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Since my friend’s 21st was coming up I figured it was time for me to finally do some baking in my new apartment. There is a website I have been using for cupcake recipes for quite a while because the recipes are always delicious and always pretty easy. Chocolate was the requested flavor for the birthday so I decided to go with the classic, chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Baking on a budget is always pretty tricky. I usually avoid recipes with lots of spices and complicated things like cinnamon sticks or anise. Even without those ingredients though it is easy to spend a lot trying to do some home baking, but nothing can beat a homemade cupcake and sometimes you just gotta spend a few extra dollars.

This recipe however, was pretty cheap compared to most and since my lovely roommates also love to bake we already had some of the ingredients on hand. I recommend getting everything at a big supermarket and getting the store brand of everything possible, you’ll save the most money that way.

For some reason I expected this recipe to make a pretty big batch of cupcakes, I guess it always just seemed like a lot when I was only baking for 5 people, but we managed to get 18 good cupcakes which was all we actually needed. The mixture has a very soupy consistency but the cupcakes turned out fine so I’m guessing it was supposed to be like that. They don’t rise very much so make sure you fill up the cupcakes cups at least 1/3 of the cup. The frosting is also a strange consistency. We actually realized that we could mold it into little shapes since it wasn’t very sticky and it was really thick. It tasted delicious though, since it was mostly butter and icing sugar. Overall these were some very tasty cupcakes and I would definitely recommend checking out http://mingmakescupcakes.yolasite.com/ for any other cupcake recipes you need in the future.

Recipe: (from Ming Makes Cupcakes)

Sis’s Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Cupcake ingredients:

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup buttermilk

3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder

1 stick of butter or 113 grams for people in Australia because apparently they don’t really sell butter in sticks here…

1/2 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

Ingredients for icing:

1 stick butter

5 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder

1 lb/ 500grams confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup milk


In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in room-temperature buttermilk. In a saucepan, melt butter and cocoa together at a low temperature. When smooth, add water. In a separate bowl, sift together sugar, flour and salt. Add cocoa mixture and egg and mix at low speed. Add buttermilk mixture and vanilla and beat until smooth. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

For the icing:

In a saucepan, melt butter at low temperature. In a separate bowl, mix together cocoa and sugar. Add melted butter, vanilla, and milk and beat at low speed until mixed. Frost cupcakes generously. (Frost them very generously because this recipe actually makes quite a bit of icing).