Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pound Cake Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

There have been plenty of great reasons in my life to make cupcakes lately. There have been birthdays and new additions to my department at work. And since I'm trying to curb my calories a little they are also portion control. 
While baking isn't new to me, decorating cakes and cupcakes still aren't my forte. So cupcakes make an easy intro into the cake decorating world. Lately I have to be amazed at the cake decorating section at Walmart. They've started to carry different sugar flowers that you can easily place on top of cupcakes or cakes and look like you know what you're doing. I don't but this is a great way to start.



So for my good friends birthday I decided to make a batch of cupcakes for her. I used a Martha Stewart pound cake recipe and just take a large cookie scoop and placed into cupcake pan with pretty cupcake liners. For the icing I used my own concoction of a mixture of cream cheese and butter to make a nice icing that is creamy and not to sugary. Cupcakes are the best intro into cake making. 

Always start small.



 

Chocolate Icing

  • 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweeted cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp of milk

 Combine the cream cheese and butter in a mixer and cream together until smooth. Add the cocoa and then 1 cup of the sugar. Add a couple of tbsp of milk and then continue to add the sugar and more of the milk. Finish with the vanilla. Make sure the mixture is incorporated completely and smooth. Put in a piping bag with a large tip and pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

Classic Pound cake

  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla on medium-low speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture; beat until just combined.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared pan, and smooth with an offset spatula. Bake until cake is golden and cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, 10 to 15 minutes.

16 comments:

  1. Yum. These look so good. I've been a bit reluctant to do much baking in my oven since it burns EVERYTHING, but I may just have to try these.

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  2. These are delightful - and as a huge fan of pound cake...can I be another excuse for you to make them?

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  3. I'm totally with you and the thoughts of cupcakes being smaller portions. Problem is that I tell myself since they're small I can have a few...which ends up being more than a slice of cake ;)

    These look amazing!!

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  4. Great job on the decoration! They are quite lovely.

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  5. Those are so great! The decoration is really cute! I am really not that good at decorating anything, my mother is a baker and makes the more incredible things...I don't have one ounce of her ability to decorate a cake. She tells me it is practice haha

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  6. These looks delicious! I love chocolate cream cheese frosting, and the little roses are adorable. I took a cake decorating class and making roses was one of my least favorite things to do. I'm so glad to know that I can buy them pre-made now. :-)

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  7. Great hint...I, too, am frosting impaired! But yours look wonderful~

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  8. Spanky-looking cupcakes! Love the little rosettes on the icing tops! Mmmm ... mini-pound cakes!

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  9. Wow, those look beautiful and delicious! Especially the roses :)

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  10. I think pound cake in cupcake form is amazing! I recently made some lemon pound cake cupcakes and I fell in love! Can't wait to try this one though!

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  11. You can pipe... I wish my piping looked as good as yours! Beautiful cupcakes.

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  12. Gorgeous! I've never even thought to make pound cake cupcake. Great idea!

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  13. How many cupcakes does this recipe make? I need 24 and am wondering if I should double?

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  14. I have to try these, they look delicious!I can almost taste the chocolat icing... I will save your recipe :o)

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  15. This icing comes out very nice. Not to heavy or sweet, just perfect. Thank you!!

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