It's been quite awhile since I made cupcakes and that just ain't right.
Any of you who have been following this blog know of my cupcake love.
Cupcakes make people happy. I dare you to offer someone one and not see a smile on their face. I just doesn't happen. People love cupcakes and that's a fact.
Since we've needed a bit of cheering up around here lately, I thought cupcakes would be the perfect treat, so I whipped up a batch for my Mom's birthday last Sunday to go along with her birthday cake.
I used one of my favorite cupcake batters Billy's Vanilla Vanilla Cupcakes. I topped it with a Smitten Kitchen recipe for Instant Fudgy Frosting. The frosting recipe makes a lot. It could frost a layer cake easily. I piled it on high for a really traditional looking cupcake. No piping bag needed.
Moist vanilla, vanilla cupcakes with rich, not too sweet frosting.
Instant Fudgy Frosting
recipe from Smitten Kitchen
Makes 5 cups
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled.
4 ½ cups confectioners sugar
3 sticks, unsalted butter at room temp (yup I said 3)
6 tablespoons half & half or whole milk
1-tablespoon vanilla extract.
Place all ingredients in a food processor a pulse to incorporate, then process until frosting is smooth. If you need to firm it up a bit, just stick it in the fridge for 20 mins or so.