Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Happy Birthday, Kevo!

Time for another birthday. Our friend, Kevin, would be celebrating his milestone 30th birthday with a pub crawl in the S. Tampa area known as Hyde Park. His girlfriend, Lisa, planned the whole thing and did a great job. She had 4 local bars on the list for us, had koozies made and provided appetizers at the first bar. When something fell through with the cake she was having made, I offered to help. I decided on Katie's chocolate fudge cake recipe which you can find here. For the cupcakes I just used a canned cream cheese frosting and for the cake, I used the Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate recipe which is below.

The cake had a great flavor, however, the bake time was listed as 25-30 minutes. I was skeptical about that and set my timer to 20 minutes. Even that was about 2 minutes too long. So, they weren't nearly as moist as I was hoping for. I had to put extra icing on in hopes of them not being too dry. Just something to keep an eye out for when using this recipe.

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

** Kevin and Lisa at the birthday celebration


Joelen said...

Your cupcakes look great! I hope to visit Hyde Park when I'm there in a few weeks... can't wait to see what Tampa has to offer! :)

The DeLadurantey Sisters said...

Great looking cupcakes! Nice frosting too!