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We had snow on Halloween. Snow on Thanksgiving. It’s snowing as I type this.
I decided the best way to embrace snow is to bake. Yes, bake. Just yesterday I read an article about how there is science behind baking relieving depression. OK, that’s an oversimplification of the article, but it’s kind of true. When I bake, I’m transported to another time. A peaceful place. It’s my stress relief. Or, in this case, it’s my snow relief.
It’s a chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting and snowflake sprinkles. I also added some tiny pearl sprinkles. Couldn’t resist.
“Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry!”
We’re doing a Frozen-theme for my daughter’s birthday in March so I’ve got it on the brain already. I’ve got a ton of great PINs on my Frozen Pinterest board, working up inspiration for her cake next year. But, that’s not until March!
Here’s the link to the snowflake candies (affiliate link) like the ones that I used on top. T
Snowflake Cupcakes: Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
For the cupcake:
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup water
For the icing
- 1 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 cups powdered sugar approximately 1 lb.
- 4 tablespoons water or milk
For the cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 350
- Set cupcake liners in cupcake pan
- In medium bowl, mix sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- In separate bowl, combine eggs, milk, water, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Stir.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, a little at a time, until combined
- Pour batter into prepared cupcake liners, filling ⅔ of the way high
- Bake 25-30 minutes (checking at 25 minutes) or until toothpick placed in center comes out clean.
- Cool on rack before frosting
- Mix vegetable shortening and vanilla
- Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Mixing in between each cup
- Add up to 4 tablespoons water or milk, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency reached
- Use more water (or milk) for thinner consistency
- Frost cakes by using piping bag
- Top with snowflake and mini-pearl sprinkles
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