Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hersheys Quick'N'Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

I have not made cupcakes in SO long and oh my goodness it was a blast. Since the last time I made them, my decorating skills have slightly evolved, hence the more elaborate icing design than just slapping it on with a knife (which is just as good too!). I added some chocolate chips to the batter because I need multi-textured food; it really is bad I know. I also doubled the icing recipe, but shh...don't tell anyone. :)

Seriously, these were probably the best cupcakes I've ever made, thanks to Hersheys of course.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup Hershey's Cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup shortening, softened (usually I HATE using shortening, but don't substitute here. This really did make a lot of difference in the texture).
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup hot water
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup chocolate chips (semisweet or milk)
Creamy Fudge Frosting-recipe below

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin cups with paper baking cups.
2. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add shortening, eggs, milk, water, and vanilla; beat on low speed of mixture for 1 min. (try doing this without a mixer...your arm will get a good workout I promise). Beat on medium speed for an additional 3 min or until mixture is smooth. Fill cups 1/2 full with bater.
3. Bake 15-20 min. or until the center of each cupcake springs back when touched lightly in the center. Remove cupcakes from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. 

4. Prepare frosting and frost the cupcakes however you desire. 

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1/2 cup cocoa
3 2/3 cups (1 pound) powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
dash of salt
1/3 cup of water (you may not use all of this. If you add too much, just add more sugar).
Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Add cocoa; stir until smooth and well blended. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt alternately with water; beat with a spoon or whisk until smooth and creamy.


The Food Hunter said...

chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting are my favorite. these look great.

Aaron and Andrea said...

Ok so I went to make these cupcakes last night, and your directions are incomplete! You shoudl retype them, or at least send me an email. I want to try them!

Fade & Blur said...

The frosting sounds sooo gooood!! I'll have to give them a try!