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Sex, Sin, and Cupcakes with Evil Chocolate Frosting – with Food Photography Tips

Did you ever think cupcakes could be sexy and sinful? Well, they can be.
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At a recent cooking class with  Sara Voortmeyer at  Thanksgiving Point, she dished out her favorite cupcake recipes and this mocha cupcake recipe was one of my favorite of her collection.

It’s sexy, sinful, and absolutely delicious! Here’s Sara’s own recipe. You can do a substitute for coffee, but I couldn’t tell you what it is, because I was preoccupied walking around the kitchen and taking shots of other things…like these beautiful cupcakes! you can ask the Chicks at The Crafting Chicks. They said she would take notes for me. Just write them and say, “Uh those notes for Marcel, could you pass them my way?” They are all very nice and will be happy to help out.


1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

½  tsp baking soda

½  tsp salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 egg

½  cup milk

½  cup coffee,cooled

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  With the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together until light.  Add the vanilla and egg and mix well.   Combine the milk and coffee.  Sift the dry ingredients directly into the bowl and mix well on a low-medium speed slowly adding the coffee mixture. Spoon the batter into muffin tins lined with paper.  Bake for 10-23 minutes.  Cool on a rack.  Frost with Evil Chocolate Frosting,

Evil Chocolate Frosting

3 oz unsweetened chocolate

3 Tablespoons butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon salt

5 Tablespoons sour cream

Up to 3 Tablespoons milk

In a double broiler, melt butter and chocolate together and stir until smooth.  With an electric mixer, add chocolate mixture, salt, vanilla, sugar  and sour cream together. Beat until smooth and fluffy adding milk as needed for desired consistency.

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Food Photography Tips

Here are a few tips if you want to take pictures of your own beautiful creations.

  1. Take lots of shots from different angles.
  2. Light- Use natural light, so turn off that flash!
  3. Setting – Have a nice background that compliments your dish.
  4. Color Balance – Set your white balance. If you can’t do this, fix your pictures in editing software after. Food that has a blue or yellow hue is very unappetizing.
  5. Stay Still – Use a tripod if you can.

You can see more cupcake shots on my blog, plus I’ll be doing a giveaway for a cooking class at Thanksgiving Point after I return from Santa Fe. Have fun!

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