Cupcakes!

I made cupcakes today! I know, totally unhealthy and very fattening, but I just felt like baking. I haven’t felt like baking in a while, so this is a good thing. I love to cook, so it was nice to be back at it.

I found the recipe for the cupcakes online, but I didn’t really follow the directions. I seem to have a hard time following directions when I cook. It’s not that I don’t understand them or anything like that. I just find that I like making things my own way. If it’s something that I’ve never done before and I don’t know what I’m doing, I’ll follow the directions to a T, but if I’m familiar with it, I just do my own thing. Like today. I used the ingredient list, but then I just threw it all together in a bowl instead of following the intricate directions of mixing a few things here, beating together a few things there, slowly mixing and alternating these other ingredients. Give me a break. I can throw it all together in one bowl, mix it all at once and save about 20 minutes of annoyance and hassle. So, here is my version of the recipe:

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients
  3. Mix well.
  4. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full (about 1/4-1/2 cup batter)
  5. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick (or knife) inserted into the cake comes out clean.
I ended up cooking mine for 18 minutes. I started out at 15 minutes, but they were still pretty gooey, so I added 3 more minutes. I think they turned out rather well. If I do say so myself. lol.
Here is the recipe for frosting that I kinda followed:

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  2. Mix until smooth
  3. If necessary, adjust consistency with more milk or sugar.
The problem I had with this is that the frosting turned out really thick, so I added a bunch more evaporated milk. Way too much. It then became quite runny. So I added more powdered sugar. Well, the bag kinda fell and I dumped a ton in there. So then it was way too sweet. I decided to add more cocoa powder to counter-act the sweetness. It tasted a little off, so I added some more vanilla extract and VOILA! It tastes awesome! lol. I really really like how it turned out. It has a touch of a powdered sugar aftertaste, but it still tastes good. It’s very smooth and creamy. Just the way I like it! So, I think it was a success. My neighbor really liked them and my institute class seemed to enjoy them. So, I’m happy with the results.
Here is what they turned out like:

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