Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m terrible about remembering to document my steps… so this will only have photos of the finished product… hopefully I’ll get the hang of this blogging thing soon! 😳

I made the cupcake recipe as was published (the link is below). It was fine. I wasn’t super wowed by it, but it will do the job as a basic chocolate cupcake.

I did not, however, use their frosting recipe; I used my own (which I will include below). Overall a pretty good combination. Be aware that my frosting recipe uses less sugar than many standard recipes call for, so it will be a somewhat tangy frosting, especially with the addition of the cocoa powder.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 Sticks of butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 2 8oz packages of cream cheese (softened at room temperature)
  • 1.5 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • .5 cup of cocoa powder

Cream together butter and cream cheese. Mix well after the addition of each of the following ingredients: add vanilla, add powdered sugar, add cocoa powder (for a swirl frosting — as pictured — remove 1/2 the frosting before adding the cocoa powder).

*If you want a more sweet frosting add an extra .5 cup of powdered sugar to the recipe above.

Saturday Night Dinner

Saturday Night Dinner

I post a lot about desserts that I make, but that’s because they’re fun and everyone can get behind a good dessert! But, truth be told, we typically only have dessert once a week or less. So, I thought I’d make a post about what we typically eat.

My hubs has been doing a keto diet, and I have gall bladder issues and can’t process as much fat, so we typically try to find something that can be slightly modified to suit both our needs.

Tonight’s menu? Mixed green salad with fresh veggies and baked chicken breast. The husband’s salad had cheese and sour cream on top.

See… nice, healthy, boring, but delicious.

Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have yet to find a better recipe for chocolate chip cookies than the one you find on the nestle bag.

And I love a good homemade cookie… I mean, given the choice, I’d rather eat pie or, honestly, something savory anytime. But a good, homemade cookie is tough to beat. So, when your 72 year old friend asks you to make pecan chocolate chip cookies for her husband’s 73rd birthday, you make pecan chocolate chip cookies for her husband.

Tips for great cookies.

  1. Use real butter
  2. Take the time for your butter to soften at room temperature
  3. Bake your cookies for the lower end of the recommended time (10 minutes in my oven).
  4. Tap the pan when you pull the cookies from the oven
  5. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the pan before moving them to a wire rack
Dough, pre-chocolate chips
Adding chocolate chips
Adding the pecans
All mixed up
Ready for the oven
In the oven
Post “tap”
All done!