Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Rum Frosting

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from cooking and baking anything new since I’m saving money for a big trip and can only buy rice and soy sauce in massive amounts and thus only need to buy tofu and a few other things to make my favorite dish. However, now with a week and a bit left I’ve run out of soy sauce! I’ll be making more fries and sandwiches. Also, my mother has sent amazing amounts of food to me in Korea, and I’ve recently been cooking all those boxed meals to get rid of them before I go on my big trip. I’ve also been running around Korea doing everything I’ve been meaning to do and spending more time with friends because after the big trip I’m leaving Korea for good to go back to the United States.

I still have my oven, so this is either the last thing, or the second to last thing I’ve baked. Probably last because I want to make pancakes and then I’ll be out of flour. Cupcakes taken from here, frosting taken from here. I had to add the rum because I’ve also got to use that up too!


  • Cupcakes
  1. just over 1/3 cup butter, softened
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 100g dark chocolate, melted
  5. 2 cups + 2 TBSP flour
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. 2 TBSP cocoa
  8. 1 cup buttermlik (1TBSP vinegar/lemon juice mixed with 1 cup – 1 TBSP milk)
  • Frosting
  1. 3/4 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 1/24 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp rum
  4. 3 oz dark chocolate, melted


1) Heat the oven to 375F/180C or toaster oven to 140C.

2) Mix the butter, eggs, sugar and chocolate in a large bowl.

3) Slowly add the flour, baking soda and cocoa and mix.

4) Slowly add the buttermilk and mix.

5) Pour the mixture (it will be very liquid) into baking tins and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

6) Allow to cool completely before adding the frosting.

7) To make the frosting, mix the butter and the sugar.

8) Add the rum and chocolate and mix.

9) Top the cupcakes with the frosting.

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Lemon Cupcakes

This is a small recipe, but great for potluck with no leftovers! Recipe taken from here but with more lemon added!


  • cupcake
  1. 3/4 cup flour
  2. zest of 1 lemon
  3. 3/4 tsp baking powder
  4. pinch of salt
  5. 4 TBSP butter, room temperature
  6. 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP sugar
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 1/4 cup milk
  • frosting
  1. 4 TBSP butter, room temperature
  2. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  3. juice of 1 lemon
  4. zest of 1 lemon


1) Preheat oven to 350F/170C or toaster oven to 130C.

2) Combine the flour, lemon zest, baking powder and salt.

3) In another bowl, combine the butter and sugar.

4) Add the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture and mix.

5) Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix.

6) Add half the milk, mix, 1/3 of the flour, mix, the rest of the milk, mix, and the rest of the flour and mix.

7) Pour into baking tins.

8) Bake for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

9) Let cool before adding the frosting.

10) Combine the butter and powdered sugar.

12) Add the lemon zest and lemon juice.

13) Top the cupcakes with the frosting.

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Chocolate Bald Cupcakes

Made for potluck, so of course I forgot to take a photo! I make day of, throw into Tupperware and go out the door to work and straight to potluck. Maybe I should start making a day ahead…

I didn’t realize until after that they are vegan!

Recipe taken from here.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 TBSP vinegar


1) Preheat your oven to 350F/175C or 140C for a toaster oven.

2) Mix everything together until blended.

3) Pour into cupcake tins and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Top 10 of 2012

Here are my top 10 posts from 2012, from both blogspot and here on wordpress.

1) Oreo and Peanut Butter Cakes AND Peanut M&M Cakes

2) Rum and Coke Cupcakes

3) Creamed Onions

4) Sweet Chili Tofu

5) Truffle Cookies

6) Fried Ramen Pancake

7) Tomato, Zucchini, and Eggplant Tian

8) Irish (Car Bomb) Brownies

9) Cold Sesame Noodles

10) Homemade Mayo and Two Sandwiches to go with it