Pandas all over my kitchen.


This weekend we had Maddie and Ana’s 2 year birthday party. Pictures to come, later.

I was boss of the cake. And it had to be a panda. Because the party was panda themed.


But anyway, I made these cupcakes.

And they were deliciousey.

Chocolate Cupcakes


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup hot water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Fill mini cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together with a wire whisk.
Add eggs, oil, vanilla and milk and mix until combined.
Add hot water and mix.
Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full.
Bake for 15 minutes, makes 4 dozen

Then, frost with frosting. Lots of it.

Easy Buttercream Frosting


  • 1 lb butter
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat the butter. Add the powdered sugar and other ingredients. Beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes.