Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
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This is my mother's recipe and I think she got it from Hershey's from the back of a cocoa can.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 28
Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 385 grams (2 cups) sugar
  • 220 grams (1¾) cups plain/all-purpose flour
  • 85 grams (3/4 cup) cocoa
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
Wilton Buttercream Frosting
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • few drops food colouring
Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F and line muffin pan with baking cups
  2. In a large mixer bowl whisk together the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add the wet ingredients (minus the boiling water), eggs, milk, oil and vanilla into a large measuring cup or small bowl and lightly whisk to combine
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the boiling water and beat on low until combined. (the batter will be thin)
  6. Fill the baking cups to ¾ full and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 22-25 minutes for regular sized cupcakes. Mini cupcakes took 14 minutes for mine.
  7. Cool completely before frosting.
Wilton Buttercream Frosting
  1. In a mixer bowl beat the butter and shortening together until light and fluffy then add the vanilla.
  2. Reduce speed to low and add sugar one cup at a time, when the one cup is incorporated increase speed to medium. Scrape bowl and add another cup of sugar until it's all gone.
  3. Slowly add the milk and food colouring if desired and continue to beat until light and fluffy.
  4. If the icing is too stiff, you can add a tablespoon of light corn syrup, some water or some milk to thin it down a bit.
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