I just want say from the outset that this posting is dedicated to my brother: Jim...His birthday was yesterday and these are a virtual cupcake gift to him. We all met in Vegas last month and had a birthday party where we all wore "I'm with Jim" tee shirts...very fun and funny!
Okay...I know these are over the top...not only with the fishing people, but the poor canoe-ers who might capsize...did they? Who's to say...at least the cupcakes got eaten! I call these two Bob and Carol...do not ask me why.
Ruff waters ahead!! These are Martha Stewart's One Bowl Chocolate (chocolate chocolate) cupcakes with mini-chips thrown in for good measure! The frosting is Billy's Vanilla Vanilla Frosting dyed blue and/or green. And the surprise is that there is a pretzel Goldfish inside some of the cupcakes! They taste pretty good with chocolate!
Oh No, Mr. Bill...I fear Bob and Carol might be meeting...who is that? Cupid...hmmm....how strange a fate for the cupcake canoeing couple....
Layla doesn't care at all about Bob and Carol...she just wants to eat them and the cupcake!
Makes 2 dozen
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla; mix batter until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about one-third full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.
The frosting recipe was in last week's posting!
Have a great week and remember to say Happy Birthday to my brother if you see him in Spokane!