National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day! Cupcakes are one of my favorite sweet treats, so I decided to make a devil’s food cupcake to celebrate. Also, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I topped my cupcakes off with a pink cream cheese frosting. Here’s what you’ll need to make the cupcakes:

Devil's Food Cupcake

Devil’s Food Cupcake

Ingredients:

9 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)

1/2 Teaspoon salt

1 Teaspoon baking soda

1/4 Teaspoon baking powder

1/2 Cup coconut oil (at room temperature)

1 1/2 Cups granulated sugar

2 Large eggs (at room temperature)

1/2 Cup water

1/2 Cup whole or low fat milk

Directions:

  1. Adjust the oven rack to the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a cupcake pan with liners for each cupcake.
  3. Sift together the cocoa powder, cake flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the coconut oil and sugar for about 5 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Next, add the eggs in one at a time and beat until incorporated.
  5. Stir half of the dry ingredients into the coconut oil mixture; adding in the milk and water. Add the other half of the dry ingredients and stir until the mixture is combined.
  6. Using a spoon place the batter into each individual cupcake liner and bake for 16-18 minutes.
  7. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cupcake. If the toothpick comes out clean they are ready, if not bake for a couple more minutes.
  8. Cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

2 (8 ounce) Packages cream cheese; softened

1/2 Cup Kelapo Coconut Oil

2 Cups confectioner’s sugar

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

Red food coloring

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese and coconut oil until creamy.
  2. Mix in the vanilla and then gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar.
  3. Add 3 to 4 drops of the red food coloring, this should turn your frosting a pink shade. Add an additional 1 drop at a time if the shade needs to turn brighter.
  4. Frost the cupcakes as desired with your favorite decorating technique.
  5. Store in the refrigerator after use.

Enjoy!

-Kayla

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