Taylor wanted both chocolate cupcakes and vanilla cupcakes for her 8th birthday party. I googled "moist chocolate cupcakes" and The Farm Chicks blog popped up. These were the most delicious super moist cupcakes I've ever eaten. Seriously, I could eat several of these a day. Even my daughter Madison said they were the best ever. The original recipe uses a vanilla buttercream. I used my chocolate buttercream recipe to take the chocolate flavor all the way.
I made 24 of these chocolate cupcakes, and 24 of these vanilla sweetheart cupcakes.
The kids and adults loved both of them! One of Taylor's friends said "these are delightful!" How cute is that! I got these cute cupcake wrappers on Etsy.
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, not packed
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with 24 liners. Sift together dry ingredients into a large stand mixer bowl. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Beat for two minutes, scraping the sides as needed. Add the boiling water and beat just until blended. The batter will be watery.
Pour the batter into a large measuring cup or bowl with a spout. Evenly pour the batter into the cupcake liners. Bake for 14-18 minutes, or until the center of the cupcakes spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
4 T unsalted butter, softened
4 T Crisco shortening
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
7 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 cup milk - approximately
In a large stand mixer bowl, beat together the butter and Crisco until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat to combine. Sift the powdered sugar and cocoa powder into the creamed butter mixture. Slowly add in the milk, a little at a time, until the right consistency. If you are piping the frosting, it needs to be thick. Beat for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and decorate. Enjoy!