A girl on a chocolate mission…

Baking to celebrate seems logical, right? A girl at my office recently was hired permanently after years on the books as a temp. I promised her that in celebration of her hiring I would make her cupcakes. Her request? Chocolate with cream cheese frosting, easy enough! Except, wait, hold up! I don’t have a good chocolate cake recipe, could it be? I had success with the Guinness (Luck O’the Irish) cupcakes and the Last Chocolate Standing cake recipe wouldn’t really make a good cupcake to frost.

It could be and it is! I spent my morning combing the web for a good recipe with the perfect balance of easy and tasty. I trust Ina Garten and tried her “chocolate syrup” cupcakes..they were a little disappointing. (Ina’s are the short cupcakes, they have an odd texture and a really sticky crown)

The recipe I ended up with was a mixture of a number of recipes, does that mean I can call it my own?

It’s pretty darn tasty (I haven’t even frosted them yet), the recipes yields exactly 1 dozen cupcakes.
It is so good it might be my new favorite recipe – plus it’s super easy!
Are you ready?

Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 c. buttermilk
1 t. vanilla
1 c. sugar
1 t. vinegar
1 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt

Mix the wet together with a beater and then add the dry ingredients, mix until blended. use cupcake liners and fill about half way. You should get exactly 12.
Bake 350 for 20-25 minutes (mine were done at 20) don’t over bake!
These are delicious and not dry at all.

Now all I need to do is frost.. maybe I’ll post frosted pictures but you’ve all seen a frosted cupcake before.

The downside! I started a new diet so while I tasted both cupcakes I need to leave it at that and stay away. Time to clean the kitchen!

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