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Kitty Cat Cupcakes

These delicious chocolate chip cupcakes are decorated to look like fluffy white kittens!

Ingredients

  • Cupcake batter:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • Buttercream:
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • black food coloring
  • pink food coloring

Steps

  1. Bake the cakes:
  2. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and eggs one a time, mixing with each addition.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add this to the batter in 2 additions, alternating with the sour cream. Add the mini chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips and mix to combine.
  4. Pour the batter into a lined muffin tin. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack and cool completely.
  5. Make the buttercream:
  6. Beat the butter with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined. Add the confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time, then beat for 3-5 minutes, until fluffy.
  7. Dye ¼ cup buttercream black and ¼ cup buttercream pink. Place the black and pink buttercream into piping bags fitted with small, round piping tips. Place ½ cup of the white buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a #103 piping tip. Place the remaining white buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a #133 grass piping tip.
  8. To decorate:
  9. Working from the center of the cupcake outwards, pipe long strands of fur with the white buttercream fitted with the #133 grass piping tip. Position the piping bag vertically above the center of the cupcake and pipe a dollop of buttercream, creating the nose.
  10. Use the white buttercream in the piping bag fitted with the #103 piping tip to pipe ears, then use the pink buttercream to create pink centers of the ears, as well as a tiny pink nose.
  11. Use the black buttercream to pipe the eyes and mouth. Enjoy!