June 5, 2009

celebration cupcakes

The last 3 weeks have been pretty rough as I've been dealing with some health issues so when I got my test results yesterday and got a clean bill of health it was time to celebrate. For me, that means baking!

I had the itch but I was undecided about what to bake when I saw Tara's post, Cupcakery inspiration, on her wonderful blog Seven Spoons. Cupcakes were perfect - not too taxing (I'm not yet fully recovered) but a delicious way to ease back into baking.

In honour of the launch of Martha Stewart's new cookbook Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite Treat, I decided to continue Tara's Martha theme and baked a batch of Martha's One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes. These cupcakes are perfect for mid-recovery since they really are dump and stir! And they're moist and delicious to boot.

The cupcakes baked up beautifully, as usual, but cried out for icing. I didn't have the energy for anything fancy so I pulled out a recipe from one of my favourite cookbooks, In the Sweet Kitchen: The Definitive Guide to the Baker's Pantry by Regan Daley. I wanted something to counterbalance the sweetness of the cupcakes and decided to adapt her recipe for Chocolate Butter Icing into a delicious mocha icing.


Easy Mocha Butter Icing

1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp. water
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp instant espresso powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream butter and half of the icing sugar. Add 1 tbsp water and stir.

Add the remaining ingredients, reserving the water and adding only if needed to achieve a creamy consistency.

This recipe makes enough to frost a square cake liberally or 24 cupcakes with a thin layer of icing.


  1. I'm not a huge coffee fan, don't drink it, but I can enjoy it with chocolate. These look lovely. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Yay! Keep on healing and celebrating cupcake goddess! I highly recommend more cupcake celebrations. I'll be there with my eating bib on!

  3. It is wonderful to hear that you're on your way to recovery. Thanks so much for the shout out, your cupcakes look delicious. In a coincidence, I made the same ones this weekend!

  4. TheChocolatePriestess, feel free to leave out the espresso powder in the icing, which was my addition. It makes a really great chocolate icing for an everyday chocolate snack cake - great with a tall cold glass of milk.

    Kristine, thanks for everything. You know there is always an extra cupcake with your name on it!

    Tara, thank you so much for your kind thoughts! Hope you love Martha's recipe as much as I do!