Lucky #7 Chocolate Cupcakes

Frosting Recipes included

Photo by Allison of Culinary Cupcake

Cupcakes were first described in 1796 in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. It was described as “a light cake to bake in small cups”. The first documented time the term “cupcake” was used was in 1828 in Receipts a cookbook by Eliza Leslie. They are called cupcakes because before muffin tins were used, cupcakes were baked in individual cups like ramekins, molds, or pottery cups.

There are so many times I want cupcakes, but most recipes create a dozen or two dozen cupcakes. As much as I love cupcakes, those sizes are for parties. I enjoy making small batches of cupcakes I can have as a treat. Creating seven seemed like a good choice. Seven is a lucky number in many cultures. Please enjoy this small batch cupcake recipe!

Lucky #7 Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Yields 7 cupcakes

Specialty Tools: Rubber spatula, cupcake/muffin pan, and paper cupcake liners.

Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup boiled water

7 tablespoons sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

7 tablespoons all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

Sprinkles for garnish

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 F

Boil the water. Mix together cocoa and water in a small bowl until smooth. Set aside and let it cool a little.

Whisk together sugar and butter until incorporated in large bowl. Add vanilla extract and the egg, then mix. Add flour, baking, powder, and salt. Stir until just combined.

Add cocoa mixture to batter and mix until smooth.

Using a rubber spatula, pour and scoop batter into a cupcake pan lined with paper cupcake liners. You should have enough batter for 7 standard size cupcakes.

Place pan in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool completely before frosting. (About 2 hours). Garnish with sprinkles.

*Frosting recipes below

A hand mixer is preferred when mixing cupcakes. It will create a smooth batter.

Rubber spatulas are a great way to scoop up batter.

Paper cupcake liners are a great for reducing residue in your cupcake pan.

Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients

2/3 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon milk

Directions

Whip all the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth, thick, and creamy.

Use to frost cupcakes or cake.

A hand mixer is preferred when mixing frosting. It will end up very smooth.

Vanilla Frosting

Ingredients

1 cup powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon butter

2 teaspoons milk

Directions

Whip all the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth, thick, and creamy.

Use to frost cupcakes or cake.

A hand mixer is preferred when mixing frosting. It will end up very smooth.

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