Tuesday, July 17, 2012

♥ Tea on Tuesday: Chocolate Cupcakes ♥

 •2 cups all-purpose flour
•2 cups sugar
•1 teaspoon salt
•1/2 teaspoon baking soda
•1/4 cup baking cocoa
•1 cup water
•1 cup canola oil
•1/2 cup butter, cubed
•2 eggs
•1/3 cup buttermilk
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract

•1 cup packed brown sugar
•1/2 cup butter, cubed
•1/4 cup milk
•2 to 2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar

•In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring the cocoa, water, oil and butter to a boil. Gradually add to dry ingredients and mix well. Combine the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla; gradually add to batter and mix well (batter will be very thin).

 • Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

 • For icing, in a heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and milk. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium. Do not stir. Cook for 3-6 minutes or until bubbles form in center of mixture and syrup turns amber. Remove from the heat; transfer to a small bowl. Cool to room temperature. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Frost cupcakes.

Yield: 2 dozen.

~~yummy recipe and photo from: Taste of Home, April/May 2007~~

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