Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcakes

January 21, 2008 at 11:27 pm | Posted in Chocolate, cupcakes, Uncategorized | 3 Comments


I’m a little behind with my posts, but last weekend I was craving vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting. We were on our way over to my ILs. I had my vanilla cupcake recipe and all my supplies. I had even mixed up my dry ingredients because I knew there was no chance my MIL had cake flour even if she had restocked her regular flour supply after using every last drop during her Christmas Baking Extravaganza.

G and I were in the car and then it hit me. I wanted chocolate frosting, but what kind? Ut oh. Luckily, my trusty CB was at her computer and my Mom had just bought me my trusty iphone. I’m going to copy CB here and post our conversation.

Nikki: Do u have a fave chocolate frosting. I’m making cuppys tonight and forgot to find a frosting recipe.
Sent from my iPhone


CB: here’s 2 of them! don’t you wub me?? 🙂

6 tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups powder sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk

Cream butter and vanilla with mixer on low/med speed. In separate bowl combine powder sugar and cocoa powder. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Slowly add milk until you reach desired consistency (may not use all of milk). Beat until creamy.

1 cup white or dark chocolate
3/4 cup whipping cream

Place chocolate in bowl. In saucepan bring whipping cream to boil over high heat. Pour hot whipping cream over chocolate and stir until choco melted.


Nikki: You’re wonderful!!!!
Sent from my iPhone


CB: I know 😉

Picture courtesy of bearygr8buys

Now that I had my recipe I was ready to bake. Now this is the coolest part of my baking experience. My MIL has her mothers old Kitchenaid mixer. Based on the little bit of research I’ve done, I believe it’s a 3-C and was produced sometime in the 1950’s. Now that means the mixer is somewhere around 60 years old and it still works like a champ. I will say that it can’t mash up my almost room temperature butter quite as well as my current KA, but it’s so cute with it’s glass bowl and dainty whip. I love it and it was tons of fun to get to play with a piece of cooking history.

In the end my cuppys were yummy as can be, but frosting with a butter knife wasn’t the ideal too for beautiful frosting, but who cares, they tasted good and that’s all that matters.

Billy’s Vanilla, Vanilla Cupcakes (aka my current go to vanilla cuppy recipe)


  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Mix the dry ingredients.

Add butter

Whisk eggs, milk and vanilla.

Add wet ingredients 1/3 at a time to the dry ingredients

Bake for 17-22 minutes at 325 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean

For the frosting I choose the standard Chocolate Frosting above. Thanks CB



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  1. iphone cuppy convos rule! and that old school KA mixer is awesome. Its vintage. 😉

  2. I want that Kitchen Aid…the vintage one!
    Did you use the ganache for frosting? That would definitely be my favourite.
    Despite the butter knife the cupcake looks delicious!

  3. I haven’t had plain vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting in soooo long!

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