Thursday, April 24, 2008

I've Been Dreaming of . . .

chocolate cupcakes. Yes, chocolate cupcakes. It started a few weeks ago. I woke up from a nap with a picture of the perfect chocolate cupcake in my head. I resisted the image for as long as I could, substituting raspberry sorbet or a piece of fruit, hoping the craving would go away. But it wouldn't. So last night I got out my mother's old cupcake tin and made my favorite chocolate cake recipe. Then I whipped up some chocolate buttercream (no crisco for this girl . . .) with really good Belgian chocolate. I poured a glass of icey cold milk and took a bite. . . I was transported back to childhood and went to bed with a smile on my face . . .

Here's the recipe, from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

1 2/3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Butter and lightly flour 2 8-inch round cake pans or one 9 x 13 inch pan. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Add the buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla, bewating until smooth. Spread in the pans and bake about 20-25 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before turning out on rack.

My tips: Use really good cocoa and good vanilla. That imitation vanilla will ruin anything it touches.


Lana said...

Sounds good ~ and I don't usually like chocolate cake! What about the buttercream frosting recipe? I'll have to send this to Jess. She loves chocolate AND making desserts!

Doreen said...

Oh my goodness Sarah this sounds so great and the cupcakes are so pretty :) I too would like the buttercream frosting recipe if you wanted to share it :)

I'm sorry to say that I didn't even know you had this blog..I will add you to my blog list.

Take care,

KayEllen said...

Cupcakes make me feel like a kid again! This one looks amazing!
Yum! Great Photo:)


Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Looks delicious.