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Tasty Thursday {Chocolate Cutout Cupcakes}

November 29, 2012

I’ve told you about my love for baking before. I love the process. The measuring, mixing, stirring. And of course, tasting the delicious treats when they are done.

It seems, my girls inherited my love for baking. They won’t let me do any of it on my own anymore. As soon as they hear the clatter of bowls and whisks, they come running.

And wouldn’t you know, at Middle’s book fair at school recently, Little One found this cookbook and would not leave without it. It is chock full of recipes fit for a princess.

The first recipe the girls wanted to make are these chocolate cupcakes with cutouts. I let them go wild in the kitchen and only supervised from the side lines.

Middle did the measuring, mixing and pouring while Little One prepared the muffin tins with cupcake liners.

I loved watching how they worked together, figuring out the next steps as they went along.

This is a trick I taught Middle — use a small gravy ladle to pour the batter into the lined muffin tin.

Ingredients:

1 package chocolate cake mix

1 container vanilla frosting

red and yellow food coloring

Directions:

Prepare the cupcakes according to the package directions. Bake and let cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooling put the frosting into a mixing bowl and add red and yellow food coloring to make it orange. Follow directions on food coloring. (We made orange frosting because it was close to Halloween when the girls did their baking.)

Once the cupcakes are cooled completely cut off the tops carefully. Then cut any shape you like into the top, spread frosting on the cupcake and put the cutout top back on for a peek-a-boo effect.

The girls also made some mini cupcakes with the left over batter and frosting.