I offered to make Gracie's birthday cupcakes, and of course the first order of business was to find a great recipe for chocolate cupcakes. I did.
Oh. Yeah. Check it out. There's also a recipe for chocolate butter frosting, but this little girl wanted Hello Kitty pink and white. Wish granted!
Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cupcakes
I made a buttercream icing to top them with, but it's a basic. I double the recipe and it generously frosted all 26 cupcakes.
Easy Buttercream Icing
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
6 Tblsp milk
Whip the butter until fluffy. Gradually add in 1 cup of the powdered sugar and reduce speed to low, add in the liquid, salt and flavoring. Last the rest of the powdered sugar. If firmer icing is needed, add in a bit more powdered sugar, if softer icing is needed, add in a bit more of the milk. Flavor as desired.
And here's the finished product:
I also created the Hello Kitty cupcake toppers in Publisher, since buying the download alone would have cost me $6-$10 on Etsy, and buying them completed would have been upwards of $15 per dozen.
I found some free images on google search, created a 2 inch square and designed away! I printed the toppers on cardstock, cut them out out and attached two cards to a coffee stirrer with double stick tape. Simple! I thought about adding some ribbon to the sticks as well, but ran out of time.
I think she'll like them. What do you think?
Happy birthday sweet girl!
Cooper's birthday is a week away...I'll be back next week with an update on that party!