Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream


(Chocolate butter cupcakes)

This week, I’m counting down a little nervously to the day I start whipping up a huge batch of these cupcakes for a friend’s wedding. I’ve baked in bulk before, but never at home with a pint sized mixer and a single oven. For weeks now, I’ve been worrying over the little things that could possibly go wrong, including the amount of time I will have to make these, as I’m trying to fit it in, inbetween work and other commitments. Mind you, I’m extremely excited about the task and can’t wait to get stuck into the cake-baking and buttercream-mixing. In the meantime, I have cartons and cartons of eggs on my kitchen counter, a dining table taken over by a mountain of packing boxes, a fridge full of butter blocks and containers of chocolate ganache, and I’m half way through assembling the presentation/cutting cake. Fingers crossed, this whole operation is going to turn out as smoothly and as sweetly as….. vanilla bean buttercream.


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  1. Rosa said,

    April 26, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

    Delicious and beautiful!



  2. vanillasugar said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 12:13 am

    how many do you have to make? love these cupcakes. good luck. at least you’re smart to do a trial run and see how long it might take.

  3. Piggy said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 12:17 am

    The cupcakes look gorgeous, and I’m sure that you’ll be able to complete the task in time!

  4. FFichiban said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 1:24 am

    I’m sure you have nothing to worry about :P! They look mighty tasty mmm

  5. Dimah said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 2:29 am

    Yum, those cupcakes look lovely! Great pictures πŸ™‚

  6. Trissa said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 4:41 am

    Hey Y, I am sure it must be really nerve wrecking to be baking so many of these gorgeous cupcakes, especially if it is for a good friend (and I am sure you wouldn’t spend all that time if it wasn’t!). Well, you know, if you need help – just give me a tweet and I can come over and help you bake! In exchange of course for a few cupcakes to take home! πŸ™‚

  7. Diana said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 5:23 am

    They look deliciouuus πŸ™‚ Yum. Good luck!

  8. Brooke said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 5:42 am

    Look at those! They are going to be MAGNIFICENT for the wedding. Now…how to get myself on the guest list. πŸ˜‰

  9. snooky doodle said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 6:11 am

    oh these look spectacular ! yummy

  10. Memoria said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    These cupcakes look perfect. I’m sure you’ll do just fine!!! Good luck!

  11. Juliana said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 9:42 am

    Oh! These little chocolate cupcakes look perfect πŸ™‚

  12. betty said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 10:16 am

    they look great and while i believe you can do this- goodluck anyway πŸ˜›

  13. Nadia said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    These cupcakes look sinfully good! I too am making cupcakes for a friends upcoming wedding (june) and as I started reading this post it sounded like I was reading my daily journal entry!
    What are your plans? are you freezing the cupcakes or making them all a day or two before? Are you only making one kind of cupcake or multiple flavors? how do you plan on transporting them?
    Would love to share my tips/tricks that I have found along the way of my endless blog searching

    GOOD LUCK!!!!

  14. Steph said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

    They look so pretty and perfect, good luck with the cupcake mass production!

  15. Vanille said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    No doubt, your friend will have the best wedding cupcakes ! πŸ˜‰

  16. faithy said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    Looks delicious! i’m sure everything will turn out great! Your buttercream looks so smooth!

  17. anna said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

    The look awesome and I’m sure you’ll do fine! Baking cupcakes is so much fun, it’s the simple things like cupcakes and cookies that make me super giddy even at work.

  18. Valen said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 11:47 pm

    oh gosh this looks good!

  19. Big Boys Oven said,

    April 28, 2010 @ 4:01 am

    looked so dramatically lovely, such an eye pleaser! πŸ™‚

  20. steph (whisk/spoon) said,

    April 28, 2010 @ 5:00 am

    hopefully you made it through okay! those cups look delish…extra-special with the little bit of ganache hidden beneath the frosting!

  21. Betty @ The Hungry Girl said,

    April 28, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    Good Luck Y! These look delicious and I’m sure you’ll be fine πŸ™‚

  22. felicia said,

    April 28, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

    love how white the buttercream is.
    and the first photo. mmm!

  23. kewpie said,

    April 30, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

    hey Y! see u at the wedding.. dun worry, i’ll be sharing your pressure too! and you’ll be fine…. i on the other hand, have got the sniffles… nose won’t stop leaking….shuuuuuh, let’s not tell malinda!

  24. Lynnette said,

    May 1, 2010 @ 1:40 am

    Cupcakes look delish! I’d love for you to run through the directions for the creamy smooth buttercream when you get the time. It is not my strong point and I know I’m missing out on lots of goddies because of this. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Phuoc'n Delicious said,

    May 1, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

    Y your cupcakes looks fantastic. I hope we get to see a pic of the final assembling of all the cupcakes at the wedding.

  26. mademoiselle dΓ©licieuse said,

    May 2, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

    Understated simplicity and elegance. Best of luck!

  27. erin said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    Oooo…that little mound of chocolate beneath the frosting looks sooo good.

  28. kewpie said,

    May 4, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

    hey yu-ching. well, what can i say? it rocked… i had 2 cupcakes mind you…stole an extra one while all the crazy people were on the dance floor….and i didn’t even finish my main dish! awesome job! what r u going to do if more people want u to bake for their wedding? heheh…. nice meeting you, finally!

  29. Su-yin said,

    May 5, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    These look fabulous. I love how the frosting set so beautifully to allow you to slice it so nicely, my cupcake frostings are always too soft!

  30. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said,

    May 6, 2010 @ 11:45 am

    Good luck! I’m sure they’ll be fabulous. I <3 vanilla bean buttercream, too.

  31. lauresophie said,

    May 10, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

    OMG they look so good! post the recipe πŸ˜‰ ciaooo

  32. deeba said,

    May 19, 2010 @ 1:42 am

    Just too gorgeous! WOW!!

  33. Bri said,

    May 20, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    I’ll be helping out a friend do the same for a wedding in November – I’d love to see a post on your tips and tricks if you are so inclined!

  34. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said,

    May 21, 2010 @ 10:03 am

    So how did it go Y? I bet you aced it! πŸ˜€

  35. Jamie said,

    May 21, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    Oh how I wish you could have been there to make these gorgeous cupcakes for my wedding. I hope your friend is getting these. Chocolate, most definitely, but even better with the elegant swirl of buttercream atop. Just perfect! And gorgeous as usual!

  36. jan said,

    May 23, 2010 @ 3:33 am

    K… we gotta have recipes! pretty plz

  37. justcooknyc said,

    May 26, 2010 @ 12:58 am

    i love how that looks sliced open

  38. Elif said,

    June 26, 2010 @ 1:57 am

    waow waow waooowww!! Looks delicious… and I am dying to taste one πŸ™

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