Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ovaltine Cupcakes with Ovaltine Frosting

These are tasty; I found the recipe from Or Whatever You Do.  

I think you could easily make this recipe in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan or as a layer cake; just bake longer at the same temperature and test with a toothpick to make sure the center is baked.

Ingredients for Cupcakes:
-2 cups flour
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp baking powder
-2 tsp baking soda
-3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-1/3 cup chocolate Ovaltine powder
-2 cups sugar
-1 cup canola or vegetable oil
-1 cup strong hot coffee
-1/2 cup sour cream
-1/2 cup half & half {I substituted 1/2 cup milk plus 1 tbsp melted butter}
-2 eggs
-1 tbsp vanilla extract

Process for Cupcakes:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine oil, coffee, half & half, sour cream and sugar; mix well.
3. Add salt, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, Ovaltine eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.
4. Add flour and mix well.
5. Pour batter into cupcake liners, about 2/3 full.  

TIP: You can spray the paper cupcake liners with cooking spray to help make them peel easier.

I ended up with 24 cupcakes plus enough batter for 3 ramekins cakes.
6. Bake cupcakes 13-15 minutes.
7. Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Ingredients for Frosting:

-1 1/2 cups butter, softened
-1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-3/4 tsp salt, optional if using salted butter
-4 cups powdered sugar
-1 tbsp vanilla extract
-1 cup heavy cream {I substituted 2/3 cup milk plus 1/3 melted butter}
-2/3 cup chocolate Ovaltine powder

1. Beat together butter, cocoa powder and powdered sugar, until free of bumps.
2. Add vanilla, heavy cream and Ovaltine.
3. Beat on high for about 2 minutes, until smooth and slightly lightened in color.
4. Frost cupcakes and enjoy!

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