Okay, well that title was a bit misleading, but it’s KIND OF what I made!
What a whirlwind of a few weeks! I just realized my last post was over a month ago, and I agree – completely unacceptable! But hear me out – I have a few excuses! First it was finals week, then mothers day, then I GRADUATED and then I FINALLY got to make these cupcakes! Back to the important things tho – GRADUATION! So after 2 years I am a Masters in Mental Health Counseling (now you understand the blog title?)! Technically I have 6 credits to finish over the summer THEN I’m a Master’s but I’m celebrating now!
So these cupcakes. This past weekend was Kyle’s littlest sister’s Bat Mitzvah (shout out…Mazel tov Caity!!) and as most 13 year olds, and myself quite honestly – she has a penchant for Zebra print! So I tried to copy those Pinterest pages and make my own zebra cupcakes! They turned out a little less like Zebra and more like swirly but it was cute. But the recipe was really fun to make!
I took the vanilla cupcake recipe from Magnolia’s Bakery (that I’ve made before here, here, and here). I made the vanilla and then split batter in half, adding 3 tablespoons of dark cocoa powder to half (that’s going to be the chocolate half). Because I just found a WONDERFUL deal on amazon for pastry bags, I used 2 large pastry bags to pipe in the batter. This could actually be why they didn’t turn out so Zebra-ey, but it was clean so… I was happy. Basically, vanilla-chocolate-vanilla-chocolate-vanilla-chocolate and BAKE.
The frosting was the BEST part of these cupcakes. My new best friend and frosting guru, Karylnn @ The Kitchen Magpie has perfected the art of buttercream. That’s not an overstatement- this is hands down the my favorite buttercream icing. Not too sweet, not too thick, just perfectly creamy and fantastically delicious! I made the chocolate buttercream and the regular buttercream and swirled them together to continue on the black&white theme.
And for the full effect –
Naturally, I took the opportunity to make two types of cupcakes, so check out my German Chocolate Cupcakes after the jump!