Cupcakes are always bad news at our house. Because an average cupcake recipe makes 24 cupcakes, all 24 have to be eaten somehow. And believe me, they get eaten. Here is how two days go when I have made cupcakes. After breakfast, Jack asks for a cupcake. Then Van sees that Jack has one and he wants one too. And then I eat one too. On Ethan's way out the door to work, he grabs one. After lunch, the boys and myself get rewarded for eating all of our lunch. After dinner, everyone has a cupcake and Ethan has two of them. The boys go to bed and Ethan and I have another cupcake. Eventually we run out of cupcakes and then I vow to never make cupcakes again and load my family up on that much sugar. There are bloggers who are cupcake masters. Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil is and so is Annie of Annie's Eats. And I wonder, what do you do with all those pretty cupcakes? If you eat them all, high five, you are among friends. But if not, please tell me you give them away instead of letting them end up in the trash.
For the cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Set oven to 350 degrees. Line two 12 cup muffin tins with cupcake liners and set aside.
Combine eggs, sugar and oil until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add to egg mixture while alternating with boiling water. Stir in vanilla extract.
Pour a scant 1/4 cup of batter into the muffin cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Completely cool cupcakes before frosting.
Yields 24 cupcakes.
Rookie's Notes: You might not use all the batter when filling the muffin cups. Don't try and use all of it. You will end up overfilling the cups and your cupcakes will sink.
Even though you have muffin liners in the muffin tins, may I suggest you spray the top of the tins anyways. It will help the finished cupcakes not stick to the tins after baking.
For the frosting:
6 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
7-9 Tbsp milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 tsp peppermint extract
Red food coloring
Fit a large pastry bag with a large star tip and set aside.
In a large bowl with a hand mixer, combine powdered sugar and butter until butter is broken down into coarse crumbs. Add milk until desired consistency is achieved. Stir in vanilla and peppermint extracts. Scrape half of the finished frosting into a separate bowl. Color the other half with a few drops of the red food coloring using the hand mixer.
Add large spoonfuls of frosting into the pastry bag, alternating colors. Twist the top of the bag and gently squeeze to pipe frosting onto the tops of the cupcakes.
Yields enough frosting for 24 cupcakes.
Rookie's Notes: I used a 14 inch pastry bag and it fit all the frosting. And good heavens, someone send me a link for a big huge star tip.