Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes

My son turns 11 today! I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. My little boy is now a little man! He eats way more than I do and beats me in arm wrestling every single time! Happy Birthday my little man !

Makes about 12

For the cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder, set aside
  3. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment at medium speed, mix together eggs, sugars, coconut oil and vanilla extract
  4. Mix in half of flour mixture and half of buttermilk
  5. Add the other half, mix until just blended, do not over mix
  6. Pour into slightly greased paper muffin cups, about 1/2 full
  7. Bake in muffin tins for about 18 minutes (toothpick should come out clean when inserted into middle of cupcakes)
  8. Cool completely before frosting

For the frosting

Makes about 2 cups

  • 3/4 unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups icing sugar,sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Using an electric mixer with paddle attachment, blend sugar and butter until smooth
  2. Add vanilla, mix well
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