In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together with a wire whisk.
1 ½ cups all purpose flour, ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 ⅓ cups granulated white sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt
Add eggs, oil, vanilla and milk and mix until combined.
2 large eggs, ⅓ cup vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ⅔ cup milk
Add hot water and mix.
⅔ cup hot water
Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full.
Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool and decorate.
Decorating Supplies Frosting (I used Betty Crocker cream cheese) Decorator bag and Ateco tip 807 (I used a ziploc bag & a random tip) White sanding sugar Chocolate Chips (I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips because that’s what I love) Jimmies (Chocolate or black) Pastel confetti sprinkles (just the white ones) Black edible ink pen Mini cupcake wrappers<br> <br> Frost your cupcakes. I piped them, but you don’t have to. Pour some baking sugar into a bowl. Once frosted, smush (gently) your cupcake into the sugar, fully coating it. Then it’s really up to you. Two chocolate chips up at the top for the ears. One sideways (& upside down?) for the nose. Then I drew the pupils on the white sprinkles. Be careful because if you apply too much pressure, they break. Lesson learned. Use a little bit of frosting to “glue” the white sprinkle to a chocolate chip for the eyes. Then position the eyes however you want. Making the mouths with the chocolate jimmies was fun because you could give them personality. The smirking ones were my favorite.Source: Bakerella
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