Toddler Time: Crazy Chocolate Cupcakes

My toddler won’t be a toddler anymore soon. This Saturday he turns three. We are celebrating his birthday early, since Daddy has to be out of town this weekend with school. We made these day before yesterday. For all of his birthdays, I have made his cakes. Starting first with this Cookie Monster Cake, and then last year with this Elmo Red Velvet Cake. However, he has now spotted the fancy cakes in the supermarket, and well, I just can’t compete with airbrushed cakes, and toys sitting on top. So I took him to pick out his own store bought cake this year, a Lightening McQueen and Mater (from the movie Cars) cake. We are going to start off Friday by going to Monkey Joe’s, which is basically a large air conditioned warehouse full of bounce houses, and then off to the water-park.

I gave in and made these for him the other day because he is always asking to make cupcakes with me, and I turn him down so much. But knowing that I wouldn’t be able to make a birthday cake for him, I wanted to make these early enough that they would be gone by the time his birthday came around. They were an impromptu recipe, so I adapted the recipe for a 1-2-3-4 cake off the bake of the Swan’s Down Cake flour box. I also halved the recipe so it only made a half dozen large cupcakes. Julien broke the eggs, helped measure, and poured every ingredient in the stand mixer. They came out surprisingly good. He also helped me with measuring the ingredients for the frosting, and then I mixed it. I spooned the frosting on each cupcake and helped him spread the icing around. The sprinkles were all him. He went sprinkle crazy. We both had a blast making and eating them. He couldn’t wait to show Daddy his cupcakes when he got home. He was so proud of them.

Adapted from Swan’s Down 1-2-3-4 Cake

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Crazy Chocolate Cupcakes

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For Cake:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup chocolate soy milk, plus 2 tablespoons
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla

For Icing:
1/2 cup softened butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 - 3 tablespoons milk
Sprinkles in different colors


For the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add butter and sugar to stand mixer. Mix on high until it is creamed. Turn mixer to medium. Add eggs, one at a time. Sift salt, flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together. Add flour and milk alternating, until it is incorporated. Add vanilla and mix on medium just until incorporated.
Pour batter into jumbo muffin pan.
Makes 6 jumbo muffins.

For the icing:
Combine butter and sugar in a large bowl. Use hand mixer to combine on low.
Add milk a little at a time until frosting is desired consistency.

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  12 Responses to “Toddler Time: Crazy Chocolate Cupcakes”

  1. Michelle — October 20, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    I used to love baking and decorating my kiddos’ bday cakes, but then we hit the year they wanted store-bought too. Now we’re kinda back to homemade, at least for family, so I’m happy. Glad your little guy got to make cupcakes to celebrate his big day. The more sprinkles, the better, right?

  2. Angelia McGowan — October 20, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

    Toddler Time: Crazy Chocolate Cupcakes

  3. D.S — October 20, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

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  4. redkathy — October 21, 2010 @ 12:29 am

    How sweet those cupcakes look Angie. I can see those little hands judt going crazy with the sprinkles! Happy Birthday to Julien!

  5. Monet — October 21, 2010 @ 12:40 am

    What a beautiful post…it warmed my heart to think of you enjoying these with your sweet little one. I only pray that my nephew will be able to enjoy cupcakes like this in the very near future. I hope you have a wonderful week full of love and laughter…you deserve it!

  6. The Chocolate Priestess — October 21, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    That’s so sweet when kids want to learn to cook or bake. I bet his Daddy was proud of him. Wise move to half the recipe.

  7. Harriet — October 21, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    Wow those colours look craaaaazy! Lots of E numbers though? I’ve kept the sponge mix notes, gonan try it out at the weekend.

  8. Magic of Spice — October 21, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

    Cookie Monster Cake…:) Love the cupcakes, and a very Happy Birthday to your little one 🙂

  9. Foodierama — October 21, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

    Toddler Time: Crazy Chocolate Cupcakes #foodie

  10. James Cole — October 24, 2010 @ 2:58 am

    Toddler Shmoddler… I’m a growd up and I want them NOW!!!

  11. odyssey caravel — November 24, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

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  12. Charles Hugg — January 20, 2011 @ 12:47 am

    Children loves cooking, I have just lately decided to buy a cooking kit for little ones and I see that they really like it and like assisting me.

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