Prize-winning, easy cupcakes


May 02, 2007|By Julie Rothman

Martha Daniels of Wake Forest, N.C., was looking for a cupcake recipe called Cocoa-Pink Cuplets. She thought that the recipe might have appeared in a Pillsbury Bake-Off cookbook many years ago. She said these unfrosted cupcakes were simple but delicious.

Beryl Benda of Baltimore sent in a recipe she had in her collection for Cocoa-Pink Cuplets taken from a Pillsbury Bake-Off cookbook. It says that the recipe, by Mrs. Robert Hoefer of Brookfield, Wis., for Cocoa-Pink Cuplets was the senior winner in the Pillsbury's 10th Grand National Recipe and Baking Contest.

The title is a bit deceiving because the small amount of cocoa gives the cupcakes only a slightly pink hue - but they are very tasty and quite easy to make. I took the test batch to a school bake sale and they were snatched up in a matter of minutes.

Cocoa-Pink Cuplets

Makes 18 to 20 cupcakes

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon cocoa

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups sugar

3/4 cup shortening

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup cold water

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup nuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flour, cocoa and salt. Set aside. Cream together sugar and shortening. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Combine baking soda and water. Add alternately with the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Blend well after each addition.

Pour batter into well-greased or paper-lined muffin tins. Sprinkle each cupcake with some of the chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Per serving (based on 20 cupcakes): 231 calories, 3 grams protein, 13 grams fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 28 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 21 milligrams cholesterol, 188 milligrams sodium


Pat Jones of Crofton is looking for a recipe for a 12-layer cake with caramel icing.

Anna Pitt of Fallston has lost her recipe for Smearcase Cheesecake. It was from a recipe booklet published by the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. some years ago. It was made with cottage cheese and had a thin cake crust on the bottom.

If you are looking for a hard-to-find recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail recipefinder@

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The nutrition analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

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