Chocolate Rainbow Cupcakes

I wanted to make something really fun for national cupcake week but also quick since it’s a weeknight! I decided to try out the “Perfectly Chocolate” Hershey’s cupcake recipe. It’s essentially a one bowl recipe and I was curious to see if it compared to the Martha chocolate one I’m fond of.

I got these cup cupcake stands when I was in the US
My aunt gave me this book as a wedding gift

Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cupcakes
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups self raising flour
3/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa (they don’t sell that here so I had to use Green & Black’s)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk (I used soy)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

1. Heat oven to 350 F/180 C and line muffin cups with paper liners.

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).

3. Bake 22 to 25 minutes until tester comes out clean. Cool completely and then frost.
I put my batter in a pitcher and then poured into the baking cups

Vanilla Buttercream

adapted from Martha Stewart Cupcakes


3 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
2 pounds icing sugar, sifted
2 tsp vanilla extract (I used vanilla paste)
Rainbow Sprinkles!

1. With an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium-high until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.

2. Reduce speed to medium. Add the icing sugar ½ cup at a time, beating after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed; after every two additions, raise speed to high and beat 10 seconds to aerate the frosting, then return to medium. This should take about 5 minutes. Frosting will be pale and fluffy. Add in the vanilla.

what’s better than rainbow sprinkles!
I did the frosting in 2 motions.

I did the bottom and then rolled the edges in sprinkles and then put the final swirl on top

This particular chocolate recipe isn’t as flavorful as the Martha one I use a lot but it’s not bad and it’s very quick so it’s a fair compromise! The rainbow sprinkles make the cupcakes stand out.

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