Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Chocolate Icing for Cupcakes

The story behind the name cupcake is rather interesting. You may assume, that the name was derived from the size of the cake, but it is not so. The cake derives its name from how the ingredients used to make the cake were measured. In the olden days, the ingredients used to make the cake were weighed; therefore, when the cups were used for measurements, the cake was renamed as cupcakes to make the difference. However, now when we talk about cupcakes, they signify individual cakes, which are baked individually either in muffin pans or in cup shaped molds. More often than not, they are eaten without any frosting, but using frosting on the cakes, them more interesting. Will it not be more tempting, when chocolate frosting is used to decorate the cake? Well, there are number of ways of making chocolate icing for cupcakes. Once you know, how to make the icing you will enjoy the cupcakes more. Let�s see, how to make chocolate icing for cupcakes.

Best Chocolate Icing for Cupcakes

There are a number of easy chocolate icing for cupcakes recipes. We will now see how to make chocolate icing from scratch.

Chocolate Butter Cream Icing for Cupcakes

This is one of the basic and easy recipes to make buttercream chocolate frosting for cupcakes. Using this icing recipe, you will be able to make chocolate icing for 12 cupcakes.

  • Icing Sugar 8 oz
  • Softened Butter 5 oz
  • Cocoa Powder 2 tbsp
  • Very Hot Water 2 tsp
  • Using an electric beater, beat butter and icing sugar together.
  • Continue to beat the mixture, till the mixture is well mixed and smooth and no granules are seen.
  • Then add cocoa powder and water to the mixture.
  • Beat again till the icing is smooth and creamy in consistency.
  • You may want to sift the sugar and cocoa powder, before you use it, to get icing with smooth consistency.
Chocolate Fudge Icing
This recipe makes great homemade chocolate icing for cupcakes. Once you have this icing, you will always want to make this easy chocolate frosting for all your cakes. You will be able to make icing for 16 cupcakes.

  • Unsalted Butter, at room temperature 2/3 cup
  • Unsweetened Chocolate 4 ounces
  • Icing Sugar 1 1/3 cups
  • Pure Vanilla Extract 1 � tsp
  • Chop the chocolate coarsely and sift the sugar well.
  • In a heatproof bowl, place the coarsely chopped chocolate.
  • Place the bowl in a saucepan with simmering water, till the chocolate melts.
  • After the chocolate melts, remove the bowl from heat and let it cool down, till it comes to room temperature.
  • Take the unsalted butter in another bowl and whip it, till it is smooth and creamy. This will take about a minute.
  • Then add sugar to the butter and beat it together, till it is light and fluffy for about 2 minutes. Make sure you beat it, at low speed.
  • Then add chocolate to the mixture and beat it at medium speed, until the icing is smooth and glossy.
White Chocolate Icing for Cupcakes

This deviation from the regular also makes for an interesting icing for cupcakes. Using this recipe, you will be able to make icing to suffice for 12 cupcakes. It is important, to use the best quality white chocolate to make this icing. Let's see this easy chocolate frosting recipe.

  • Icing Sugar 1 � cups
  • White Chocolate 4 � ounces
  • Milk � cup
  • Vanilla Extract � tsp
  • Unsalted Butter 6 tbsp
  • Finely chop the chocolate. Let the butter come to room temperature, so that it is softened.
  • Use a double boiler to melt the white chocolate. After the chocolate melts, remove it from heat and let it cool down to room temperature.
  • Sift the icing sugar.
  • Add milk and vanilla extract to the sugar.
  • Then add butter to the mixture and beat until it is smooth in consistency.
  • Once the mixture is smooth in consistency, stir in cooled white chocolate and beat well to form icing in smooth consistency.
  • Place the icing in the refrigerator, till the icing is firm enough to frost the cupcakes.
Using these recipes to make chocolate icing for cupcakes, you will be able to decorate the cupcakes well. At the same time, it will also be a deviation from the regular cakes, that you make. Since you will make cupcakes, you will not have to cut the cake, while serving. You may also want to prepare cupcakes for kid's birthday party to make it a complete success.

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