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Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink Buttercream #kidsinthekitchen

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The kid’s and I have been chatting Valentine’s Day desserts this week. They have off of school on the 14th so I said we could make something special.
Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink Buttercream #kidsinthekitchen #valentines #arrow

We made a test batch of these Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink Buttercream and Arrow decorations. They are adorbs! The icing was done with a butter knife by Shae so it isn’t fancy but it’s handmade.

Here is the recipe for cupcakes & icing.

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 2 ounces bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Preheat your oven to 350° and prep a 12 muffin cups with liners.

Gather all of your ingredients, measured and ready to use. If you don’t have buttermilk now if the time to make some. In a measuring cup add 2 tsp of lemon juice or white vinegar and fill to the 1/2 cup line with milk. Let this sit for 5 minutes till thick and curdled.

In a microwave proof bowl melt the butter and chocolate in 30 second increments till smooth and shiny. Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt till thoroughly combined. Set aside.

In the bowl of your mixer with the whisk attachment combine sugars, eggs and vanilla till silky smooth. Slowly add in the butter/chocolate mixture till combined.
Add the remaining ingredients, flour mixture & buttermilk half at a time and mix just till combined. Doing the final mixing by hand ensures you won’t over mix the batter. You’ll have a very thick batter, one that resembles brownie mix more than cake batter.
eating cake batter #kidsinthekitchen
Evenly scoop into muffin cups and bake for 17-19 minutes. A toothpick should come out with specks of crumbs.

Remove from oven, set aside to cool for 5 minutes then transfer cupcakes to cooling rack.

Let come to room temperature before icing.

Simple Buttercream Icing (easily doubles or triples)

pink buttercream #kidsinthekitchen #valentines

  • 2 sticks softened NOT MELTED butter
  • 4-5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 drops pink food coloring
  • 1-2 tbls heavy cream

Mix all of your ingredients except for heavy cream with a paddle attachment on your mixer until you achieve smooth consistency. Slowly add cream 1 tbls at a time for a soft frosting. Your icing should not be stiff but not runny. If you add too much cream add in more sugar a couple tablespoons at a time.

Ice you cupcakes with a piping bag and tip or keep it rustic and family style with just a warm butter knife.

Decorate as you wish and share with your loved ones.

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  1. Those are SO CUTE!! I love the pink icing on the chocolate cupcake!

  2. Those look SOOOO good. I only like chocolate cake, so these are right up my alley!

  3. Buttercream frosting is the bomb diggity. My husband can keep the ikky cream cheese version. I love the little paper arrow!

  4. You had me at ‘buttercream’… I love chocolate cupcakes, but always reach for the chocolate frosting first. This sounds like a delicious spin on the double double massive chocolate I usually make. And I love the pink on chocolate – beautiful color contrast!

  5. Oh chocolate cupcakes sound really good right now. My chocolate date is tonight. Sad, I know, only one a week for sweet treats for me. They look good!

  6. Wow this looks yummy – I wanna lick the bowl!

  7. Those look so good! Now I’m craving a cupcake!

  8. Crystal says

    MM my husband loves buttercream and I absolutely love the arrow – such a cute idea! This definitely looks like a fun project to make with the kiddos!

  9. I love the arrows through the cupcakes!

  10. These are pretty tasty looking cupcakes. I really can’t wait to cook a lot more with my daughter. She loves helping though so I guess that counts.

  11. Buttercream frosting is my most favorite. I rarely bring it in the house because I know who’s going to be eating the most of the treat that has the frosting. 😉

  12. H!!! These look DELISH!!!!

  13. Those look so good and my daughter would love making these with me. And I’m always a sucker for buttercream. Way better than whipped cream frosting.

  14. Why do you do this to me? NOW I MUST MAKE IT!

  15. oh man. do i like th chocolate or PINK buttercream more? it’s a toss up. these look great!

  16. I’d like to eat that pink buttercream with a spoon (or my hands). These look delicious!!!

  17. Yum I love this recipe for those cupcakes! They look delicious! The arrows are adorable too! Pinning this!

  18. Oh my! These look heavenly. I do not care for store-bought cupcakes, but I am all about some homemade ones. I have pinned this for future use!

  19. Uh, another yummy cupcakes!! And they look really pretty too 😉 Bookmarking this for later use!

  20. I am a huge fan of chocolate, and real butter – can’t wait to try this recipe!
    Thanks so much for hosting Kids in the Kitchen every week.

  21. Don’t get me wrong, those cupcakes look amazing! But the buttercream is calling my name! I love buttercream frosting!

  22. How absolutely delicious!! Buttercream is the only way for this girl!

  23. Love this! Your cupcake toppers are so cute too!

  24. That icing looks delicious! Thanks so much for hosting.

  25. Yum! Loving these cupcakes! I want to make them today! Buttercream frosting is my favorite as are homemade chocolate cupcakes. Thanks for the recipe.

  26. I LOVE double chocolate cupcakes! These look so yummy I’m going to have to give them a try 🙂

  27. katherine says

    This is so cool. My daughter always wants to help but I can’t stand messes!

  28. This looks heavenly and a lot of work for the novice baker… You made a delicious effort for all.

  29. Can’t go wrong with double chocolate! What a cute Valentine’s Day treat!

  30. This looks delicious! I love the added heart topper.

  31. I feel like such a slacker. I never realized buttercream was so easy to make! I need to start making my own!

  32. YUM! These look so good. I need to get into the kitchen with my son!

  33. These must taste so good!

  34. These so have me craving a cupcake! I love the pink frosting.


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