Saturday, December 11, 2010

Easy Double Chocolate Vanilla Cupcake

Oh, what a joy it is to see a happy child enjoy a birthday treat! This week, the son of one of the dentists I work with had his ninth birthday. When I asked the parent what her son would like for his birthday cupcake, she simply said: he loves vanilla and chocolate! I thought BINGO! Simple vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting would be a perfect combination. However, I did want to add a fun surprise to the cupcake, and so I decided to fill it with chocolate pudding. Result? This is the note I got on my desk later that afternoon:

Isn’t this sweet? J

How easy was this cupcake recipe? SUPER EASY!!! I did resort to boxed cake mix, but I added my flair to it, thanks to the recipe recommendations in Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make. If you are ever in a pinch to make cupcakes, it is good to have a cake mix in your pantry (I always have at least one vanilla and one chocolate). Both the cupcake and frosting recipes are from there. The frosting recipe is the same as my Mint Chocolate Cupcake recipe, so just follow the recipe posted there.

I do want to focus on how to fill the cupcake though. Choose a smooth filling (any type of pudding, or even frosting). Here are some ideas of filling recipes from Wilton. Whatever filling you choose, I use a piping bag with the 230 Wilton round tip inserted (no coupler needed).
 Fill the bag with the chosen filling, then poke the center of the cupcake with the tip, and squeeze! I make sure to go at least half way deep into the cupcake (even 2/3 deep) so that when you start squeezing, the filling stays more in the center and not just at the top. When the top of the cupcake starts to crack a little because it is expanding, then stop. Once you fill all your cupcakes, you can frost the top of it with your chosen frosting and hide the hole you have created. No one will know, and when they take a bite of the cupcake, they will be pleasantly surprised with the yummy goodness they have just encountered! Happy eatings!

1 comment:

  1. That note is just adorable! Don't you just love seeing children draw and write? The cupcakes sound easy and delicious. A great recipe! Thank you so much for sharing this with me! I hope you have a lovely week!