I feel kind of silly posting these boring cupcakes after all the comments on my blackberry ones the other day. Who knew so many people loved purple cupcakes?! But, I couldn’t not post them since they are the Saints cupcakes! And we all know who won that game. *grumbles*

Devil’s food is probably my favorite kind of chocolate cake. It always seems a little springier, not as heavy, you know? I’m not a big chocolate girl so I appreciate a light chocolate cake and these are just perfect. And marshmallow frosting? Perfection. I’ve made this frosting once before and was so excited for another excuse to make it. It’s a little more work than a buttercream since you have to cook the egg whites but it’s worth the extra effort. It tastes like a fresh marshmallow fluff, which makes no sense at all but it’s true.

(I skipped this week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe but Sarah has the recipe on her blog. It’s a super decadent chocolate cake that I hope to make someday soon!)

Devil’s Food Cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 6 ounces butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
For the marshmallow frosting:
  • 1/2 cup egg whites about 4 large
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
To make the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Whisk together boiling water and cocoa. Cover and set aside. With a mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and continue creaming until light and fluffy. Sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder and add this mixture, alternately with the buttermilk. Add cocoa and water mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. Scoop into cupcake pans and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Let cool completely before decorating.
To make the marshmallow frosting:
  1. Put the egg whites in a clean, dry mixer bowl or in another large bowl. Have a candy thermometer at hand.
  2. Put the sugar, cream of tartar and water in a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, cover the pan and boil for 3 minutes. Uncover and allow the syrup to boil until it reaches 242 degrees F on the candy thermometer. While the syrup is cooking, start beating the egg whites.
  3. When the syrup is at about 235 degrees F, begin beating the egg whites on medium speed with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer. If the whites form firm, shiny peaks before the syrup reaches temperature, reduce the mixer speed to low and keep mixing the whites until the syrup catches up. With the mixer at medium speed, and standing back slightly, carefully pour in the hot syrup, pouring it between the beater(s) and the side of the bowl. Splatters are inevitable—don’t try to scrape them into the whites, just carry on. Add the vanilla extract and keep beating the whites at medium speed until they reach room temperature, about 5 minutes. You should have a smooth, shiny, marshmallowy frosting.



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