Thursday, October 31, 2013

Dark Chocolate Cupcake Recipe.

 This cupcake recipe is actually from my sister! We have made them several times and they are delicious! Insanely moist, not too sweet... the perfect cupcake for any chocolate lover.
 2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup dark cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 325*. Stir cocoa, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt in large mixing bowl.  Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla and mix with a whisk until blended.  Stir in boiling water( batter will be very thin) bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool completely.

Chocolate frosting:
1 stick unsalted butter
2/3 cup dark chocolate cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Melt butter in saucepan, or microwave, and using a spatula stir in cocoa.  Alternately add sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.  If frosting is too thin add more sugar, too thick add more milk. Frost cooled cupcakes!

Whipped cream:
Using an electric mixer, whisk heavy whipping cream with 1 1/2 tbsp sugar until thickened.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

painted pumpkin.

 I bought these pumpkins on the way home from our mountain trip last weekend from a local fruit stand.  I decided to just do some painting this year and omit the carving part! I used regular acrylic paint and then sealed them with an acrylic spray sealer!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

hello fall.

 A few weekends ago we packed up for a little mountain getaway! Shane & I rented a cabin for the weekend in North Carolina with a few friends of ours. We explored,white water rafted, and did some hiking! We did whatever we possibly could that was NOT part of the government shutdown:)