Graduation Cupcakes

Graduation Cupcakes


1 1/2 cupsall purpose flour
1+ tspbaking powder
1/2 tspbaking soda
1/4 tspsalt
1 cupsugar
3/4 cupcocoa
3/4 cupvegetable oil
1 tspvanilla
1 cupmilk
4 tbspbutter
1/2 cuppacked brown sugar
2 tbspmilk
1 1/2 cupsicing sugar
1 tbspunsweetened cocoa powder
1 tspvanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350F with rack in middle position. Line a 12 muffin tray.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, combine sugar and cocoa. Beat in oil, eggs, vanilla until smooth. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk.
  4. Scoop the batter into the molds.
  5. Bake ~25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the icing: In a saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved, then add milk. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Sift together cocoa and icing sugar. Blend into butter mixture and add vanilla. If consistency is too stiff, add more milk.
  7. Spread icing quickly over cooled cupcakes.
  8. Add a toothpick with a mortarboard to each cupcake.

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