One of the cute girl's I work with has a little bun in the oven, if you will.
She is due anytime now, how exciting!
Tomorrow is her baby shower.
I'm bringing cupcakes.
Of course, I borrowed (another) recipe from yourcupofcake.com for the occasion.
*Disclaimer: I made some slight adaptations to Miss Lizzy's recipe
I'm probably obsessed with that blog...
If you haven't already, go check out her stuff. She is like a cupcake goddess or something!
Hope they are a hit tomorrow.
But, I think it is impossible to go wrong with a cupcake!
Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream
1 box devils food cake mix
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. water
1 t. vanilla extract
1 c. sour cream
1 stick of butter
5 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
1 t. lemon juice
1 t. vanilla extract
3 c. powdered sugar
(to frost 24 cupcakes)
8 oz. cream cheese
2 sticks butter
1 c. strawberry jam
(I like the flavor to be very apparent. You can use more or less to taste)
2 c. powdered sugar
(Or slightly more or slightly less...adjust to the thickness you want)
4 drops red food coloring
(for a darling baby-pink coloring)
Beat together eggs. Add oil, milk, water, and vanilla, and beat well.
Add in cake mix.
Beat in an electric mixer for a few minuets to make sure everything has combined together very well!
Add the sour cream.
Spoon into cupcake trays lined with cute papers of your choice.
Fill only 1/2-2/3 of the way full.
Don't over fill the little guys! Frosting is so much easier when they aren't too plump on top...
(I'm still trying to master this idea. Somehow, I ALWAYS manage to over-fill mine! Just an excuse to keep practicing I guess!)
Bake at 350 degrees for 14-17 minuets, or until a toothpick come out clean.
Melt butter in a small saucepan.
Add cocoa powder, lemon juice, and vanilla.
Bring to a rolling boil and after one minuet, remove from heat.
Add powdered sugar.
Pour in whipping cream.
Continue to whisk mixture vigorously until all lumps are gone and ganache is a thick and gooey liquid.
Dip the tops of the cakes right in the ganache to give them a nice coating.
Beat everything in an electric mixer.
Spoon into a piping bag and after everything is completely cool decorate away!
Welcome Sweet Baby! Oh Happy Life!