March 15, 2012

since i can't do homework...

I'll bake instead. (obvious choice!)

All of the chocolate chips fell to the bottom. Does anyone know how to remedy that? Is that why some recipes say to coat them in flour before adding them? If you know, please share!

Chocolate chip 'garnishes'... because it sounds fancy!

Perfectly (almost) piped buttercream

ps: Lilli really liked these... she's doing flips right now :)

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup half & half
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

For Buttercream:
6 tbsp unsalted butter, just a little colder than room temp
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp original flavor almond milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

-preheat oven to 350* and line 12 cup cupcake pan with paper liners.
-whisk together canola oil, half and half, eggs, vanilla, and sugar until smooth and completely combined. in another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. pour dry ingredients into wet and whisk until completely smooth. fold in chocolate chips.
-pour batter into each cup, 3/4 of the way full, making sure to spoon chocolate chips from the bottom of your bowl (because they will fall!) bake at 350* for 18-20 minutes, until just golden on top and a toothpick comes out clean of cake (it can have chocolate on it..)
-meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat butter and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. add cocoa powder and beat again until completely combined. add powdered sugar and 1 tbsp of the almond milk until combined. add the other tbsp if needed for consistency.

(makes 12 cupcakes and just enough buttercream to top all 12, no more, and no less!)

Have a wonderful day everyone, enjoy the weather we're having!

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