As you know, I baked clown cakes for my nephew’s carnival-themed first birthday party. Because I have never baked for such a large crowd, I worried that the cake would not be enough so I decided to also make some cupcakes. Compared to the cakes these cupcakes were easy breezy! I baked a batch of butter cake cupcakes and a batch of chocolate cupcakes and then decorated them with Hershey’s frosting, mini M&Ms, glitter icing, gummy bears, and sprinkles. I think the monkey cupcakes and the lion cupcakes were especially cute!
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Insert cupcake liners into pans.
Stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into pans.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely before frosting.
Melt the butter in a medium bowl. Stir in the cocoa. Alternately add confectioners’ sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla.