Wednesday, June 9, 2010

DIY Chocolate Cupcakes: Her Birthday Wish

Cakes from a mix always seem to turn out better for me than making a cake from scratch.  So on the day of my daughter's birthday party, I had a choice to make.  Risk attempting a chocolate cake from scratch or pull out the trusty Pillsbury mix that I had stocked in my cupboard the month before.  Easy choice, right?  Except my daughter expressly requested chocolate cupcakes, and I had only yellow cake mix on hand.  So I decided to improvise with the cake mix.

Here was the happy result:
We let each guest decorate her own cupcake.  
Here I chose chocolate frosting with coconut.

And here's how to do it:

1.  Heat one cup of water to a boil and stir in 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder until dissolved.
2.  Cool the dissolved cocoa mixture in a pan of cold water.  Place in the freezer to speed cooling.
3.  Meanwhile, grease or line a muffin tin.  In a large mixing bowl, pour yellow cake mix, eggs, oil, and cooled cocoa and water mixture.  Blend batter and bake cakes according to package instructions.

This idea is linked to Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.


Amy said...

I love making what I have work. This is a great idea!
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Zion said...

Way to be resourceful! Looks delicious.

Lynn said...

This is a great tip and so easy to do. Thanks for sharing it.

Jennifer said...

that is great, I would have just add the dry cocoa to the cake mix, but I don't know if that would have worked. The cupcakes look great.