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Chocolate Cupcakes with Red Velvet Frosting
Ingredients: For the Chocolate Cupcakes: 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Gold Medal Flour 2/3 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tsp. instant coffee granules 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 10 Tb. unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1 cup buttermilk 2 tsp. vanilla extract For the Red Velvet Frosting: 1 lb. unsalted butter, softened 4 oz. cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup buttermilk 1/2 tsp. salt 5 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp. vanilla extract 6-8 cups powdered sugar Red food coloring For the Chocolate Garnishes: 1 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate candy melts Directions: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line muffin tins with 24 paper liners. Sift all dry ingredient together. Cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer, until light and fluffy. Set the mixer to the lowest setting and add the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly combine the dry ingredients with the wet, until the batter is smooth. Fill the liners half full and bake for 15-20 minutes—until the cake springs back when touched. Remove the cupcakes from the tins and allow them to cool completely before frosting. While the cupcakes are cooling, place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted. Then pour the chocolate in a squirt bottle (or piping bag with a small tip) and pipe cursive or connected words onto wax paper. Keep them small so they fit on top of the cupcakes, and write more words than needed, in case a few break. Allow the chocolate words to dry completely before peeling off the wax paper. For the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl, and beat in the buttermilk, salt, cocoa, and vanilla. Slowly add the powdered sugar until your desire thickness is reached. Then beat in red food coloring until the frosting is as dark as you want it. I used almost 2 teaspoons. Place the frosting in a piping bag with a large tip and pipe the frosting high onto the cupcakes. Then gently place a chocolate word on top of each cupcake. *Can't stand the idea of red food coloring? Bring the buttermilk (in the frosting recipe) to a boil then mix with sliced beets. Allow the buttermilk to cool completely. Remove the beets and continue with the recipe for a nice naturally pink velvet frosting!
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