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homecoming chocolate cupcakes

I asked Koda Bear as he was driving to Houston house if he would like vanilla or chocolate cupcakes when he got here.  He said chocolate.  My favorite chocolate cake recipe required beaten egg whites.  There was just one problem with that.  My right shoulder was sore and I do not own a mixer, hand or electric.  I decided to take my favorite Italian vanilla cake and modify it.  It is a one bowl cake so it morphed to nice easy chocolate cupcakes.  Well, easy for me.  I always make cakes and cupcakes and fairy cakes from scratch now.

This turned out well.  Nice texture.  Not too sweet but nice chocolate flavor.  You could add frosting but I was not feeling up to it and the boyos do not need it.

chocolate cupcakes

1 cup plus two tablespoons butter

1 cup  sugar

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/4 cup flour

3/4 cup cocoa

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease 18 cupcake molds.  Or use papers.

Cream the butter and sugar together.  Mix in the eggs and vanilla.  Mix in 3/4 cup flour and 3/4 cup cocoa.  Mix in about half the milk.  Mix in 3/4 cup flour.  Mix in the rest of the milk.  Mix in the last 3/4 cup flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.  Mix well.

Fill the cupcake molds about half to two thirds full.  I overfilled.  Bake for about twenty minutes or until a knife poked in comes out clean.  Take out of the tin and let cool. 

Frost if you wish.

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