My daughter's birthday falls in the same month as two of her cousins and since there are 21 cousins in our family, we try to combine parties as much as possible... Makes it a little easier to find time to get everyone together! :) So, when asking one of her cousins what kind of cake he would like, he told me that he wanted chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and he wanted fighting guys on top... That was doable! I decided to go with cupcakes so that I could split up the themes a bit (since Bella is really into My Little Ponies right now) and started searching for recipes... Found a cake recipe that didn't end up thrilling me too much, but this frosting recipe was fabulous!! Too fabulous to not share. I'm still in search of the chocolate cake recipe that I love, but when I find it, I'll definitely make this frosting again...
(recipe found on pinterest via www.recipe.com/)
6 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 - 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted, about 4 minutes. Beat in corn syrup. Add half the powdered sugar and beat until blended (mixture will look a little grainy). Beat in milk, followed by remaining powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat until smooth, adding extra 1/2 cup powdered sugar if needed. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until good spreading consistency. (Mine was spreadable right away.) Spoon frosting into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe in swirled pattern over cupcakes. Be generous... I was afraid that I was going to run out of frosting and I ended up with a ton left over!