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Vanilla Cupcakes With Chocolate Frosting


Vanilla Cupcakes With Chocolate Frosting
Recipe and Photo: Diana Rattray
These vanilla cupcakes are topped off with a dark chocolate frosting, or use your own favorite icing recipe.

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 9 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • Frosting
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 5 tablespoons heated milk
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Grease and flour cupcake pan(s) or line with paper liners.

In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter, milk and vanilla; beat for 2 minutes with mixer at medium speed. Add eggs and beat 1 minute longer. Fill prepared or lined cupcake cups about half full. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool and frost.
Makes 18 cupcakes.

Melt butter and chocolate over hot water. Combine 2 cups of confectioners' sugar and salt in a bowl; pour 4 tablespoons of hot milk over the confectioners' sugar and salt, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Stir in vanilla. Add melted chocolate mixture and beat on high speed of electric mixer until thick enough to spread. The frosting will thicken as it cools. Add more confectioners' sugar or more milk, a few drops at a time, as needed. This frosting will frost 18 cupcakes or tops and sides of two 8-inch cake layers.

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