Something I’ve wanted to begin doing on my blog for a while now is combine two of my favorites hobbies: baking and reading. When I first began planning all the bookish recipes I would want to post here I knew the first one would have to be… Kingdom of Ash cupcakes to help cure the hangover everyone is feeling right now. I cannot be the only one that feels like such a huge mess after finishing the final book in such a wonderful series! I adore these books and I give them credit for my love of YA fantasy which is why this recipe felt fitting to be the beginning of something I’m really excited for!
Ingredients for Cupcakes:
- Four Large Eggs
- 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
- 1 cup milk
- 1 Chocolate cake mix
- chocolate chips
Ingredients for Icing:
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- yellow food coloring
Instructions for Cupcakes:
Despite these cupcakes coming from cake batter, the change in other ingredients makes all the difference between what typically comes from a box mix and creations that taste like they’re from a bakery. Beat together the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and milk until the mixture turns into a batter.
After the batter is nice and thoroughly mixed began pouring it evenly into 24 cupcake liners. If you don’t have any special tools for pouring pour two spoonfuls into each liner until all are full. Then go back with the batter you have left and distribute it among all the cupcakes. I find doing this leads to the most even cupcakes! A lot of times, as you can see in the photos, this is a huge mess for me. I can never stop some of the batter from spilling over!
Next, sprinkle a few chocolate chips onto every cupcake. This will make the cupcakes really rich and will also give them a nice unique flavor. I normally don’t put more than a few in each one. I always add the chocolate chips on top before baking because if you mix them into the batter they will sink and won’t be well distributed in the cupcakes!
Here’s the fun part, getting these chocolaty cupcakes into the oven. Bake the cupcakes for 16-18 minutes, or until finished at 350 degrees. When the cupcakes are done set them out to cool then begin working on the icing
Instructions for Icing:
Beat your room temperature butter and powdered sugar. Start by mixing it at a slow speed, otherwise the sugar will go everywhere. Mix until it begins to come together. I find that using butter that’s closer to melting (but not actually quite liquid) works best for the icing coming together. After the two are mixed add in the milk and vanilla. Mix the icing for another minute or until it comes together. If it’s not coming together slowly add more milk until it becomes the texture you want! The last step before icing the cupcakes is too add yellow food coloring. Give the icing a few drops and mix, continuing this process until the icing matches the yellow of Kingdom of Ash‘s cover.
When it comes to icing the cupcakes, use a piping bag and a large tip. If you don’t have any tips to use there’s an easy solution; all you need is a large one gallon plastic bag. Instead of using a tip, cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and fill it with icing. Pipe the icing out of the whole and it will still look really amazing!
Last is the best part… eating them! These cupcakes work wonders for curing the Kingdom of Ash hangover we’re all suffering through. If you’d like you can also sprinkle more chocolate chips onto the icing or add sprinkles if you’d like!
- Preheat over to 350 degress
- Beat together the cake mix, milk, oil, and eggs until smooth
- Line cupcake pans and pour the batter evenly into them. The sprinkle a few chocolate chips onto every cupcake
- Bake the cupcakes for 16-18 minutes or until fully done. Pull them out and let them cool for at least an hour before icing
- Warm butter to room temperature, either by leaving the sticks out for an hour or microwaving for a short period of time
- Beat the butter and sugar together until smooth.
- Mix in the milk and vanilla into the butter & sugar mixture. Beat until smooth.
- Add in several drops of yellow food coloring and mix. Continue the process until the icing is the perfect Kingdom of Ash yellow
- Once the cupcakes have been cooled, pipe the icing onto the cupcakes