thank-goodness-it’s-reading-week cupcakes

14 Feb

Today’s Friday the 13th, and we had out last newscast before we finally commence for reading week. After all the stress or filming and editing, I thought it’d be nice to end on a sweet note. So here are the Valentine’s day/Reading week cupcakes that I decided to bake! I found the recipe on David Lebovitz’ site, so I used it as inspiration =)


chocolate fudge cupcakes!


decorated with raspberry buttercream frosting!


and all topped with the cutest little sprinkles!


better light....from inside my fridge



  • 9 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 cups cake flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam


  1. Heat oven to 350F.
  2. Sift together cocoa powder, cake flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a bowl.
  3. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer, or by hand, beat together the butter and sugar about 5 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated. Don’t forget to scrape down the sides!
  5. Mix together the coffee and milk. Stir half of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, the add the coffee and buttermilk. Finally stir in the other half of the dry ingredients.
  6. Pour into lined cupcake pans, about 3/4 of the way full, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

  1. Place butter and jam in a mixing bowl or an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and cream until well incorporated, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until you reach desired consistency. If frosting gets too thick you can add a little milk to thin it out.
  3. Mangia!

xo dessertchick

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