End of Spring Semester: Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

In honor of the last week of lecture in the semester, I prepared a special treat:  chocolate cupcakes.  What better way to prepare for exams than by eating a little chocolate (aka vitamin C).  Your brain primary source of energy is glucose, so that makes cupcakes brain food, right?

Chocolate cupcake recipes are a dime a dozen on the Interwebs.  It seems no cookbook or blog is complete without one.  Stefani Pollack of Cupcake Project took it upon herself to create and extensively test recipes for the best chocolate cupcake.  With the help of 50 different bakers and bloggers, Stef has synthesized a recipe for the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake.

On this same page is a link to the chocolate cream cheese frosting that I used.  I find that cream cheese frosting is more flavorful and palatable to eat compared to some of the super-saccharine frostings (I’m looking at you, American buttercream).  One drawback from cream cheese frosting is that it can lack the structure for piping.  This recipe, however, uses just enough powdered sugar and cocoa powder to make the frosting stable for decorating.

With the spring semester coming to a close, The Food Samaritan will likely take a break from posting over the summer (there just aren’t many students on campus).  There may be a periodic post or two in the coming months, but the goal right now is to pick back up in fall.  Good luck on exams!

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