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Chocolate Cupcakes and the Best/Weirdest Vanilla Frosting

These were also made for Julia (Leigh’s cousin) bridal shower. They are Pioneer Woman’s chocolate sheet cake, and the frosting recipe came from Pioneer Woman’s community Tasty Kitchen. The cupcakes by themselves were awesome, but I can’t honestly say I tried these cupcakes  with the frosting – but I do have this picture:

That would be Leigh’s 15 year old brother who I caught in a sugar coma and definitely ate more than the two wrappers let on. I brought over about a dozen large cupcakes and Lord knows how many mini cupcakes, but all I know is that a lot of them disappeared into the hollow leg of a 14 year old boy. Does anyone else wish for the metabolism of a 14 year old boy? I know I do. Zoinks.

Everyone seemed to like them and I will admit that since the frosting was so weird (it involves flour) I tried some before I put it on the cupcakes…and boy, it really is the best frosting you’ll ever make.  It is also the oddest procedure  to make frosting that I have ever gone through. You start with 5 tablespoons of flour mixed with a cup of milk and heat it on the stove. Seriously weird, right? Then you cool it down to room temperature, while cooling it you cream a cup of sugar (granulated, not powdered) with a cup of butter.  Then you combine the two and add a tsp of vanilla and whip it until it looks like whipped cream. It will, don’t worry. It’s the darnedest thing.

And the most awesome thing?  Doesn’t taste like flour at all. Seriously, it tastes like frosting. Please, just make this weird amazing frosting. Put it on something. Like a spoon and hide in a closet eating it. No one will notice.

Best/Weirdest Vanilla Frosting Ever

  • 1 cup Milk
  • 5 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar (not Powdered Sugar!)

Preparation Instructions

Missydew via Tasty Kitchen

Bake your favorite chocolate cake and let it cool.

In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. (If I’m in a hurry, I place the saucepan over ice in the sink for about 10 minutes or so until the mixture cools.) Stir in vanilla.

While the mixture is cooling, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then add the cooled milk/flour/vanilla mixture and beat until it all combines and resembles whipped cream.

Grab a spoon and taste this wonderful goodness. If there is any left after your taste test, spread it on a cooled chocolate cake. Cut yourself a piece and put it on a pretty plate. Grab a fork and prepare to experience the most divine pairing you can imagine. This frosting on chocolate cake is to die for. Sure, the recipe sounds strange — it has flour in it — but it’s sublime. Try it, you’ll see. You’ll love it so much you won’t go back.

Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Sheet Cake

Pioneer Woman’s website

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • ½ cups Buttermilk
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
Preparation Instructions

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.

In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir together.
Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.

In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.

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