Cities…) We MUST have that square serving dish, all the marvelous cupcake creations (I chickened out on doing petit fours!) and your lovely self. Let me know & I’ll send you the details. You DO love Gospel/Bluegrass music, right? You’re a homeschooling family so I assume all of your children are already accomplished on at least 2 instruments. What?!? Audrey hasn’t even STARTED?!? Gasp. (Can you tell I didn’t get enough sleep last night?)
    Your amazingness astounds me.

  • bp says:

    Those are cute little cupcake stands! And the cupcakes look yummy too of course!
    Happy birthday to your hubby! There is a girl at church whose birthday is the 29th, I always wondered if it was hard/odd not to have a “real” birthdate each year!!
    Have a great week.

  • Cop Mama says:

    I love how you turned that thrift store find into a contemporary little cupcake stand! So cool!
    Ok, I’m all about the Heath toppings, are you kidding me!!!

  • Lucy says:

    gorgeous as usual! and i love the new cake stand ideas. what size frosting tip did you use to get the “dollop” of frosting look? it’s cute!

  • Katie says:

    Those look really good! I haven’t baked cupcakes in so long!

  • MommyTopics.com says:

    Those cupcakes are AMAZING! And the photography is FANTASTIC. I had never heard of Tastespotting until you mentioned it, but now that I’ve seen their site… you’re stuff absolutely belongs on there.
    But all that aside…
    I totally have a new artistic food activity for us. You have to come check it out. http://www.mommytopics.com …. Watch the VIDEO in my sidebar! We could so do that! … I think…?

  • Memoria says:

    1. BEAUTIFUL cupcakes!! They look perfect.
    2. LOVELY, PERFECT photos!!
    3. Great idea to spray paint the cupcake stands!! I go to the thrift store for blog dishes as well.

  • Joshua Phrakonekham says:

    You have got to give us the recipe for the “rich almond vanilla frosting”. These cupcakes look amazing!

  • Joy Ellis says:

    Love them!!

  • grace says:

    but of course the heath chips won–those little nuggets are amazing! and so are you–from refurbishing cake stands to baking up a storm, you’re a champ. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jessica says:

    Your cupcakes are gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laura says:

    Recipe for sweet almond vanilla frosting please… because my mouth started watering as soon as I read it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • susan says:

    mmmmmmm….. heath chips… vanilla almond frosting… YUM!

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    “There is Always Room For Cupcakes.” This is a motto I can live by! That frosting sounds fabulous!!!
    I went to the thrift store for some food props this weekend, too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Made it out with 2 pieces and a book for my nephew from under 3 bucks! Love that!

  • Tracy says:

    Love these! And I love your cupcake stand too. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Also, don’t listen to Tastespotting – your pictures are always gorgeous!)