Just in case anybody was wracking their brain trying to think about what to get me for Christmas, it’s a muffin tin. I know muffin papers aren’t meant to hold the batter together in their little muffin shape without the help of a steel surround, but 8 four year olds coming in an hour for a Cupcake Party tends to fuel the fire of “DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!!!!
Don’t do it. It turns into a big chocolate mess. Instead, just make a cake in a square or round pan, and then when the cake is cool, cut the circles out with a little biscuit cutter. I already knew that, and that’s the worst–you know something with every functioning brain cell–and you pay no attention.
It’s the same old cupcake recipe because there is no shame in making the same thing over and over for anyone under the age of 10, they prefer it actually.
1 1/4 cups of flour sifted with 1/3 cup of cocoa, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda. In another mix 1/2 cup of plain yogurt with 1/2 cup of strong coffee, 6 Tablespoons of vegetable oil and 1 cup of sugar. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla. (you can substitute half a cup of brown sugar for the the white for a richer flavor.) No eggs.
Mix it all together just until you see no more flour (don’t worry about little lumps.)
Bake in lined MUFFIN TINS at 350 degrees.
Especially if there are children involved, use fresh whipped cream to top the cakes once they have cooled. For a pint of cream you only need a few spoonfuls of confectioner’s sugar, and for the same amount of frosting, you need four cups of sugar. It just depends if you prefer scraping the children off the walls, or flirting with only minor hysteria, to which the decorations will add to significantly: Chocolate chips, sprinkles, gummy bears, gummy worms, candy corn and m&ms’.