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    Old School Chocolate Cupcakes

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    Makes 24-30 cupcakes / 350 degree oven

    What You'll Need...
    2 cups of boiling water
    1 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
    2 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons of baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon of salt
    1 cup of butter, room temperature
    2 1/8 cups of sugar
    4 eggs
    1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

    What You'll Do...
    1) Preheat oven to 350. Pour boiling water over cocoa powder and mix throughly until smooth. Let cool.
    2) Combine the flour, salt, baking soda and powder together in a separate bowl.
    3) Cream together the sugar and butter and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then add the vanilla. Add the flour and the cocoa mixture alternatively in a dry-wet-dry method, beginning and ending with the dry.
    4) Place in cupcake papers and bake for 18-22 minutes or until a cakes tester comes out clean. Let cook on a wire rack.

    Peanut Butter Frosting
    What You'll Need...
    1/2 cup of butter, softened
    1 cup of creamy peanut butter
    3 tablespoons of milk
    1 1/2 - 2 cups of powdered sugar
    chocolate chips (optional)

    What You'll Do...
    Beat the butter and peanut butter until smooth and creamy. Add the milk and then the powdered sugar until desired sweetness. Spread over cooled cupcakes. (Optional: I melted some chocolate chips in the microwave and flicked it on with a fork. Hey, a little flair can be fun.)




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