And that’s about how much time I’ll need to find something she and I deem worthy of her wedding. So get ready to see a lot of muffin tins, paper liners, and piped icing, dear readers, because this is going to be an adventure.
Starting with Frosted Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes. They’re from a way-old issue of Everyday Food. Think pre-2002 old.
Frosted Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes are not wedding worthy. But that’s because they’re delicate and crumbly. Two ideal characteristics in a cupcake. Just not ones that need to be baked in advance and successfully transported to a far away location.
Frosted Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes are deeply, almost densely chocolatey. They are reminiscent of a box-mix cupcake in their texture, but don’t even compare in their flavor. They are in a class of their own in that regard. They also come together quite quickly, and are a great last minute addition to your weekend barbecue.
To make a dozen, you will need:
- 3/4 C flour
- 3/4 C sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 6 T unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 T unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 6 T buttermilk
- 1 large egg plus 1 large egg white
- A good recipe for cream cheese (scroll down), because what I made was not memorable
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk cocoa and 3 T hot water until a thick paste forms (Martha’s team assures me that this will create a richer flavor in the cupcakes. As the cupcakes tasted quite rich, without being heavy, I’m inclined to agree.). Add butter, buttermilk, egg, and egg white; beat until combined. Whisk in flour mixture until smooth.
Scoop batter into prepared tins. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, or with a few crumbs, about 20 minutes. Let cool several minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. When completely cool, frost with cream cheese icing. Top with sprinkles of your choice, should you be in a sparkly mood.