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Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

This easy chocolate cupcake recipe uses a basic box mix, but doctors it up with buttermilk. You’ll love how easy this chocolate cupcake is to make, and how delicious the flavor is!

easy-chocolate-cupcake-recipeIt’s not uncommon for me to get comments and questions from readers, which indicate that they are new to baking, or want a recipe that will be, for lack of a more interesting word, easy.

Easy. Easy. Easy.

And let me testify to the fact that you don’t have to be new to baking to want that.  I want it All. The. Time.

You know what else I want all the time?  Chocolate. Which obviously makes this one of the best recipes ever. I could eat chocolate every day. It never gets old. There’s no time of year that’s not chocolate time of year.

Who’s with me?

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I don’t make cupcakes very often, and let me tell you why.  It’s partly because I would way rather have a cookie or brownie than a cupcake, but it’s mostly because of the frosting.

There are lots of bloggers out there creating these gorgeous cupcakes with perfectly swirled mounds of frosting on them, and I’m not going to lie, I’m a little jealous of their skills.  I can’t frost a cupcake to save my soul. (My friend Diane makes these beautiful frosting roses, if you’re interested.)

It’s the reason I prefer frosting like this, the kind you just smear on with a knife and doesn’t require a piping bag or any skills at all. EASY.

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You might be wondering what makes this cake so easy, and I will confess that I used a cake mix. But regular old cake mix cake is just sort of boring and not that fantastic, so I doctored it up with buttermilk and sour cream. It gives the cupcakes an awesome flavor, and makes them super simple to throw together.

My easy recipe friends, this one is totally for you.

(If you are looking for a recipe that is from scratch, check this awesome Devil’s Food Cake from Chocolate Moosey, and this Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting from Barefeet in the Kitchen.)

 

Want more? Try these fun cupcakes!

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Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
 
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A simple chocolate cupcake recipe using cake mix and buttermilk.
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 18
Ingredients
CAKE:
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg + 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
FROSTING:
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
Instructions
  1. For cake, place all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and mix until combined.
  2. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners, and fill each cup about half full. Bake at 350F for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. Let cupcakes cool completely.
  4. For frosting, combine all ingredients in a small bowl, until smooth. Lightly frost cooled cupcakes.

 

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting

This gingerbread cupcake recipe is perfect for the holidays.  Your family will love these gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #HoidayFoodParty Christmas!I will take any excuse to make gingerbread baked goods.

Like, it’s December.  Or it’s cold outside.  Or it’s Tuesday.

I just love that combination of spices and molasses and cake.  Cake frosted with a combination of spices and cream cheese and sugar.

Whoever came up with gingerbread in the first place was a genius.  Genius, I tell you.

You know what else was genius?  Spending this holiday party with my friends.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #HoidayFoodParty Christmas!

You remember my friends, right?  We’ve been celebrating holidays together for a while now.  Perhaps you remember last year’s Christmas party?

We had so much fun at all our previous parties, we decided to do it again this Christmas.  We’ve all come up with some fun new holiday recipes, just for you.  See what I mean?

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1. Chocolate Peppermint Bark from Cravings of a Lunatic
2. Buche de Noel from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
3. Cranberry Moscow Mule from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
4. Chocolate Gingerbread Crumb Cake from Hungry Couple
5. Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
6. Apres Ski Boozy Tea from Pineapple and Coconut
7. Raspberry Almond Torte from Magnolia Days
8. Fruit and Nut Bars from What Smells So Good

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #HoidayFoodParty Christmas!

I’m adding this Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe to my collection of reasons why I love Gingerbread!!

 

Want more?  Try these gingerbread recipes!

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Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting
 
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A spicy molasses cupcake with spiced cream cheese frosting.
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 15 cupcakes
Ingredients
CUPCAKES:
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
FROSTING:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. FOR CUPCAKES: Cream shortening and brown sugar. Add egg and molasses and mix well.
  2. Add spices, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix well.
  3. Add milk and flour alternately, mixing just until combined.
  4. Fill lined muffin cups about halfway, and bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.
  5. FOR FROSTING: Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add spices and mix to incorporate. Add powdered sugar, and mix until combined, thick and smooth. (You can add more or less powdered sugar to reach the consistency you want.)
  6. Use a piping bag to pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.

 

Orange Funfetti Cupcakes

Sprinkles turn this orange cake into something special!  This orange cake mix is kicked up with buttermilk, sour cream and sprinkles, for a fun take on the classic funfetti!

sprinklesIt got a little crazy on my Facebook page the other day.  Here’s how it started:

I dropped off a neighborhood kid at his home, and I asked him if he would be able to get into his house, because I knew his parents kept the doors locked and he generally had no key or way to get in.  He said yes, but since his parents work from home, he had to wait a while after ringing the bell for his mom to make it to the door.

I told Robb about this and he was dumbfounded.  “People lock their doors while they’re home?”

“Yes, my love, they do.”  I tried to explain how a mom of young children might want the doors locked, but he comes from a very small town in the middle of a state full of very small towns, and this whole concept was completely foreign to him.

“I hate living in the city,” was his reply.

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Since I was pretty unsuccessful at convincing him how normal this is, I went to Facebook.  I asked people to weigh in on whether they lock their doors while they are home.  If you want to read the entire thread, you can do it here.

Robb obviously believes “Y’all are CRAZY.”  (This was his comment after I sent him a text message telling him it was heating up and he might want to check out how incredibly right I am.)

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Funfetti Oreo Stacks

Funfetti Oreo Stacks; Funfetti cake layered with Oreo cookies, frosting, and sprinkles.  A great funfetti recipe for birthdays!

funfettiWhoever came up with the word “funfetti” was brilliant, because everyone knows sprinkles are more fun.

Since the neighbor and long time friend of the Hippie Chick was having a birthday, we wanted to celebrate with something, well… fun.  And, obviously it’s more fun if it has the word “fun” in it.

Or if it has Oreos.

And so I used both.

Truth be told, I’m not completely prepared for the upcoming birthday season at our house.  It begins in May and lasts until October.  It’s intense, it’s expensive, and it means my kids are getting old.

I keep thinking, if I plan early, if I prepare ahead of time with birthday cake recipes and party ideas, maybe the emotional blow my childrens’ birthdays are becoming to me will be easier to handle.

It probably won’t work.  But it’s all I’ve got.

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So, the Hippie Chick and I were having a conversation about this.

Me: Bean’s birthday is tomorrow.  Should we get her a gift?
Hippie Chick: Yes!
Me:  What should we get her?
HC: I don’t know.  I can’t think of anything good.
Me: Maybe we should bake her a treat?
HC: Yes!  Great idea!  Let’s make something vanilla.  Everyone likes vanilla.

I literally cannot break her of this belief.  Lord knows I’ve tried.

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The process is amazingly simple.  Get yourself a Funfetti box cake mix, and make it according to the package directions, except pour it into a sheet pan to bake, so you get this thin sheet cake with cute sprinkles.  Use a round cookie cutter to cut little circles from the cake, then layer them between Oreos with frosting.

Top with sprinkles.  Devour.  Repeat.

Happy Birthday, Miss Bean!

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Vanilla Cupcakes

This is the best Vanilla Cupcake recipe, which includes buttermilk and sour cream.  This white cake recipe is dense, moist, and delicious, with a simple buttermilk icing.

Vanilla Cupcakes from JensFavoriteCookies.com - the best vanilla cupcake you'll ever have!My Hippie Chick daughter will choose vanilla over chocolate every time.  Leading me to believe that she was switched at birth.

She will even say things like, “This is too chocolatey,” as if there were such a thing.

I blame my husband.  Robb will buy vanilla bean ice cream 9 times out of 10.  The other 1 time will be chocolate chip, or starlight mint, which are nice, but sometimes I want chocolate with nuts and caramel and peanut butter and marshmallows and chunks of brownies.  That’s what I’m talking about.

Despite my outwardly bad attitude about this, I have to say that I love a good white cake.  {The key word being “good.”}  It’s a staple in our household.

Most cakes are too soft and airy and crumbly for my taste.  I hate it when I’m eating cake, and I feel like I just got some crumbs in my lungs, because I inhaled while the cake was near my face.

Give me something dense and fudgy.  Something you know you’re eating.  That’s my kind of cake.

Vanilla Cupcakes from JensFavoriteCookies.com - the best vanilla cupcake you'll ever have!

I actually love this recipe, because it’s super easy.  You start with a boxed white cake mix, and then you improve on it by adding your own concoction of creamy milk fats.

Mmmm…  milk fat.

And can we just talk about the elephant in the room for a minute?  As in, why are these Vanilla Cupcakes pink?  Funny story.

Well, not that funny.  More like pathethically sad.

The thing is, I had this *brilliant* idea about making them into an  ombre cupcake.  Something elegantly beautiful, like this pink cake or this blue-green-ish cupcake.  And then, the red food coloring came out a little fast, and before I knew it, the top half of the cupcakes was a WAY darker shade of pink than the bottom half.

*sob* *sniff*

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The idea is totally sound though.  You might have more luck if you try it yourself.

Or just color the whole cupcake.

Or don’t color it at all.  This cake is yum-tasty, colored or not.

One more word, this one about the totally boring-looking frosting.  I made this beautiful cream cheese frosting to pipe into beautiful tall swirls on the beautiful pink cupcakes, but I ended up scrapping it in favor of this simple buttermilk icing.  When I tasted the really delicious cream cheese frosting with the really delicious buttermilk and sour cream white cake, I was sad that the combination wasn’t mind blowing.  In fact, it wasn’t a very good combination at all.

Don’t ask me why.  I have no idea.

But this simple buttermilk icing was really delicious on the cupcakes, without distracting from the simple vanilla flavor.

The icing was the right decision, even if the red food coloring wasn’t.
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Diet Cherry Cola Cupcakes and Mothers Day Extravaganza

Some friends and I decided to get together and share with you some fun Mother’s Day ideas.  Because Mother’s Day is awesome.  I found myself in something of a conundrum when my original post idea turned into an embarrassing kitchen disaster.  Like really embarrassing.  Like, so embarrassing, my son wanted to turn my dessert into a practical joke by feeding it to his brother.  Yeah, I felt super awesome when he said that out loud.

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Friday Favorites #2: Best Recipes this week from the Blogosphere

I went to one of my favorite home decorating stores the other day, and bought some fun little dishes and napkins, and some gifts for friends.  I wish I had had more time to browse the Easter decorations, because the stuff I saw was dang cute!  I have seen so many cute Easter decorating ideas this year, different ways to color eggs, printables, crafts, and of course, wonderful recipes!  It is honestly difficult to narrow it down to just five.

But, for you, I’ll do it.

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