Sunday, April 24, 2011

Pirate Vs. Ninja Cupcakes: Chocolate Cupcake w/ Cookies & Cream Icing

So I know it has been a while since my last post, so sorry, I have been  fully immersed in end of semester craziness, Somehow I found time to make these super cool cupcakes for the last Ladies Climb night. This was the first chance I had to tell you about them. As you can see they are Pirate vs. Ninja themed goodies. I made chocolate cupcakes that turned out moist and delicious (see recipe below). For the icing, I just made a basic buttercream but added a packet of cream cheese and crumbled lots of Oreo's into it. It turned out tasting just like cookies and cream ice cream. Yum!

I bought the Pirate decorations from Bake it Pretty in downtown Asheville (My new favorite place!)
For the Ninja's I used the cream half of Oreos and painted ninja faces on with black decorative icing. I was pretty psyched on how they turned out! I also got to play for the first time with a large open star tip, also acquired from Bake it Pretty. Teaching myself how to make professional looking cupcakes is super fun and challenging. ( I should have taken a picture of the mess I made in my kitchen).

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe: (This is the doubled recipe and made about 18 regular and 24 small cupcakes)
1 1/2 cup cocoa powder 
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 sticks of butter (room temp)
2 cups of sugar
6 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla (I used maple syrup because I was out of vanilla and wanted to experiment) 
1 cup sour cream 
In one bowl combine butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla (or maple syrup in my case)

In a separate bowl combine cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder.

Add the cocoa mixture and sour cream in three sections, beginning and ending with cocoa mixture.
Once blended, fill baking cups half way and bake for 15 minutes (small) or 20 minutes (regular) Time varies according to oven!

Let cool and then frost, decorate, and ENJOY!

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