Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Thing 1 birthday

Easter Sunday was also Thing 1’s 10th birthday. She celebrated with a couple of friends this past weekend with a ‘sleepover’ . . . what a misnomer. Who came up with that word? The Husband came home from tiling floors around midnight and we went to bed later, still hearing some snickering and giggling upstairs. We talked for a while and tried to doze off . . . *giggle* . . . The Husband went to talk to them around 2 AM and told them they needed to be quiet. I poked him in the ribs later and said they are *still* up . . . it was 3:15 and Thing 1 and a friend were still talking. The Friend thought she was really smart . . . when the Husband came and told them he was sending one of them to a different room she pretended she was asleep so he wouldn’t move her . . . she thought she had really tricked him . . . those parents are so DUMB!!! Once separated they did finally go to sleep but the Little Girls, who didn’t get to sleep with the big girls, got up at 6:30 AM to play with them. Saturday was a big nap day here.

My Tartlet 1 did not want a traditional birthday cake. She requested cupcakes that each person could decorate individually and she looked through the cookbooks on the shelf and picked this recipe, which I modified a little.


Cocoa Fudge Cake (adapted from Betty Crocker, 1969)

2 c. cake flour

1 1/2 c. caster sugar

3/4 c. cocoa

1 1/2 t. soda

1 t. salt

1 1/2 c. buttermilk (soured milk)

1/2 c. shortening

2 eggs (1/3 to 1/2 c.)

1 t. vanilla

1 c. mini chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 F. Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray and set aside.

Measure all ingredients into large mixer bowl. Blend 30 seconds on low speed, scraping bowl constantly. Beat 3 minutes high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into tins.

Bake 20 min or until tester comes out clean. Cool.

I made some butter cream/ cream cheese frosting with orange flavor by request of the Tartlet and we had some leftover sour cream chocolate frosting from the bombe. I set out bowls with mini M & Ms and sprinkles and let the girls decorate their own cupcakes. They had a lot of fun with it but, as usual with kids, they mostly ate their candies and licked up the frosting and ate only bits of the cupcakes.


4 Responses

  1. What a fun idea! She’s brilliant. That’s the way sleepovers are…I remember one party a friend had…we stayed up the whole night reading a book that she had gotten for her birthday, I think it was our goal to read the whole thing and we succeeded. At least you got to take naps!

  2. Tartlet! I love it! LOL.

  3. She rolls her eyes when I call her Thing 1 but she smirks when I call her Tartlet. She likes to experiment so once she learns a few basic kitchen skills, I think she’ll have a lot of fun in the kitchen; I just need to loosen up a little and give her the opportunities to learn.

  4. Sleepovers…something I am sure will be in my future but I would like to put off as long as possible!
    Your girl is smart…those cupcakes look amazing!

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