Celebration Time ~ Classic Yellow Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting

 

From the rich, creamy, sweet frosting to the delectable moist cake, it’s hard to be in a funk when devouring a cupcake!



The gems first appeared back in 1828 when an ingenious young woman, Eliza Leslie, published her cookbook, Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats, which included the recipe for the first cupcake.


While Leslie was credited with writing the first cupcake recipe, there is no single inventor of the little cake; she probably deserves to be declared "The Mother of the Cupcake" no matter.


Eliza Leslie
Eliza Leslie

Here's her recipe:

  • 5 eggs
  • Two large tea-cups full of molasses
  • The same of brown sugar, rolled fine
  • The same of fresh butter
  • One cup of rich milk
  • Five cups of flour, sifted
  • Half a cup of powdered allspice and cloves
  • Half a cup of ginger

Cut up the butter in the milk, and warm them slightly. Warm also the molasses, and stir it into the milk and butter: then stir in, gradually, the sugar, and set it away to get cool. Beat the eggs very light, and stir them into the mixture alternately with the flour. Add the ginger and other spice, and stir the whole very hard. Butter small tins, nearly fill them with the mixture, and bake the cakes in a moderate oven.


A couple of theories hold firm about the origin of recipes titled "cupcake":

One refers to the amount of ingredients used to make the cake:  a cupful of flour, cupful of butter, cupful of sugar and so forth, similar to the way pound cakes were made. 

The other theory states these cakes were originally baked in cups, as in earthenware tea cups or other small clay baking pans.





Hostess, that great American bakery company, introduced commercial shop-bought cupcakes in 1919.



Its small size and dainty appearance was introduced as a single-portioned dessert, a
"snack cake."


These days, cupcakes can be as simple or elaborate as you want, in a wide variety of flavors and styles, infused with jams, chocolates, and creams.  Now there’s a cupcake for every occasion...


Bill’s birthday was Friday ~ a great day to celebrate with these perfect little domed cupcakes that are moist and fluffy, and absolutely delicious! 


This is the birthday guys' favorite flavor combo for a sweet treat --- yellow cake with dark chocolate frosting.  I leave the fancier decorating and piping to others.


The yellow batter is named for its signature color and its buttery, rich flavor.  It’s all about the eggs.



Eggs are the backbone of a plethora of baked goods and contribute to the products' structure. 


Egg yolk contains protein, water, and a high percentage of fat, and emulsifying lecithin. 



The yolk has the distinct ability to bind liquids and fats together, creating an emulsion which prevents them from separating. The fat in egg yolks gives baked goods that extra-rich flavor and a velvety texture, ensuring a moister product, while adding a great amount of color. 


It makes no difference at all if you’re celebrating someones first or 100th year on this planet ~ at the end of the day, it’s no wonder we all love cupcakes so much!



A little cupcake goes a long way!



 

Classic Yellow Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting
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Classic Yellow Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting

Servings: 24 cupcakes
Author: Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner
Prep time: 15 MCooking time: 25 MTotal time: 40 M
These are great domed cupcakes that are moist and fluffy, and absolutely delicious with the dark chocolate frosting!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, slightly softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 4 whole eggs, plus one egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Prepare muffins tins by lining with 24 cupcake liners or grease and flour.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5.  Beat in the egg one at a time; stir in the vanilla.
  6. Alternate adding the flour mixture with the milk, mix until just incorporated. Don’t over mix.
  7. Using a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop or a measuring cup, divide batter into cupcake pans, filling each of them approximately 3/4 full.
  8. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes, until cupcake springs back when pressed in the center.
  9. Remove to wire rack to cool.
  10. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
DARK CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
  1. ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  2.  ⅔ cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa
  3.  3 cups powdered sugar
  4.  ⅓ cup milk
  5.  2 teaspoons vanilla
METHOD:
  1. Melt butter, stir in cocoa.
  2. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
  3. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Makes about 2 cups frosting.
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Enjoy!






52 comments:

  1. Your cupcakes look like the real thing: simple cake, not too much frosting, above all BUTTER in everything. I want one now.
    I wonder how many cupcakes were made from that early recipe — looks huge!

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Ha! Thought the same thing about the recipe, Mae! Mine are simple for sure and pretty good. 😊 Butter rules! Wish I could send a couple to you now!

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  2. I love vintage recipes. These cupcakes look so tender, smooth and delicious with real butter and lots of eggs. Excellent!

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    1. Yes, me too, Angie! Kind of interesting with the oldies! Thanks for the visit!

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  3. Happy Birthday to your honey bunny and I LOVED the cupcake history. I had no idea!

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    1. Thanks, he's a honey bunny for sure! Love those cupcakes! You take care, Ivy!

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  4. Pam, Happy Birthday Bill! My wife loves cupcakes and she'd down a couple of these in no time. For my birthday, I'm looking for either a banana cream pie or an apple pie with struesel and ice cream. Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Oh, Dave! You got me at apple pie with struesel and ice cream, woo hoo! Glad Laurie likes cupcakes too! Thanks for Bill's birthday wishes! Stay safe and take care to you also!

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  5. Happy Birthday Bill... Our family loves cupcakes of all kinds. My crew had much rather have cupcakes for their special days, verses a CAKE. It was a very interesting read about the little cakes.

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    1. Thanks, Shug! Cupcakes are a favorite here, we all like them too. Take care

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  6. Happy birthday to Bill, Pam I love cupcakes and many times I dont made, yours look to die for!, take care dear

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    1. Bill says thanks to you, Gloria! Cupcakes are so easy to make and so good! Hugs to you!

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  7. Never knew this story but I like it! And I love cupcakes! These sound great!

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  8. Nothing beats yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting.

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  9. It's always interesting to know the history and background behind a topic.
    Your cupcakes look like the 'best one in town'.
    Great for Bill's Birthday celebration! Wishing him many happy returns of the day , with cupcakes, of course!

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    1. Thanks for Bill's birthday wishes, Duta! And for my cupcakes, they were really good since we hadn't had them for a while. Take care

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  10. They look so light and I love the history. Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Bill. Keep safe and take care Diane

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    1. Hi Diane! Thanks for Bill's Happy Birthday wish! They were light, good and fresh! Take care and be safe.

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  11. These are awesome! Such a classic dessert and they look perfectly baked! I'd love these for sure.

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  12. You are not wrong...who can be in a funk when eating a cupcake. What a classic combination! Perfect for celebrating, Pam.

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    1. Right on, Debra! Thanks for the visit!

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  13. These cupcakes look so good - I’d love one now. Happy birthday to your husband.

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    1. Thanks, Cakelaw for the birthday wishes and all. Take care

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  14. That was so interesting to read! That is true, cupcakes are so good, great as a gift! Yours look so yum!☺

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    1. Thanks, Natalia! Glad you liked it and the cupcakes too! Take care

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  15. My family loves cupcakes and wish I'd make them more often!! These look perfect for my next batch. Happy birthday to Bill!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I need to make them more often too. Thanks for the Bill's birthday wishes! Take care

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  16. Happy Birthday to Bill! To celebrate, we'll all have to make a batch of cupcakes. :-) Had no idea Hostess started making cupcakes over 100 years ago -- neat fact to know. And this is a neat recipe -- thanks.

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    1. Thanks, John (for Bill)! The more cupcakes, the better! Yes, that kind of surprised with Hostess also. Thanks and take care

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  17. YUM!!
    Will have to make these when our oven gets fixed.
    Do love me a Hostess one too. We found some Lemon
    ones this summer and they are sooooooo good. Light
    and refreshing.

    Hope Bill had a great birthday.

    M : )

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    1. Oh, woo hoo! Lemon is my fave! And I like Hostess too! Bill had a great birthday! Thanks, Melinda! Take care

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  18. What a great retro recipe Pam. The frosting alone is sinful! Hope you're doing well.
    Happy Birthday to your husband, Bill!
    Ciao,
    Roz

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    1. Yes, retro for sure, Roz! Thanks, for the wishes and all. Take care

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  19. Cupcakes are my weakness, I would eat that whole batch and they are my fav too yellow and chocolate the best these look great!

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    1. Yes, good combo yellow and chocolate. Thanks, Claudia! Have a good day!

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    1. Thanks, son! They were good and tasty! You have a good day! Love

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  21. Happy Birthday to your hubby, Pam! My MIL used to make yellow cake with chocolate frosting and it was always my husband's favorite too :) Fun history on cupcakes!

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    1. Thanks for Bill's birthday wishes! The cupcakes are an oldie but goodie! Thanks and have a good day!

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  22. Great classic recipe Pam...best wishes to Bill...enjoy the rest of Sunday!

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    1. Thanks, Juliana! Take care and have a good weekend!

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  23. A salute to Eliza Leslie and a frown, for at least thirty extra pounds that come directly from cupcakes. Love them. Happy birthday wishes to Bill.

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    1. Ha, thanks, Buttercup! You're right on, salute and a frown! I love cupcakes too and thanks from Bill!

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  24. Well let me start by wishing Bill a belated Happy Birthday. A very interesting story regarding Eliza. Her recipe is intriguing. Do you think she used a half cup of ginger? I'm tempted to make a batch using her recipe, but then your version looks so yummy too.

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    1. Hi Ron! Thanks from Bill! I thought so too with the ginger, and then cloves and allspice also. Seems like overkill to me! I'll stick with my version. 😉 Let me know if you try her recipe. Take care

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  25. You can't go wrong with these Pam, a real classic.

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    1. Thanks, ATIE! They were really good, a classic!

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  26. I love the moist texture of this cake! Can't have enough of them!

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    1. Thanks, Dennis! Good cake for sure! Thanks for the visit!

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⚫ Hostess Bakery plants shut down due to a workers' strike. It was split up. The State Department hired all the Twinkies, the Secret Service hired all the HoHos, the generals are sleeping with the Cupcakes and the voters sent all the Ding Dongs to Congress.
~ Argus Hamilton

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