“When you look at a cupcake, you’ve got to smile.”
True story when it comes to these little cutie-patooties! Every time I walk into the kitchen and see them I break into a little giggle . These are perfect to make for anyone who loves chocolate, cupcakes, mini things, pink, has a birthday, has a baby, is getting married, is sad, is happy, is your valentine, is your best friend – basically anyone – just figure out a reason and bake them!
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
(makes 24 mini cupcakes)
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk +1 tsp. white vinegar (let stand 5 mins)
1 large egg
handful of mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F. Place cupcake liners in pan.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine vegetable oil, milk+ vinegar mixture, egg, both sugars, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk dry ingredients, except for chocolate chips. In 3 parts, while mixing, add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Add chips towards the end and fold in until evenly combined.
Spoon batter into liners until 3/4 full. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean.
Pink Vanilla Frosting
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, cold
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
5 cups powdered sugar
pink gel food coloring
Beat butter in stand mixer until smooth. Add cream cheese and mix. Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar and blend until combined. Use a toothpick to add a bit of food coloring to the white frosting (the more you add, the pinker it gets!). I wanted a pastel pink so I just added a couple drops.
Assemble the Lil Cupcakes On Cupcakes
Wilton 1M tip
Wilton 21 tip
Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (the mini mini “cupcakes”)
Use a Wilton 1M to frost the mini cupcakes. Try to frost a bit to one side so that you will be able to place the mini mini cupcake on the other side. Then use a Wilton 21 to frost the peanut butter cups. Place a small pink sprinkle on top of the mini mini cupcake and a larger pink heart sprinkle on top of the mini cupcake. Now place the assembled mini mini cupcake snugly into the frosting of the mini cupcake.
Place cupcakes in the refrigerator overnight to allow the frosting to set (and ensure the mini mini cupcakes don’t fall off while transporting if you’re going to be taking these somewhere – which you should)! 🙂
Have a doubly sweet day!