I've been cooking up all sorts of experimental flavors this week (my fridge is filled with all sorts of fun stuff), and I'll post something about those soon. But sometimes it's nice to just make a batch of something without any guessing or weirdness that doesn't require any special purchases, and that's the story of these chocolate cupcakes.
These are Sweetapolita's Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes (there is NO BUTTER in that cupcake recipe. I was horrified and checked it three times) with her whipped vanilla frosting--I'm normally not a fan of powdered-sugar-based frostings (blanket term: American buttercream) but this one is pretty damn good. And it's almost completely hands-off as long as you've got a stand mixer. Amazing.
These were taken to a potluck to accompany a hotdog bar. All was right with the world.
(A note about cupcakes: they are not my gift. I am finally getting to the point where I don't overfill the damn things, but that's really the best I've got. I use them for cake tasting and when I need something quick--like this!--and that's about it. Team cake for life.)