Saturday, 18 October 2008

CUPCAKES !!! Oh Yummy !!!

Okay, what to do after hosting a couple of hundred fellow bloggers on Thursday???

Get up Friday morning, at 5am and make five dozen cupcakes, of course !!

The reward ??

The excitement on the faces of thirty, or so, second graders when they see what was in the big box that Mrs HK brought in. The school is in one of the poorer areas, so the kids don't get a lot of homemade treats.

The hugs,thank yous and the smiles on little chocolate smeared faces.

Plus the young boy who came over to me, gave me hug and said 'Mrs HK, those are the best ever cupcakes I've ever tasted. Even better than the ones from the store!!'

These cupcakes are really very good. They are quite moist and the frosting is delicious.

They have a can of lycopene rich tomato sauce in them, which sounds strange. However you can't tasted the sauce and it's the ingredient that keeps them moist. You use a boxed cake mix. Next time I make them, I think I'll forgo the cake mix and make them completely with my own ingredients..

I didn't take photos of the whole process, as it was early and I kept forgetting...

I also doubled the recipe below ..

Triple-Chocolate Cupcakes (From Oct 13 issue of 'Women's World')

3/4 cup plain yogurt
3/4 cups dry milk powder
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup butter (room temperature)
3 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 package (18.25oz) Devil's Food cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup water
1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
1/3 cup melted butter (you can use oil)
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Chocolate sprinkles

In a bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk powder and cocoa, until smooth.

In another bowl, on high speed, beat the butter until fluffy. Beat in yogurt mixture until combined. Reduce speed to medium and gradually beat in sugar and vanilla. Increase the speed to high and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Frosting will be soft. Chill for 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Prepare cupcake baking tin by putting paper cupcake liners in the holes.

I a large bowl, on medium speed, beat milk powder and water until powder is dissolved.

Add eggs, tomato sauce, cake mix and melted butter. Beat until fluffy

Stir in chocolate chips.

Fill paper cups about 3/4 full.
Bake 20 -25 minutes or until pick inserted in the middle, comes out clean.

Place on rack and let cool completely.

Spread with frosting and sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles.

Chill until ready to serve.


Anonymous said...

Those look realllly good, Karen. Unfortunately, I don't dare look at them too long, or I'll gain a pound by osmosis! But, what a wonderful treat for the children. :)

Gaspegirl said...

They look great and isn't it a great feeling to PIF... I love it!

Make it a great day!!

Jennifer said...

Aw-how sweet of you to bring those in for the kids!! You must be their favorite teacher!

Those cupcakes look and sound GOOD! I'm intrigued w/ the tomato sauce--I will definitely try these!!

Kat said...

I have been having this cupcake craving all week. My problem is that if I make them...I'll eat them. I need to make them for someone else and then eat one. But I really want them all :-)

Jen B. said...

They look great! You're such a great teacher!

wendy said...

Would have never thought to put tomato sauce in cupcakes but they sure LOOK good. Perhaps I'll try that. :)

The Me/ The Wife/ The Mom said...

The cupcakes look fabulous! The joy you gave those children makes it even better!

Hey...I tagged you for some random thoughts on my blog...I named you as one of my favorite reads on the net. Cheers!

Sabrae said...

I swear everytime I read your blog my blood sugar jumps a few hundred points upward becuz I just want to go make something like a cake and eat it all!!! I'm so moving to where you are right next door so I can come eat at your house :)

Anonymous said...

Oh - my mouth is watering. And how generous of you to bake for your students. Wonderful!

Lynn said...

You had me until tomato sauce. Really? You can't taste it?