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Sunflower Cupcakes


  • Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/3 tablespoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup warm water

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Buttercream:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar

  • Yellow food coloring

  • Mini chocolate chips


  1. Whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add the buttermilk, vegetable oil and warm water and whisk to combine. Then add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk until the batter is smooth.
Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and fill each cup 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

  2. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the buttercream. Place the butter in a bowl and whip with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time, mixing well with each addition. Then whip for 3-5 minutes, until fluffy. Dye the buttercream a golden yellow color.

  3. To decorate, spread a thin layer of buttercream onto the surface of each cupcake. Place the remaining buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a star-shaped piping tip. Pipe rings of petals on the cupcake, starting from the outside and working towards the center.
5. Fill the center with mini chocolate chips and enjoy!

Sunflower Cupcakes




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