Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hershey's “Especially Dark” Chocolate Cupcakes

I have been on the hunt for A delicious and moist cake recipe and I think I have found one of the best!

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It was a recipe I found on the back of my Hershey's Dark Cocoa Container.

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And it was hiding in my cupboard this whole time :/

I made a few changes to the recipe by substituting buttermilk for regular milk and using sunflower oil instead of vegetable/canola oil.

It is the Best chocolate cake recipe in my book!!

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Hershey's “Especially Dark” Chocolate Cake

Or In This Case Cupcakes :)


2 cups sugar

1 & 3/4 cups flour

3/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 cup milk (I substituted buttermilk)

1/2 cup vegetable oil or canola oil (I substituted sunflower oil)

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  If making a cake grease and flour two 9-inch cake rounds or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the first six ingredients (sugar through salt);

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(Tip: Use a large serving fork to pre-mix dry ingredients it works great!)

add eggs,

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(My mother gave this cupcake pan to me when we first got married almost 30 years ago!)


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sunflower oil

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and vanilla

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Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes

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Stir in boiling water (batter will be very, very, very, thin); pour into prepared pan(s).

This is what happened when I tried to pour the batter into the cupcake pan due to the fact that it was extremely thin :/

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So I poured the batter into my protein drink mixer/shaker and it worked perfect for pouring with absolutely no mess!

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Bake for 35-40 minutes (18-25 minutes for cupcakes) or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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“Especially Dark” Chocolate Frosting


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

3 cups powdered sugar

2/3 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa

1/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Melt butter and pour in mixing bowl, mix in cocoa.  Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.  Add small amounts of additional milk, if needed.  Stir in vanilla.

And frost.

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I filled a pastry bag with the frosting and using a large star tip decorated the cupcakes.

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Here’s another great tip!

Use your paper towel holder to dry your pastry bag :)

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Furniture - Thrift Shop Side Table


Today’s Friday Furniture piece we picked up at a local thrift shop

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We were so excited to start working on it that we forgot to take a before picture :/

This is what it looked like after we started sanding on it a bit

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When we purchased it there was a board that someone had attached to the bottom to make a shelf that was not original to the piece so we removed it

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The top was warped

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and cracked down the middle

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We tore it apart and stripped off the white paint the best we could with our heat gun

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It was on there thick!!!

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And re-glued it all back together again.

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We were going for a chippy, used, worn look and I think we got it!

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We painted it with the same “Newport Green” that we use on our eat signs

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And distressed it

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I’m sure the reason the paint was so thick was because of this iron mark.

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Which we decided to leave.

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It adds a little character to the piece :)

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Happy Friday :)


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