I had the pleasure of eating dinner last night with my “best friend who happens to be older” and her two little munchkins. She cooked dinner and provided the wine so I offered to bring dessert. I decided to make a black bean chocolate cake. I normally use this recipe as the base for all of my chocolate cupcakes, but it worked just as great for cake. The recipe I used is, of course, a Pinterest find: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes. The only difference is I double up on my vanilla extract and sub brown sugar. The brown sugar and extra vanilla give them an amazing richness (I also forgo the peanut butter cups on the inside). It is also possible to make substitutions in the batter (like a lot of recipes) to make them vegan. The awesome part about this recipe is that it’s a blender/food processor recipe so you legit just throw everything in the bowl and blend. SUPER EASY 😄
Now onto everyone’s favorite part… the FROSTING. I used a different recipe for this beautiful specimen of an icing, you can find it here: Easy Peanut Butter Frosting. This is on the top of my list of favorite frostings… Just look at it! ❤ Tip: if the frosting is too thin just add a bit more powder sugar 🙂
Of course I had to make it fun for the little ones. I split the frosting between two bowls then added gel food coloring to each one. I chose teal and hot pink. Transferring frosting to a piping bag isn’t always the funnest task but there is a super cool trick to help you out. Take your piping bag (chosen tip already attached) and place your piping bag in a drinking glass. I bent my tip upward so no frosting escaped and folded the top of the bag over the lip of the glass. To split the two colors in the bag I wedged a small flat spatula in the middle and spooned the colors into their respective sides. Once filled I swiftly lifted the spatula out, lifted the bag and pushed the frosting down towards the tip. Now you are ready to frost (by this time your cake should be cool enough).
I thought it would be fun to do psychedelic swirls on the top…
The finished product was super fun and super DELICIOUS!
Livie tested and approved! Trust me, this kid will let you know if she doesn’t like something.
Now go bake a cake, or cupcakes, or both! ❤