It’s actually pretty gloomy out today, and Cassidy and the kids are all back to school and work after a very awesome spring break and paternity leave. So now I’m looking at the toddler and the newborn and wondering which one will cry first? Have no fear – I’m still on my maternity leave(ish) and this is not a current recipe. I’m not that crazy! So rest assured, that I haven’t made these cupcakes anytime recently, and instead, I’m probably dealing with two crying babies. Or maybe I am taking a quick email break! Perhaps I’m letting the dogs out and both babies are napping. Maybe I’m writing Cassidy a romantic anniversary card. The world doesn’t yet know!
These Floral Chocolate Cupcakes don’t need a lot of preamble. All you have to do is look at them. And I’m pretty picture happy today so I’ll show you everything you need to do from start to finish. I think you will love these cupcakes!
Floral Chocolate Cupcakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup hot water
For the decorations:
2 cups chocolate buttercream
3 tbsp graham cracker crumbs
1 cup yellow candy melts OR 1 cup white chocolate (and yellow food coloring)
1 tbsp coconut oil (not necessary if opting for white chocolate)
1 – First, preheat your oven to 350 and line a muffin pan with muffin cups. And then set your pan aside.
2 – In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
3 – Then, in a stand mixer, mix sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Add vegetable oil.
4 – In small amounts, add dry ingredients and buttermilk alternatively into your wet ingredients.
5 – Once your cupcake batter is completely combined, pour hot water. Fill each section of your muffin pan halfway with cupcake batter. Bake for 12-15 min.
6 – Then, cool cupcakes on cooling rack.
7 – Using a piping bag, pipe on a large amount of chocolate buttercream on each cupcake. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on top.
8 – Line a baking sheet with wax paper. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy melts and coconut oil. Place in a piping bag and pipe out flower shapes on baking sheet. Let set in the refrigerator. If you decide to go with white chocolate, place a dab of yellow food coloring on white chocolate chips. Melt using the double boiler method.
9 – Lastly, remove from wax paper and place on top of cupcake.
A strange thing about my kids is that they don’t like chocolate cupcakes or chocolate cake at all. That’s why I was impressed that they ate these. I think it’s something about the buttercream or the toppings but also the batter itself is delicious! You can see how it bakes up so beautifully. And your entire house will smell like absolute heaven! My office is on the second floor so I can smell anything cooking or baking even stronger than the first floor, as the heat and the smells rise up to me.
Janine Huldie says
Aw, these are indeed perfect for the first day of spring. And like you though we are also in for a winter storm here tomorrow. So just not sure Mother Nature got the official memo yet about spring. But still doesn’t stop me from wanting to celebrate the date not he calendar either here, too 🙂
Look at you, baking and piping and creating gorgeous floral cupcake toppings! SO cute!!! I love these cupcakes. I’d like to eat them and pretend spring is actually here, even though I’m dog/house sitting and it’s coming down something ferocious out there. WHEEEE WINTER 🙂 XOXO
AnnMarie John says
These almost look too good to eat. I’m horrible with piping but I’ve been getting a bit better. One of these days I’m going to have to outdo you in the cupcake arena. 🙂
These are such a beautiful way to celebrate spring! I wish I could eat one right now – I am needing a chocolate fix!
Thomas doesn’t like chocolate cake either – he might not actually be my kid. These look SOOO good – I gave up chocolate for Lent (along with not shopping) and boy do I miss it. Sorry about your weather :(.
We were at 90 yesterday!! Not right, but luckily today we are lowering back into 80’s. These cupcakes are adorbs! Super cute 🙂
I would eat these whenever! I just LOVE cupcakes! These are pretty. Mine usually looks as though a child made them, ha.
These are so pretty for spring time! I am going to make these for my next tea. Pinned!