Floral Baking - Part 2

Ok, I know this is much delayed, but my first floral baking endeavor was to accompany another for my sister-in-law's birthday party (Happy Birthday Katie! ... two weeks ago!). I'm finally getting around to posting the second recipe. 

This chocolate cake recipe is slightly adapted from the one on the back of the Hershey's cocoa powder can, a tip from Danielle and her mom. With a few alterations, the recipe is really easy (one bowl!) and always comes out perfect. I make it all the time. The frosting is from a Joy the Baker recipe, perfect buttercream texture and just a hint of rose.

Chocolate Cupcakes

1 3/4 C sugar
1 3/4 C flour
3/4 C cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 C milk
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 C vegetable oil
1 C very hot coffee

Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake pan with paper liners. In a large bowl, use a wisk to incorporate the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the eggs, milk, vanilla, and oil, and beat until well combined. Add the coffee and stir until combined, batter will be very thin. Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full with batter (a levered ice cream scoop helps for even distribution). Bake for 22-25 minutes.

Rose Water Buttercream

2 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 C sugar
1 C milk
1/3 C flour
1 1/2 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp rosewater

In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, cream the butter until soft. Add the sugar and beat on high for 7 minutes, until fluffy. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine 1/4 C of the milk with the flour and vanilla. Whisk until there are no lumps. Over medium heat, slowly add the rest of the milk. Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Allow the milk mixture to cool to room temperature (the fridge or freezer helps). With the mixer on low speed, slowing add the milk mixture to the butter and sugar. Add the rose water, increase the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy.


  1. Wait... Jamie, the cupcake recipe... no mention of chocolate/cocoa/any form of chocolate in the list of ingredients.

    So does the coffee just provide a "coloring" of sorts?

  2. Sunny! Good catch, thank you!! I added the amount of cocoa!

  3. No problemo! Cupcakes look GREAT!