Moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

???????????????????????????????I used to volunteer quite a bit in the United States.  I think it was ingrained in us as Americans to help others out when possible.  As a Girl Scout, I remember visiting the local retirement home and celebrating the 102nd birthday of one of the residents and singing Xmas carols at the mall during the holidays.

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Cupcake Decorating 101

My decorations prepared and laying out to dry

My decorations done and laying out to dry

Cupcakes used to be all the rage in the U.S. and now seems to have come to Europe.  I don’t get why though.  I mean, it’s just simple white cake with tons of sugar on top.  Who actually enjoys eating that?  I mean, don’t get me wrong–I actually LOVE carbs and have downed my share of simple sugars–but would rather savor all the delectable breads here, munch on cakes, cookies, brownies, tarts, pies, muffins, tortillas…  you name it.  When I bake, I bake to EAT.  Gimme all the yummy goodness of the food itself, not all the fluffy stuff that goes on top. Continue reading