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CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES/ Almost Homemade



Having grown up with a mother and aunts who baked everything from scratch, I rarely use a cake mix. But it is a timesaver especially for last minute baking. Just say it’s the night before the church bake sale or your child’s birthday celebration at school or a backyard barbeque. You could pick up cupcakes at the grocery store or one of the pricey local cupcake shops. Don’t fret … buy a cake mix and leave the canned frosting on the grocer’s shelf. Simply add three ingredients to the cake mix, pour the batter into cute cupcake liners and bake.

Now, use the time you saved to whip up a delicious frosting. This Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting will make your cupcakes taste like homemade. You will not be able to resist licking the spoon but save some frosting for the cupcakes! Cream cheese makes this a rich frosting and a smidge of coffee enhances the chocolate taste.


Chocolate Cupcakes
Pillsbury Devil’s Food Cake Mix
Add eggs, water and corn oil
Bake at 375 for 12-14 minutes.

Hint: Baking tips suggest swapping out two ingredients to improve the taste of a box cake.
Instead of water use milk and instead of oil use melted butter.


Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
½ cup Butter (1 stick), softened
8 oz Cream Cheese, chilled
1 tsp Vanilla
½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa
¼ tsp Salt
4 cups Confectioner’s Sugar
1½ tsp Coffee
1 - 2 tbsp Heavy Cream
Chocolate Sprinkles (optional)

Blend Butter and Cream Cheese until creamy. Add Vanilla.
Add Cocoa, Salt and one cup of Confectioner’s Sugar. Mix well.
Gradually add remaining Confectioner’s Sugar alternating with Coffee and Heavy Cream
[This is a slight variation of Glory’s Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting recipe at Glorious Treats]




For baking tips on how to make perfect cupcakes, visit Glory at Glorious Treats.
 
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12 comments:

  1. Wow! Just WOW! Everything you make looks so fantastic!

    Kay

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  2. Gorgeous and they look so yummy! Beautiful job once again!

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen! Although, I definitely need more practice piping the swirls. It looks so easy when I see the experts do it! Have a nice weekend.

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  3. The cupcakes sound delicious! ( Love all of your desserts! )

    Think I'm adding a cake mix to my grocery list. =)

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    1. Thank you, Melissa! I found the baking tips with the substitutions for the mix ingredients after I baked these cupcakes. If you decide to use the substitutions, let me know how they turn out.

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  4. Ha! Your cupcakes look so pretty , they could be in the window of a cupcake shop!

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    1. Thank you. That's very nice of you to say. Have a great day!

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  5. WOw, Joan! Those cupcakes look soooooo good! That chocolate cream cheese icing looks luscious! Thanks for sharing those great tips on how to vamp up a box mix. These look perfectly home made to me! :)

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    1. Hi Anne, The tip for improving the taste of a box cake is found in various places on the Internet. I have yet to try these substitutions. Your summertime salads look superb. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. We all need a shortcut now and then---especially when the result is this fabulous!!

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    1. Yes. There are only so many hours in a day. Thanks for dropping by.

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