Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chocolate Buttercream Cupcakes! (I can't believe how amazing this frosting turned out!!)

This week for Grampa's 87th birthday, I made my first chocolate buttercream cupcakes. I had a box of Pillsbury chocolate cake mix in the cupboard (shhh.. I cheated a little) but no canned icing! Yep, I've used the canned icing before in a pinch. So after some quick research on homemade buttercream, I decided to try making my own chocolate buttercream from scratch!

While I was slightly nervous, because I never know how my baking will turn out, these cupcakes were fantastic!! WOW- homemade chocolate buttercream is AMAZING! I can't wait to try other flavors! Not only were these the most gourmet tasting cupcakes I've ever made, they were the most professional looking cupcakes too! That's because I finally used my Pampered Chef easy accent decorator! One day I'll do a post to share all of my favorite Pampered Chef products, thanks to Kelsey, Jamie, Marty, and Beth for hosting that awesome shower for me, and to all those who participated! ♥ I digress.. 

After sampling a cupcake, making sure they were good enough to share, I packed up a tray full and a few spare. I dropped off a couple at Zach's work in town and we stopped to give his Grandma one on our way to Strawberry Point. You should have seen the excitement on Grampa's face when we opened the container full of chocolatey goodness! 

The best part about the day wasn't that my cupcakes turned out better than I could have imagined, it was watching Grampa feel excited and special as he opened his presents and ate his birthday cakeI know he enjoyed every chocolatey bite but I think he enjoyed our conversation and company most of all.



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