Sunday, June 19, 2011

"Maryland" Cupcakes!

Graduation was last month and a friend of mine was having a graduation party this past weekend (Technically now last weekend, I'm a little behind with my posts). Naturally, I decided to bake for the occasion. They were pretty basic with my favorite Devil's Food Cake cupcake recipe from Martha Stewart and a Cream Cheese frosting. 

The Devil's Food Cake recipe was used in a Cupcake Bite post earlier, but the batter was halved, so here are the directions again

Martha Stuart's Devil's Food Cake:
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup hot water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp coarse salt
1 1/2 cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter
2 1/4 cup sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream, room temperature

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan. Whisk together hot water and cocoa until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Melt butter with sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl. With an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat until the mixture is cooled, approx. 4-5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time. Add vanilla, then cocoa mixture and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low and add the flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the sour cream. Beat until just combined. Fill liners 3/4 full. 

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese
14 tbsps (1 and 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

On medium-high speed, beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Add vanilla and mix until fully incorporated. Frosting can be spread on using a butter knife or piped using a storage bag (with the tip cut off) or a piping bag!

These cupcakes are decorated with sprinkles and red melting chocolates. The "M" was drawn free hand and filled in with additional chocolate! 

As a special treat, for a "super" special guy I know, I decorated the additional cupcakes with the infamous superman symbol since he's in love with superman. I colored the extra frosting with blue and yellow gel food coloring (separately of course) and used the red melting chocolates to make the shape. It's a little rough since it was free-hand, but overall I was pretty proud, and he definitely appreciate the effort :)

Happy baking :)

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