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Just Like Momís Cupcakes With Vanilla And Chocolate Icings

  • Yield: 16 cupcakes


  • 1 large egg, cracked into a small cup or saucer
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sifted cocoa powder (for chocolate cupcakes)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • ICING:
  • 3 cups confectionersí sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons sifted cocoa powder (for chocolate icing)
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Make sure the oven rack is in the center position and preheat the oven to 350?F.
  • Line one 12-cup muffin tin with 12 paper muffin-tin liners and place 4 paper muffin-tin liners inside the other muffin tin. Add 2 tablespoons of water to each of the paperless muffin wells.
  • Place all the cupcake ingredients in a mixing bowl, adding the hot water last. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the paper muffin-tin liners.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until the cupcakes rise and turn golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean.
  • Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the tins from the oven and carefully transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely. Be careful not to spill the water in the empty wells.
  • Using a small spatula or butter knife, frost each cupcake with whichever icing youíve chosen to make (use about 2 tablespoons per cupcake).
  • ICING: Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Blend with a handheld mixer until smooth and creamy. The icing can be made and kept refrigerated, tightly covered, for up to 1 week.
  • Use to frost the cupcakes and serve.
  • Optional Accompaniments: Chocolate sprinkles Multicolored sprinkles Colored sugar Silver dragÈes (balls) Mini chocolate chips M&Mís Crushed Oreo cookies Fresh blueberries Toasted chopped nuts