Last night was a chocolate night. I used the chocolate cupcake recipe from vctotw. I usually use white whole wheat flour when I bake but for the first time I decided to use whole wheat pastry flour. It makes a huge (good) difference in the texture. The pastry flour makes things so much lighter. I also used More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend for 1/2 cup of the sugar as my grandfather is diabetic and I'm looking for ways to make a dessert that he won't have to worry about. The outcome was good :)
Anyway, I had some leftover frosting in the fridge since the poor red velvets had such a short lifespan between the oven and the trash can. My frosting recipe went something like this:
1 stick Earth Balance Margarine
1/2-ish container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
between 3 and 4 cups Organic Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Throw ingredients in a bowl and mix mix mix.
So yeah, chocolate cupcakes and vanilla frosting are a classic favorite. But in my opinion, they scream boring at a notch only slightly (and I mean slightly) lower than vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting. I had to jazz these up at least a little. So, I took the peanut butter route for half, and the hostess route for the other half.
For the Chocolate PB:
I added maybe 2 (or more.. I love PB) heaping tablespoons of natural peanut butter and a pinch of salt to about 1/2 cup of the frosting. Then I piped it on and topped each with a roasted peanut.
For the "Hostess Style" Cream Filled:
I added a smidgen (a tablespoon or less) of soymilk to thin about 1/2 cup of the frosting. Then I used that long skinny piping tip to fill the centers of the cupcake with the cream. With the remaining frosting, I mixed in about a tablespoon of cocoa powder and a drop of chocolate extract. Then I frosted the tops using both the chocolate and vanilla. I think next time I will use a chocolate ganache.
So, what is your favorite kind of cupcake?