Earth Day Compost Cupcakes!

IMG_3153Celebrate Earth Day with a Compost Cupcake!

Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or melted coconut oil)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Frosting

  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line muffin pans with cupcake liners. (Makes approx 14 cupcakes.)

In a large bowl, whisk cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together until thoroughly combined. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla together until completely smooth. Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then half of the buttermilk. Gently stir. Repeat with the remaining wet ingredients and buttermilk. Stir until combined; do not overmix.

Pour the batter into the liners. Fill about halfway to avoid spilling over the sides. Bake in batches for 18-19 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Then! Pick some pretty flowers, take the leaves off the stems. Stick the happiest little flowers you can find into the cupcakes, and place the cupcakes on a bed of leaves, surrounded by gummy worms. No, I’m not kidding. It’s disgusting and delicious and also awesome.

The Earth is the only place we have – let’s celebrate it!

Cupcake recipe from: Sally’s Baking Addiction – thanks Sally!

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