If you have read the "about me" page of this blog, you know that I am studying at the University of the Philippines. UP has this tradition of planting sunflowers during summer season (which is March-May for the Philippines), which symbolizes our graduation (I think it's a very pretty tradition, but don't ask me why because I can't answer that). This year is different, because they started planting around May, since we had our academic calendar shift. What used to be an April graduation moved to June.
Since March, I was already thinking of how to make these cupcakes. My biggest dilemma was the flavor of the base cupcakes. Then I thought, why not make simple, flavorful chocolate cupcakes? Yeahhh, that sounds nice. It would be a nice contrast to the bright yellow frosting!
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Yield: Approx. 15 cupcakes
- 1 1/3 cups Flour
- 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
- 2 tsps Baking Powder
- 3/4 cup Cocoa Powder
- 1/8 tsp Salt
- 1/4 cup Butter (softened)
- 1 1/2 cups Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 3/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Milk
- Preheat oven to 175C. Line cupcake pan.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla.
- Add the flour mixture alternatively with milk.
- Spoon 1.5 tbsps of the mixture into each cupcake liner. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
Recipe adapted from WikiHow - sorry can't find the link anymore :(
For the Sunflower effect, I used the Wilton tip #70 which is a grass tip.
I hope these cupcakes will brighten your day no matter what the weather or the occasion is! <3