'You're Old' Cupcakes

24 cupcakes
50 min

Anyone else sometimes struggle to come up with birthday ideas for that one hilarious and often-irreverent friend, coworker, or family member? Welllll if that’s you….I’ve got a cupcake idea for you! 😉 Originally made these cupcakes and a toilet paper cake for a coworker’s birthday, and the combo was a huge hit! I’m just including the cupcakes in those post because the cake + cupcake combo would be a million pages long, but I’ll post the cake recipe in the near future. Feel free to search IntensiveCakeUnit.com for ‘TP cake’ if you want it sooner, and the cupcake recipe is below!

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Recipe details
  • 24  cupcakes
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 350g all purpose flour (roughly 2 1/4 c)
  • 450g caster sugar (roughly 2 ¼ c)
  • 100g cocoa powder (roughly 1 ¼ c)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c /250g /16 T unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 350ml milk (about 1 ½ ; I used a 2c pyrex liquid measuring cup with mL marks on the back)
  • 2 t vanilla extract
Frosting & Decorations
  • 8 oz (one package) cream cheese, softened
  • 16 Tablespoons (two sticks) butter, softened
  • 5 ½ -6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 4-6 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 T clear vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t. salt (if using unsalted butter)
  • - Large piping bag and large round tip – I used the round tip from this set - one of my favorite sets so far!
  • - Small candy eyes (I bought a double set and used the small ones!)
  • -2 oz white decorator fondant + small circle cutter
  • - Optional - ‘Holy Crap You’re Old’ Cake topper – you can purchase this online or use a bit of cardstock and print the text from a word processor, and two toothpicks to hold it up between two cupcakes!
Instructions
Cupcakes
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (180C). Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the cocoa powder, flour, salt, baking soda and sugar. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well (or sift the ingredients together). Add in the softened butter until no lumps of butter are visible and it’s well incorporated into the dry ingredients.
Next, add milk, eggs, and vanilla together and whisk until well combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until combined. Scrape down the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.
Fill each paper 3/4 of the way (using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process!). (You may find that you have some batter left over - I don't really recommend over-filling your cupcake tins; they can overflow and make a mess. I often bake some mini cupcakes with the leftover batter).
Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
Frosting / Decorations
Beat together softened cream cheese and butter; slowly add in powdered sugar alternating with cocoa powder and milk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Add vanilla and salt if needed and beat until well combined.
Transfer your chocolate frosting into your large piping bag fitted with a round tip – pipe in swirls onto the tops of your cupcakes, lifting away at the center to resemble the poop emoji!
Press two candy eyes onto each cupcake. Take your fondant and roll it out to about 1/8" thickness, and with a small circle cutter or bottle cap cut out 12 circles. Cut each one in half, and press into the frosting to make the emoji mouths.
Last final step – I used ‘Harlow Solid Italic’ in Microsoft word to print my cake topper; you could purchase a topper online or print-and-cut one like I did!
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Comments
  • Iammacha Iammacha on Jun 16, 2022

    Ok, how did you make the cake look like a roll of TP?

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    • Intensive Cake Unit Intensive Cake Unit on Jun 16, 2022

      It’s actually pretty simple - it’s a 2-layer 6” cake that I covered with thin fondant squares that I textured with a plastic knife 😂 I posted the recipe I think last week! :) You can find it on my profile here or by searching my website. 👍👍

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