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Cupcakes!

Here they are fresh from the oven:

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I got the recipe from a site I just recently found and I really should delete it from my bookmarks because it is *dan*ger*ous*.  Know what I mean Vern? (oh my gosh, I am *so* old.  Please tell me someone else remembers those commercials?)

Anyway the site is Cupcake Bake Shop and this woman is just a cupcake genius (I just misspelled the word 'genius' *and* the word 'misspelled'...evil spellcheck is mocking me). 

I am warning you *Do Not* click that link if you are hungry, or like cupcakes...or you know...have an oven and some sugar....because you will be sorry...(I'm just kidding...go there right now...so many pretty cupcakes!!)

Here is the recipe:

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cupcakes
24 regular cupcakes / 350 degree oven

    3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter
    2 cups sugar
    3 eggs
    2 cups flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup cocoa powdered
    2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
    1-1/2 cups milk
    2 teaspoons vanilla

1. Beat butter until softened. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating 30 seconds after each addition.
3. Measure the flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, and espresso powder into a medium sized bowl and whisk to combine.
4. Measure the milk and vanilla into a measuring thing.
5. Add about a third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and beat to combine. Add about a half of the milk/vanilla and beat to combine. Continue adding, alternating between dry and wet and finishing with the dry.
6. Scoop batter into cupcake cups about 2/3’s full.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

After I made the batter I realized I had just put *coffee* in cupcakes for kids who will most likely be eating three tons of sugar and chocolate... I feel bad, but you know, they are *mini* cupcakes...and it's really not *that* much.... only 2 Tablespoons in like seventy-five little cupcakes....and.... please don't tell the other homeschool moms ok?

I made buttercream frosting using a recipe I've had (and tweaked) since I taught cake decorating classes years ago:

Buttercream Frosting
    1 1/2 cups (2-1/2 sticks) butter
    6 cups powdered sugar
    1/4 cup milk
    1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1. Beat butter until softened.
2. With mixer on low, alternately add milk, sugar and vanilla
3. Beat until mixed thoroughly
4. Be sure not to over mix or you will create air bubbles in the icing.

Here they are in all their frosted and sprinkled glory.

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In spite of my own recipe saying not to over mix I *did* in fact over mix the icing and created a bunch of air bubbles, but other than that I think they turned out pretty cute. 

I'm ashamed to admit how many pictures I took of them.  In fact I'm not going to tell you. 

Here's a sliced one.  I was trying to get a shot like the cupcake lady, but it didn't turn out quite as good as hers.

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So now off to lick the icing bowl do a final load of laundry and get myself to bed.

I will not be here tomorrow, but I have cleverly *scheduled* a special valentine post just for you.  I think you will like it.  (if you've been reading my blog for awhile it may be a repeat, but it's so, so good I just had to post it again.)

Happy Heart Day Eve!

M~
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"When you're given a box of candy, don't gulp it all down; eat too much chocolate and you'll make yourself sick..."
-Proverbs 25:16 the message

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