Valentine’s Day Cupcakes for Your Chocolate-Loving Loves

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My family LOVES chocolate, so proof of my love always involves a little chocolate. I have already established that this sensible mom use cake mixes and invests her time in the frosting. Ellen can be a little more rock star.  Anyway you choose to make the cake part, these chocolate frostings are my two favorites. They are over-the-top yummy. Pick one to frost your chocolate cupcakes.

How to Rock Your Mix to Maximum Yumminess

For maximum deep chocolate flavor, I use 1 package of butter recipe fudge cake mix.

I add 1 8oz package of cream cheese (completely softened or you will get lumps–take it out an hour before baking or 10-20 seconds in the microwave)

1/2 cup warm water

4 large eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients with a mixer for 30 seconds. Scrape sides and then mix on medium for 2 minutes. Bake in lined cupcake pan at 350 degrees for 20-23 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before frosting.

Chocolate Syrup Frosting

8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup chocolate syrup

3 cups confectioner’s sugar

1 Tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cream the butter, cocoa powder,  and chocolate syrup. Blend for 30 seconds. Add the sugar, milk, and vanilla.

Blend for 1 minute on low speed. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy.

This recipe has a looser texture than the buttercream, so you may have to add a little more sugar.

Chocolate Buttercream

8 Tablespoons (1 Stick) Butter

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 cups confectioner’s sugar

3 to 5 Tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cream the butter and cocoa powder on low speed.

Add the confectioner’s sugar, 3 Tablespoon’s milk, and the vanilla.

Blend on low for 1 minute until all of the sugar is incorporated.

Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. If the frosting is too stiff, add the extra milk.

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