Mike had a long day of work on Lily’s birthday, so to celebrate we invited some friends over for a cupcake decorating birthday party! It was super simple: I baked two dozen cupcakes, and put out dixie cups filled with different kinds of candy.
We didn’t have any eggs, the only oil I had was olive oil, and I didn’t want to go to the grocery store. So I improvised this recipe based off of wacky cake, and it was shockingly good:
Egg and oil free chocolate cupcakes
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup baking cocoa (dutch processed always tastes better, I think)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup of water
- 1 Tbsp vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup applesauce (we used a single serve berry flavor one, which gave a nice berry undertone to the cupcakes)
Mix all the dry ingredients together well, then add the wet ingredients. I add the vinegar last, because it triggers a reaction. Stir well, spoon into cupcake liners/tins, and bake at 350 for 25 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean). These were very moist, and I LOVE that they all turned out looking beautifully uniform!
Then I made some pink frosting (butter, crisco, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla) for my pink-loving girl, and we were set!
Everyone enjoyed decorating AND eating their cupcakes – sometimes at the same time! This was such a fun and simple party!!!
And don’t worry – we decorated a second round with Mike when he got home!