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I’ve talked about my mom on my blog before. I think she is where I get my love of food from. She made breakfast 6 mornings a week. (On Saturdays, we were allowed to get up early and eat cold cereal while watching cartoons. I think the only reason we were allowed cereal this one day was so that she could have one morning to sleep in!) She cooked every meal. In fact, I don’t ever remember eating out except for when we would go on vacation. It was never – “I’m too tired to cook, so let’s eat out tonight”.

Birthdays were always a lot of fun because if it was your birthday, you would get to choose what was for dinner and what kind of cake you wanted. I remember always wanting homemade chicken nuggets for dinner, and the cake of choice was always cherry chip with fluffy frosting. It wasn’t until I started reading food blogs that I found out that most people call this frosting 7 minute frosting or marshmallow frosting, not fluffy frosting! And although it’s been quite awhile since I’ve had a cherry chip cake, fluffy frosting still remains my favorite.

I’ve made a similar cupcake on here before – a devil’s food cupcake with marshmallow frosting. The frosting on my first post was good, but it wasn’t the same as the frosting from my childhood. And this cupcake recipe is much better. I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to love birthdays like I did, and I won’t be surprised if they always choose fluffy frosting for their cakes!
Devil’s Food Cupcakes
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Baking Book

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
1 1/3 cups cold water

Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners. Preheat oven to 350F.

Stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Add flour mixture and water alternately to beaten mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.

Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Fluffy Frosting

1/3 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine corn syrup and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and boil until sugar is dissolved.

Meanwhile, beat the egg whites until stiff. Add vanilla. When the corn syrup/sugar mixture is ready, pour it in a stream into the egg whites while still beating. Beat until the mixture cools a bit and forms a smooth, marshmallow frosting.

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32 Responses to Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Fluffy Frosting

  1. kat says:

    oh those do look like perfect kids cupcakes, that fluffy frosting is so awesome

  2. Patricia Scarpin says:

    You are the cupcake queen, Deb!

  3. April says:

    These look fantastic!

  4. farida says:

    Ohhh, these cupcakes looks very tempting! Yum!

  5. RecipeGirl says:

    I definitely need to experiment with more cupcake recipes. I never think to make them, but I do love how they turn out… all cute with the swirly frosting and everything. Yours are pretty 🙂

  6. Maria says:

    Deb what a lovely read and my mum was always the same, she always cooked and I don’t remember us having take-outs and the few times we had Mc Donalds it was a really big treat!

    These cupcakes look really delish and the frosting is so fluffy!


  7. Deb says:

    Oh they look delectable! Yum!!

    My mum used to do the same thing on birthdays for us too and I still carry it on with my kids. It’s such a cool tradition. For the life of me, I cannot remember what I used to choose tho.

  8. PheMom says:

    Its so fun to think about traditions you can carry on. Your cupcakes and frosting look perfect!

  9. glamah16 says:

    Those will be some lucky kids because yiu have a way with the sweets!I love marshmallow frosting.

  10. Sophie says:

    Wow! What a mom! I really admire her for making breakfast every morning but Saturdays; I’m the other way around, I only make breakfasts on Saturdays :D. I really like your fluffy frosting, it looks smooth and delicious like soft serve! Great cupcakes!

  11. Maria says:

    What a super mom!! Breakfast every morning is a lot of work!!
    I love the cupcakes. I will have to try them. The frosting looks yummy!

  12. Mrs. L says:

    Great looking cupcakes! I love being able to ask for specific food things on my birthday and getting them.

  13. creampuff says:

    That’s a good-lookin’ cupcake!

  14. Pearlsofeast says:

    The frosting are really good and they look perfect.

  15. [eatingclub] vancouver || js says:

    Your mother is an amazing woman. Thanks for sharing the story.

    These cupcakes look heavenly, the name notwithstanding.

  16. The Mediocre Cook says:

    Those look absolutely delicious. One thing I need to start doing is making more treats for the kids!

  17. Elle says:

    What a great post–and your mom is a hero. I love that fluffy frosting!

  18. hot garlic says:

    I’m really not a cake person… unless it’s made from scratch baby! Good call! I’m guessing this means your central air was fixed {it probably said that and I missed it…}

    Looks tasty!

  19. Brilynn says:

    We never ate out in my house either. When I was really young it was almost always my Mom who cooked but then it switched somewhere along the lines and Dad made all our meals. Baking was never a Dad thing though so Mom made birthday cakes. Mine was always black forest with whipped cream.

  20. noble pig says:

    Great memories! We only went out to dinner on Sunday night otherwise it was all home cooking.

    These cupcakes sound really great!

  21. Meeta says:

    lovely lovely. i used to love devil food cake when i was in the US. these are such a cute way of serving these!

  22. Katie says:

    That frosting looks wonderfully fluffy.

  23. Grace says:

    you’re gonna be a fabulous mom, deborah! sounds like you had an awesome model growing up, and i love that you’re looking forward to sharing this fluffy frosting with the next generation. 🙂

  24. HoneyB says:

    my birthday is coming up…and these look like the perfect treat to have! sort of reminds me of the mayonnaise cake with fluffy frosting that I used to request from my Nanny!

  25. Dhanggit says:

    this is beautiful deborah!! the fluffy frosting is so pro 🙂 i’ll be doing this for my little i’m sure she will love it!

  26. Erin says:

    These look so pretty and delicious! I love devil’s food cake and cupcakes!

  27. Rosie says:

    A wonderful post Deb and brings back memories for me as a child. My mum would cook fresh produce every day and bake at least twice a week.

    Your cupcakes look amazing with fluffy frosting 🙂

    Rosie x

  28. Paola says:

    Gorgeous little cupcakes there! Aren’t cupcakes the perfect food???


  29. Kevin says:

    Those cupcakes look so dark and good. The pure white frosting is a really nice contrast.

  30. ashley says:

    i’ve never made devil’s food anything… i really need to. these look SOOO good! the dark cupcakes and the white fluffy icing… gorgeous

  31. mimi says:

    these look sooo good!! yum, yum, i’m so hungry for cupcakes now!

  32. Cali says:

    Mmmm. I always called it Sticky Frosting, and it is still my favorite! 🙂

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