Snack Cupcakes – Simple and Delicious

Food Network Magazine has 50 cupcake recipes in their May issue.  I love baking cakes.  They are just too much for our family.  Coworkers can only handle so many baked goods.  Cupcakes seem like a great idea.  Not too much, or too little, but just right!  Eric started us off with the first one to try; Snack Cupcakes.

Snack Cupcakes

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Ingredients – Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup crushed potato chips
1/2 cup chocolate covered pretzels (I had trouble finding these.  I ended up buying a bag of mini pretzels.  Melted 4 ounces of semi sweet chocolate. Added 2 cups of pretzels to melted chocolate.  Voila – chocolate covered pretzels!)

Directions

1.  Whisk flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.  Set aside.
2.  Heat milk until hot but not boiling. (I used a double boiler)
3.  In a large bowl pour warm milk over unsweetened cocoa, whisk until smooth.  Let cool slightly.
4.  Add sugar, oil, egg and vanilla to whisked cocoa/milk.  Whisk all until smooth.
5.  Whisk in the dry ingredients until combined.
6.  Add crushed potato chips and pretzels.  Fold into batter.
7.  Divide the batter among the 12 muffin cups.  Bake until the tops spring back, 20-25 minutes.  Transfer to a rack and let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, remove the cupcakes to the rack to cool completely.

While cooling make the frosting!

Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients

1 stick butter, softened
2 cups confectioners sugar
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted (I used a double boiler to melt chocolate)
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Place all in food process and mix until smooth.  This frosting is awesome!

This makes the perfect amount – exactly 1 dozen cupcakes.  We all loved these cupcakes. april 002 Great one to start with!! Next…

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