Moist chocolate cupcakes topped with a thick fudgy chocolate frosting and decorated to look like a grill.
When it comes to cupcake decorating I have the skills of a 3 year old (okay fine a 2 1/2 year old). I’m not great at piping. And you can forget about fondant!
Basic Chocolate Cupcakes
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 3/4 Cup Flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Cup Buttermilk, or 1/2 Cup of Milk with 2 teaspoons of vinegar.
- 1/2 Cup Butter, Softened
- 4 Ounces Unsweetened Chocolate, Roughly Chopped
- 3 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
- Coarse White Sugar
- Hot Tamales
- Black Decorating Gel
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
- In a large bowl whisk your dry ingredients together (cocoa powder, flour, baking soda/powder, and salt) just until combined. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl mix sugars, eggs, oil, and vanilla, and buttermilk. Gradually add dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.
- Ladle batter into lined pan (fill around 1/2 way full). Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
- Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave for 2-3 minutes (stirring frequently).
- Once melted add vanilla and milk. Gradually stir in powdered sugar.
- Spread frosting on cupcakes. Dust with sugar. Draw horizontal lines using the decorating gel.
- Top with 2-3 hot tamales. Draw additional grill marks if desired.
Cupcakes Adapted Via: Sally’s Baking Addiction
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