January 30, 2009
Happy Two Year Blogaversary To Me! Let's Celebrate With Some Triple Chocolate Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting!
Two years ago today I started Dianne's Dishes with a welcome and then promptly posted a recipe for sushi. That was quickly followed by the first installment of What's For Dinner?! From there I've had many comments, tens of thousands of visitors and a whole lot of fun cooking and sharing with you what I've been up to in the kitchen! I've made some fabulous blog friends along the way and I've enjoyed getting to know you as you come and spend part of your day here at my humble abode on the web. So today it's time to celebrate and how better to celebrate than by making some cupcakes!
When we made these cupcakes earlier this week Alexis' first comment was "I want these for my penguin birthday party!" She turns six in June and last year when we had her Tinkerbell party as soon as the party was over and the guests had ventured home she turned to me and said "OK, next year I want a penguin party!" Surprisingly (or maybe not so much in her case if you know her very well) once she makes up her mind she sticks with it and that's all she's talked about since then! I have to admit these cupcakes would be just perfect for a birthday party, so she may just get her wish! ;oP
Anyway, that is neither here nor there. What I would like to say thank you for visiting and I really have enjoyed getting to know so many of you! If you haven't left me a comment or stopped by to say hello, then feel free! I love getting to know those who are a part of Dianne's Dishes and my readers are an integral part of what this blog has become!
Here's to two more wonderful years!
What You'll Need for the Cupcakes:
1 - 4 ounce package of Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate Bar
1 stick of butter
3 cups of cake flour
2 teaspoons of sea salt
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 cup of cocoa
1 cup of organic cane sugar
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
3/4 cup of sour cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 - 12 ounce package of mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a medium sized bowl melt Baker's chocolate and butter in the microwave at half power until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
In a large bowl stir together cake flour, sea salt, baking powder, cocoa and sugar until completely mixed. (Note: If you want to sift this together you could, but I have a strict don't sift if not necessary rule! ;oP) Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add eggs, buttermilk, sour cream, vanilla and slightly cooled melted chocolate/butter mixture. Stir until all ingredients are just mixed. Next add mini chocolate chips and stir until incorporated.
Line cupcake pan with liners and fill each cup 3/4ths of the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cupcakes stick done. Let cool and then remove from pan and frost or ice as desired. I used Cream Cheese Frosting (see below).
Notes: Makes around 3 dozen or so cupcakes. I also baked a small layer to see how it would hold up as a cake to be decorated and it worked well!
What You'll Need for the Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 - 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
2 sticks of butter, softened
4 cups of powdered sugar
1/4 cup of cold water
Cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar and water and beat until smooth. Use immediately.
Notes: If you wanted to you could add in vanilla flavoring or you could use mint extract for a twist instead.
Posted by Dianne at January 30, 2009 12:43 PM
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Alexis sounds like mine. Once they get something into their heads there's no turning back!! I'm curious to know what her idea of a penguin party entails.
Your cupcakes look good and cream cheese frosting what's new to say about it, love it! How is german chocolate different from any of the others?
I know you're thinking man, this ingrid she just talks & talks but I'm almost done.
Thank YOU! :-)
Posted by: ingrid at January 30, 2009 1:43 PM
Happy Blog Anniversary!!!!!!
Posted by: Glenna at January 30, 2009 1:48 PM
Congrats on two great years! These cupcakes look fabulous!
Posted by: Erin at January 30, 2009 2:50 PM
Happy blogaversary! The cupcakes look great, especially the frosting.
Posted by: Di at January 30, 2009 3:24 PM
Happy blogiversary! Those look delicious! as per usual :)
Posted by: Moni at January 30, 2009 4:37 PM
Congratulations on two years!
Posted by: Kalyn at January 31, 2009 8:50 AM
Congratulations! Your food blog is a regular read for me. Thanks for all the help you have passed along. Here's to many more years.
Posted by: Nella at January 31, 2009 3:18 PM
Any cupcakes left? :-)
Posted by: Jenny at February 2, 2009 7:15 PM
Happy Blogiversary, Dianne! Here's to many more delicious years. Can't think of a better way to celebrate than with those scrumptious looking cupcakes!
Posted by: Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy at February 2, 2009 9:03 PM
Happy Blogaversary! You have such great recipes on your site!
Posted by: colleen at February 3, 2009 3:08 PM
Happy Blogaversary, Lady! Two years is a long time, and you're still going strong!
By the way, I was going through my reader and am so struck by your ability to take pictures of food - everything looks heavenly and I feel like I can almost taste it!
Posted by: Allie at February 4, 2009 7:43 AM