Devils Food Cupcakes with Strawberry Balsamic Frosting!

by Michelle on February 13, 2011

This is one of my Mom’s recipes and absolutely my very favorite chocolate cake recipe EVER! In fact it was the first thing I ever baked when I was about 12 years old! I bet I’ve made this recipe 1000s of times and it is always good.

For my Valentine’s Day Cupcakes I wanted to use this recipe but I did change a few things and bumped it up a notch or two in flavor, if that’s possible. For my first test run with the recipes changes I halved the recipe, but we ate all the cupcakes before I could frost them. Then I made a full recipe which were inhaled for the Super Bowl. So I made another half batch and finally was able to frost and decorate for photos! Whew!

I like my cupcakes to rise and dome over the edge of the liner. I think a domed cupcake is easier to frost and frankly it looks better to me. But I know that most people like their cupcakes flat as a pancake! I’m pretty sure it’s because if the cupcake rises too much it will stick to the cupcake tin. That’s why it’s important to always do a test bake. I do a test bake for each batch of cupcakes I make, filling 3 cupcake liners; 1-half full; 1-2/3 full; 1-3/4s full. Then I can tell just how much batter to fill each liner with and I rarely ever have a problem.

Look at how deliciously rich and dark these cupcakes are. Yummy with chocolate!

But how much batter depends on how large the cupcake liner is and as you can see from the above photo, cupcake liners differ in size. Most of the colorful printed liners are a bit smaller and to avoid any baking problem just fill with a little less with batter and please do a test bake first.

Chocolate Devils Food Cake
Recipe adapted from my Mom

2 c flour
1 c sugar
4 TBL Cocoa (I used 5 TBL cocoa)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 c mayonnaise (Do not use Lite Mayonnaise)
1 egg
1 c milk (I used buttermilk)
1 tsp vanilla

Makes about 17 regular sized cupcakes

1. Sift together flour, sugar and baking soda. Sit aside
2. With a hand mixer in a small bowl mix egg, mayonnaise, milk and vanilla.
3. Gradually add the sifted dry ingredients until thoroughly incorporated but do not over mix.
4. Pour batter into a well greased 9″ by 13″ cake pan. **See Note if you’re making cupcakes
5. Bake at 350 degrees until tester comes out clean about 30-35 minutes. Do not over bake!

**NOTE: This recipe rises very well. Carefully fill cupcake liners no more then 2/3 full and bake until tester comes out clean.

Strawberry Balsamic Frosting

8 ounces cold cream cheese
1 stick butter, firm but not cold
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 c powdered sugar, sifted
1 TBL strawberry balsamic vinegar

Combine butter, salt, and cream cheese in mixer and beat on medium speed 2-3 minutes. Add sugar until just incorporated. Don’t over mix. It should be thick but not fluffy. Add balsamic vinegar. If you are using food coloring add along with the balsamic vinegar a drop or 2 at a time. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before use.

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  • Shelby February 13, 2011 at 5:26 am

    these are gorgeous! I’m fairly certain I would love these – my signature cake I make is my Nanny’s Mayonnaise Cake recipe. I love the flavor it gives a cake and how dark and moist they are!

  • Renee (Kudos Kitchen) February 13, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Brilliant idea to do test batches before baking Michelle! These cupcakes look incredible and adding balsamic into the frosting has my mouth watering! LOVE that idea. So different!
    Speaking of love…I’d love to pass along a recent honor that was bestowed on me and my blog to you and yours. Congratulations for being a winner of the “Stylish Blog Award” I know, pretty cool, huh? To find out more information and see the brilliant company you’re in, you can visit here:
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    Congratulations again and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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  • Ju February 13, 2011 at 8:46 am

    How cute are they?! I agree with Renee … test bake! I sometimes get the problem with over and under-filling when trying out new recipes. Now I know. Why I never thought of it before puzzles me! 😛 Thanks, my friend.

  • Lisa@Pickles and Cheese February 13, 2011 at 9:32 am

    These look so great. I have a new bottle of Black Cherry Balsamic Vinegar that I can’t wait to try this recipe out on! Thanks.

  • Kate February 13, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Mmmmm….these look fantastic! I have never tired a flavored balsamic…I can see that I have been missing out on something!

  • Biz February 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Michelle – those look wonderful! I think I need to take cake/cupcake decorating classes from you! Don’t you love that all our snow is melting?!

  • Ryan February 14, 2011 at 6:17 am

    These look spectacular however I doubt they’d turn out like that if I made them.

  • kat February 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Those are gorgeous & the frosting sounds amazing

  • Kathy Gregson February 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    happy valentine’s day BBD! Pretty cupcakes.

  • deeba February 14, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Drop dead gorgeous Michelle. Love the balsamic topping too. Bee-yoo-ti-ful!!

  • Katrina February 15, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Those look awesome and I love the idea of balsamic in the frosting!

  • A Canadian Foodie February 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    The icing sounds like the perfect compliment to the chocolate. YUM!
    :)
    Valerie

  • sophistimom February 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Love the strawberry balsamic frosting.

  • Christina March 6, 2011 at 1:57 am

    These look so moist and delicious, thanks for sharing.

  • QH August 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    We made these today, minus the frosting. I have a big art reception in a few days. We will frost about 300 cupcakes with super bright colors, but we chose this chocolate recipe for our “choco-cakes.” We did minis…so the girls that were helping kept eating them. May not be 300 when we are through. hah. Thanks for all your great recipes and info. I want to can some bread and butter pickles too and try some other recipes. Visit my site when you get a minute. It isnt’ a blog though..more like a store thing.
    Wingedheartart.com
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