Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Hello!  I hope you enjoyed a fabulous weekend!  Let's start our week off with something yummy!

It took a solid week to set up my new kitchen.  Crazy, right?!  I am so indecisive. Deciding where everything belongs is like a giant game of chess.  But settling into a brand new kitchen is exciting!  I have been looking forward to cooking and baking lately.  I hope this newness doesn't wear off for a while!

I really needed a new treat to munch on during all of the unpacking...

 

These scrumptious rainbow cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting were my very first homemade creations in the new kitchen.  Oh YUM!

You might remember our Colorado Bloggers' Spring Soiree a few weeks ago.  I whipped up 5 flavors of delicious homemade cupcakes and frosting.  I saw a yummy recipe for chocolate buttercream frosting at Joy the Baker.  I adapted it a bit to make it my own with a couple of secret ingredients!

But let's begin with the actual cupcakes, shall we?

We decided to make rainbow cupcakes.  Little Man loves rainbow cake (although we call this "jellybean cake"). He had so much fun helping mix these up and seeing all of the colors!

We mixed up a vanilla cupcake mix, divided the batter into 6 bowls and used food coloring to dye each bowl a different color!  We used all of the colors of the rainbow:  Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.  Then we dropped a small bit of each color into every muffin cup and baked them according to the directions.

But of course I was most excited about the frosting!!  Are you ready for this yumminess?

You can download this recipe here.

I used a couple of secret ingredients in this recipe. I love using buttermilk in baking, so I used a nice dose of buttermilk instead of regular milk.  Plus... hello, hot chocolate!  I thickened up the cream with Stephen's hot chocolate, and the result is incredible!  My mouth is watering at the thought.  I eat this frosting by the spoonful.

YUM!  It might be cupcakes fore breakfast today!

Have a great day!

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