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This is a chocolate cake recipe I’ve made to so many times that I know it by heart. It’s so easy and delicious. The cake is light and moist with a great crust. I used peanut butter frosting but any frosting would work great. Perfect for kids with dairy allergies.
For the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Into a large bowl sift together (with a sifter or metal strainer) the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add sugar and mix the dry ingredients together.
In a medium bowl mix wet ingredients: coffee, vegetable oil, vinegar and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Line a 12-count muffin pan with cupcake wrappers. Fill each wrapper ¾ of the way full with filling.
Bake 18-20 minutes or until cupcakes are finished baking. Cakes are done when they are puffed and a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean. Remove pan from oven and set on a rack. Cool cupcakes before frosting.
For the frosting:
In a large bowl using a hand mixer combine Tofutti cream cheese, peanut butter, dairy free milk and vanilla and mix until just combined. Add in sifted confectioners’ sugar and mix until combined. Be careful not to over mix! The peanut butter can give the frosting an oily look if mixed to long.
Put frosting onto the cooled cupcakes using your preferred method. I like to pipe it using a pastry bag with a large star tip.
These cupcakes are all about decoration. My favorites are the monster cupcakes. They are colorful, fun and so easy to achieve the cuteness. No piping skills required. I guarantee you. You can go as crazy as you want. After all they are monsters.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!