How to Make & Decorate Cupcakes With Buttercream

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How to Make & Decorate Cupcakes With Buttercream Recipe
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1
Gather the ingredients for the chocolate cupcakes.

Gather the ingredients for the chocolate cupcakes.

2
Gather the toppings for the cupcakes.

Gather the toppings for the cupcakes.

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3
Gather the Buttercream ingredients.

Gather the Buttercream ingredients.

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Set the oven to preheat on convection bake at 280 degrees F.

Set the oven to preheat on convection bake at 280 degrees F.

5
Sift all dry ingredients for the cupcakes into a bowl.

Sift all dry ingredients for the cupcakes into a bowl.

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Put butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla into a standard mixer bowl and cream with the flat beater bar.

Put butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla into a standard mixer bowl and cream with the flat beater bar.

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This is what the butter, vanilla, sugar, brown sugar, and eggs should look like when creamed.

This is what the butter, vanilla, sugar, brown sugar, and eggs should look like when creamed.

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Curdle the milk by pouring the vinegar in the milk. Then, boil the water in a saucepan.

Curdle the milk by pouring the vinegar in the milk. Then, boil the water in a saucepan.

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Whisk the cocoa powder into the boiling water.

Whisk the cocoa powder into the boiling water.

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Pour the chocolate and water mix into the creamed ingredients in the stand mixer.

Pour the chocolate and water mix into the creamed ingredients in the stand mixer.

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After mixing the chocolate and water into the creamed ingredients, take turns adding a small amount of the dry ingredients and the curdled milk in to the mixer until all of it is used.

After mixing the chocolate and water into the creamed ingredients, take turns adding a small amount of the dry ingredients and the curdled milk in to the mixer until all of it is used.

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This is what the finished cupcake batter should look like.

This is what the finished cupcake batter should look like.

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Line the muffin pan with cupcake liners. (liners not shown)

Line the muffin pan with cupcake liners. (liners not shown)

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Fill each mold 2/3 full with batter.

Fill each mold 2/3 full with batter.

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Bake the cupcakes in the oven for 35 minutes.

Bake the cupcakes in the oven for 35 minutes.

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This is the finished cupcake.

This is the finished cupcake.

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Now let's make the Swiss meringue buttercream. Make a double boiler by heating a saucepan with water and setting a glass bowl on top. Add the egg whites and sugar and heat until it's 140 degrees F.

Now let's make the Swiss meringue buttercream. Make a double boiler by heating a saucepan with water and setting a glass bowl on top. Add the egg whites and sugar and heat until it's 140 degrees F.

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Put the egg and sugar mix in the stand mixer with the whisk attachment and whisk until it makes a firm peak.

Put the egg and sugar mix in the stand mixer with the whisk attachment and whisk until it makes a firm peak.

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Change the whisk to the paddle attachment, and add the vanilla.

Change the whisk to the paddle attachment, and add the vanilla.

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In a clean stand mixer, cream the butter with the flat beater bar until smooth and creamy.

In a clean stand mixer, cream the butter with the flat beater bar until smooth and creamy.

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Add the creamed butter to the meringue mix.

Add the creamed butter to the meringue mix.

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Make another double boiler to melt the chocolate.

Make another double boiler to melt the chocolate.

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Cream the rest of the butter in a clean stand mixer.

Cream the rest of the butter in a clean stand mixer.

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Add the melted chocolate to the last of the creamed butter. Then combine the meringue buttercream and the chocolate buttercream together.

Add the melted chocolate to the last of the creamed butter. Then combine the meringue buttercream and the chocolate buttercream together.

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For decorations, peel the chocolate with a vegetable peeler for decorations.

For decorations, peel the chocolate with a vegetable peeler for decorations.

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Using the tip of your choice and a pastry bag,pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes.

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After piping, add fresh fruit for garnish.

After piping, add fresh fruit for garnish.

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Sprinkle on the chocolate shavings.

Sprinkle on the chocolate shavings.

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Display and enjoy!

Display and enjoy!

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