Quick Chocolate Cupcakes With Flour Based Frosting is a terrible name for some great cupcakes! These are easy little cupcakes made with vegetable oil and cocoa powder topped with a flour based frosting I tried when I needed a frosting without confectioners' sugar.
Flour Based Frosting
So what the heck is flour based frosting? Well, it's frosting made without confectioners' sugar. You make a mixture of flour and milk, boil until thick, then let it cool into a paste. You then add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar to make kind of a mock buttercream.
Frosting Without Confectioners' Sugar
I first made this on a day I needed a frosting recipe without confectioners' sugar. It took a lot of whipping to get the granulated sugar to dissolve, but with the stand mixer it was pretty easy. The frosting is slick like buttercream and has a very clean flavor, though it's not exactly the same as buttercream. But it's good in its own way and doesn't call for any eggs.
Quick Chocolate Cupcakes
The cupcakes are really good too. You can’t taste the lemon from the lemon juice (which is there to add acid) and they’re definitely moist and light.
Anyway, it's nice to have an easy scratch cupcake recipe like this. I plan on using it as a base cupcake while I work on interesting fillings and frostings (and getting over my issues with making true buttercream).
Quick Chocolate Cupcakes with Flour Based Frosting
- ⅔ cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ⅓ cup unsweetened natural style unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup all-purpose flour sifted after measuring (4.5 oz)
Buttercream Frosting (I halved it and got just enough for 12 cupcakes)
- 5 tablespoons of flour
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 12 cupcake cups with paper liners.
- Mix together milk and lemon juice and set aside to curdle.
- Beat oil and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in
- egg, vanilla, salt, and baking soda until well blended. Beat in cocoa powder. With a large mixing spoon or rubber scraper, stir in the flour alternately with the milk until flour is absorbed.
- Divide batter equally between 12 paper-lined cupcake cups. Bake at 350
- degrees for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Cool in pan on rack 20 minutes. Remove to platter to continue cooling.
- Whisk the flour and milk together in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until it starts to thicken. Cook 1-2 minutes more. Turn into a dish and let cool.
- Beat together the butter and sugar, then beat in the cooled roux 2T. at a time. Continue to beat until frosting turns creamy rather than grainy. This takes a while – probably 6 to 10 minutes. Add vanilla and salt and mix until light and creamy. Frost immediately. You can keep the frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature before serving. I also left a few in a sealed container at room temperature overnight and they were fine.