It's National Cupcake Day! Who knew? I just happened to read that bit of knowledge last week while scrolling through blogs and I needed an excuse to post these cupcakes. So here ya go! I made these for a baby shower a couple months ago. The theme was pink and green and I thought flowers would fit right in.
I've never piped flowers before so this was trial and error. I made a double batch of cupcakes and practiced on half and saved the others for the shower. There were some doozies, let me tell you! But before I show you more cupcakes, I'm going to show you how to load a piping bag and use a coupler.
What is a coupler? Why do you need one? A coupler connects the piping bag to the tip. Using a coupler allows you to change your tips but still use the same color. In other words you don't have to have multiple bags of the same color frosting with different tips, when you can just change the tip. You change the tip out by removing the coupler ring and putting on a new piping tip then securing it in place again with the coupler ring.
Ready? Here we go...
1). Gather your supplies: Scissors, Piping Bags, Couplers and Piping Tips.
2). This is a coupler. It consists of two parts-- the larger part that goes IN the bag and the ring that secures it on the outside.
3). Place the larger part of the coupler in the piping bag. Push it down snugly into the tip but don't press it down to far that you stretch the bag out.
4). You want to score the bag with the scissors. This is important because you don't want to cut your bag too high or your icing will squeeze out of the bag above your tip. It's better to cut the hole too small than to cut it too large. You want to score the bag halfway between the smooth part (the part closest to the tip).
5). Now push the coupler away from the corner of the piping bag and cut through the piping bag where you previously scored it.
6). Now that the corner has been snipped off push the coupler back into the bag. It should be snug. See where the edge of the bag is?
7). Place whatever tip you're going to be piping with and place it on the coupler. I used #67 for the leaves, #14 for the flower petals and #12 for the white spikes
8). Secure it with the couple ring and repeat as necessary. But don't tighten it too much because you'll need to remove it later and it becomes tricky when the bag is full of icing :-)
10). Twist the top of your bag shut or...
11). Use rubber ties to secure them.
Now onto the cupcakes!
One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes from MS Cupcakes
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners; set aside. Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.
Vanilla Bean Frosting
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
- 5 cups powdered sugar
Using an electric mixer, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy. Add the cream cheese and beat until combined. Then add the vanilla extract, vanilla seeds, and powdered sugar and beat at low speed, occasionally stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, until light and fluffy.
NOTE: If you're going to pipe with it, you need all 5 cups of powdered sugar so it's stiff enough to work with.
I did most of them decorated with flowers and the rest were decorated using a round #12 tip to make spikes on top of the cupcakes. It's so simple but it's fun!
The combination of the vanilla cream cheese frosting along with the dark chocolate cake tasted like a a giant double stuffed Oreo. They were delicious!