Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ho Ho Cupcakes

This past weekend we had a surprise birthday party for Shawn and I wasn't exactly in the mood for just  another cake so I took a cake recipe that we love and made it into cupcakes. Nothing mind boggling there, but instead of the chocolate icing on the top of the filling that it gets I made a Magic Shell like you use for ice cream and dipped the filling into it for a quick finish. They were so yummy! And the shell was a fun change.

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
6 Tablespoons Cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla
¾ cup canola oil
2 cups cold water

Put everything together in a mixer bowl except 1 cup water. Mix; scraping sides as necessary. Add the rest of the water and mix again. Do not over beat. Line cupcake pans with papers and with a size 20 cookie scoop, put a scoop the batter into each paper. Bake @350° for 20 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pans for a few minutes then remove and cool completely before topping with the filling.

5 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1¼ cups milk

Combine in a saucepan and stir over medium heat, stirring with a wire whisk until lumps are gone, then stir continually with a spoon until thickened. Cool.

Cream together and beat:
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup Crisco*
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar

*I like to use the Crisco that I buy at the health food store that is not made with hydrogenated oil.

Add the flour mixture and beat again on high speed till lumps are gone and it is fluffy. Pipe onto cupcakes. Refrigerate until the white part is good and cold so the magic shell does it's thing properly.

Magic Shell:
Coconut Oil
Chocolate Chips

1 part coconut oil to 2-3 parts chocolate. Melt in microwave safe bowl or melt in a double boiler. I let mine cool a bit so it wouldn't mess up/melt the filling and make the whole thing cloudy. Put it into a bowl that is deep enough to accommodate the filling depth and start dippin'. Store cupcakes in the refrigerator.

~Be Blessed!


  1. What a fantastic idea. I'd love to sample one. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. Martha look absolutely amazing!!

  3. What a clever idea to use the Magic Shell! I haven't had that in ages. Your cupcakes look so yummy.

  4. Oh boy... those would be very dangerous to have in my home. I'd eat way too many. YUM.

  5. Those look so yummy! Clever idea using Magic Shell for the Icing. I LOVE anything Chocolate.
    Have a Blessed Easter!!

  6. Can food be beautiful?! They look delish!

  7. What a great recipe! I think these would work very well for Easter! Love that you use coconut oil :)
    Mary x

  8. These look really yummy!


  9. How very clever! I love that glossy look, too!

  10. These are definitely "HO HO" cupcakes!
    More like wohhhhhhhhhh
    Really Delicious looking

  11. Love the magic shell topping. You always have such beautiful desserts, Martha. Thanks for linking up!

  12. These look amazing :)Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays :)

  13. Yum!! I think I could use one of those right now!! Thanks for linking up to 2 Maids a Baking!!