Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chocolate or Vanilla Birthday Cupcakes

 My goal was to come up with a cupcake recipe that would make this special treat easy on you and you would never again need to turn to the grocery store bakery for sugar laden, artificial ingredients and preservative filled "treats". These cupcakes are so much more delicious and you can feel good about your little ones... and yourself eating them!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Ingredients for the chocolate cupcakes: 
1 3/4 cups of white whole wheat flour
3/4 cup of cocoa
1 1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder

2 eggs
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup of milk or almond milk
1/2 cup of light olive oil
1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup of hot coffee

Sift or whisk the dry ingredients and set aside. Mix the wet ingredients until smooth. Slowly stir the dry into the wet. Once the dry is just mixed in, add the hot coffee and mix. Fill cupcake papers no more than 3/4 of the way full. They really rise up. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Until just firm. 

*For the vanilla cupcakes, I left out the cocoa, added 3 tsp of vanilla and use hot water instead of coffee. The whole wheat flour will leave them looking like yellow cupcakes* 

This is the flour and sugar that I use. I buy both of them at Walmart. They are both Non-GMO. 

This is another way to use this cake recipe. Ganache is a wonderful way to top these cupcakes. You can cool the Ganache and whip it up like chocolate whipped cream! It so, so perfect! Easy and delicious!

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