Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I was super busy last week, but refused to miss my chance to use the Halloween sprinkles that I bought at Target! I made these cupcakes to bring into work on Halloween and they were a huge hit. This is a simple recipe, but you can do a lot with it if you have some food dye and fun cupcake decorations!

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe originally from The Gold Lining Girl)

1 c milk
2 tsp white vinegar
3/4 c butter, room temperature
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 c flour
1/4 c cocoa
3/4 tsp baking soda

For the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 3/4 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Fill muffin cups with liners.
2. In a small bowl, combine milk and vinegar. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Add eggs. Beat until well combined. Mix in vanilla.
5. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa and baking soda.
6. Add dry ingredients to wet, alternately with the milk mixture.
7. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
8. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a few cupcakes comes out clean.
9. Cool completely.

For the frosting:
1. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and powdered sugar. Beat until fluffy.
2. Mix in vanilla.
3. When cupcakes are cooled, frost and decorate as desired.

These came out great!  The cupcakes were moist and the cream cheese frosting was a good compliment to the sweetness of the cake. They were the perfect Halloween treat!

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