Happy Retirement Cupcakes

May 18, 2008 at 6:54 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 28 Comments
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This past weekend was crrrrrazy! I had 4 cupcake orders – 2 Friday, 1 Saturday and 1 Sunday. On top of that madness, my modem crapped out! Readers, I don’t think you truly realize the ramifications of this catastrophe! NO INTERNET! for 24+ hours… AAARRRGGHHH!! I was seriously going through withdrawals. I have a feeling I can’t deny my addiction now.

After baking 60+ cupcakes, needless to say, I do not even want to think about baking cupcakes right now. Actually there is a cupcake box strategically placed on my KA mixer so that I don’t have to look at it! LOL. While I am on my cupcake baking hiatus, let’s start my weekend recap with…

I am no stranger to retirement. I’ve baked retirement cupcakes before when T’s mom retired after 26 years as a nurse.

But this time it was 3 of T’s coworkers that were retiring from his department after a combined almost 90 years of working in the education profession. That’s a long freaking time! Its always nice to hear about teachers that devote so much of themselves to enriching students’ lives since most of the time the media only reports those teachers that have committed statutory crimes. I don’t condemn the media for wanting to make the public aware of people who commit crimes esp if they are in close proximity to kids but you never hear about the teachers that make a positive difference. At least not enough IMO. Thats too bad. I am sure that the good ones outweighs the bad.

When T’s department head ordered 48 cupcakes for the retirement party I was a little nervous. I always get a little nervous with big orders. Its one thing to bake 12 cupcakes. Its quite another to bake 4 times that many esp in my tiny kitchen. But I knew I wanted to do my part, albeit a small part, in saying thanks to all 3 of these great teachers so I was ready for the challenge. Since she didn’t give me any direction much more than “I trust you” I decided to go with mini chocolate cupcakes and my new obsession with dual color swirl frosting.

School Pride Chocolate Cupcakes
(Recipe adapted from Cupcake Bakeshop | photos from me!)

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Makes about 15 cupcakes


For chocolate cupcakes
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temp
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoons vanilla

For “school colors” buttercream
2 sticks butter
7 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa powder
blue and yellow food coloring or paste, to desired shade (I used Wilton royal blue and golden yellow)


To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

Beat butter until softened. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined.

Measure the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder into a small sized bowl and whisk to combine. Measure out the milk and vanilla and stir to combine.

Add about a third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and beat to combine. Add about a half of the milk/vanilla and beat to combine. Continue adding, alternating between dry and wet and finishing with the dry.

Scoop batter into cupcake cups about 2/3’s full. Turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake cupcakes for about 22-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Cool completely before frosting.

To make frosting—
Beat butter until creamy, scrape bowl. Add 5 cups of sifted powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla, beat until combined. Add more powdered sugar until you get to the consistency you want (not too stiff so that its hard to pipe)

Take out half of the buttercream and using blue food coloring, tint to desired shade.

Add yellow food coloring, tint to desired shade, to the remaining half and beat to combine.

To assemble cupcake—
Fill pastry bag with both the blue and yellow buttercream frosting, one on opposite side from the other. Do not mix them together to keep the colors separate until you pipe onto the cupcake. Even though I use a 1M piping tip, you can use your favorite tip to get the frosting affect you want.

[NOTES: I think the next time I do this affect for a big order I need to buy bigger piping bags or use new bags after every “refill” b/c the blue and yellow frosting started mixing together and creating “green”. Ooops!]

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Husband rating: A+
Usually he’s a red velvet-cream cheese man but he always says that this chocolate cupcake is a close 2nd. haha.

Wifey rating: A+
An oldie but goodie.

Other rating: A+
There were none left by the end of the party. T’s department head squealed when she noticed the frosting! All his CWs loved the chocolate cupcake and dual school colors swirl frosting affect too though there were a couple USC alums that made comments about my choice of blue and yellow paying homage to UCLA. Gotta love die hard fans… they see a conspiracy in everything! LOL



  1. OKay, these are do freaking awesome! You are the best. Period. I want to learn to do this stuff!

  2. MRSABYBABY, thanks chica! I have no doubts that you can do it too! Practice practice practice. Thankfully any mistakes are fun to eat ;)

  3. They’re so adorable! I love them

  4. NIKKI, Look at me! I am growing up mommy! ;)

  5. I use Chockylit’s chocolate cupcake recipe all the time with a variety of variations. It is no fail. I love it! I also get more stressed about larger batches. Looks like they turned out great!

  6. STEFANI, oh definitely! I am a big fan of Chockylit. You could even say I am kinda starstruck! LOL. Thanks for the cupcake comment love ♥
    Next project: Ice cream cupcakes! ;)

  7. I am so stealing this idea and making Charger cupcakes this year. Love the double colors again. You are the cuppy masta!

  8. So cute CB! You never cease to amaze me with each of your new cuppycake creations.

  9. OH they’re so pretty! I am going to have to try the two color swirly icing. Or maybe I’ll just keep looking at your photos!

  10. BB, haha. I like that… cuppy masta! ooohhh yeah! If you make them for your next charger party you must BU about it for me, k? :)

    NINA, thanks hun! I am still learning but its always fun when something comes out the way you imagine in your head ;)

    MARY, No! you must try! I get frosting everywhere but thats part of the fun right? haha.

  11. Awesome as usual, I’m sure you made the retiree’s day even more special. :)

  12. JULIE, I hope so! All 3 of them came up to me and let me know they appreciated their retirement cupcakes. I also think I got brownie points for T. Nothing says “shmoozer” like cupcakes ;)

  13. These are very cute :) I’m afraid about this weekend because I’m making a ton of cupcakes for my friends birthday party and it’s going to be a little overwhelming! Hopefully mine end up even half as nice as yours.

  14. SAMANTHA, my love… I am sure you will do marvelous! and Don’t worry! I haven’t forgotten your red velvets. Right now I am cupcake-ed out! But I’ll get on it this week. Cant wait to read how your friend’s bday went! ;)

  15. Very nice! Here’s a killer tip to avoid your frosting mixing prob on all your future multi colored creations :) Wrap each color in plastic wrap before putting them in your pastry bag, easy clean up and no mixing! Happy baking, your blog inspires me ;)

  16. ANDREA, I am not sure I understand? How do you wrap each frosting in plastic wrap? Do you lay out the plastic wrap, put the frosting in it and roll it up (like a burrito) then put it in the piping bag? I would love to figure out a way to keep the separate! Thanks for the tip ;)

  17. yeah i want to know about that rolling icing thing too, sounds intriguing!!!

    they look fab CB…!! i have yet to play with dual piping yet…but i love the idea.

  18. MARA, I am very intrigued! I might have to play around with the idea next time I do the dual. I am digging the 2 colors right now (if you couldn’t tell. haha)

  19. I am a visual learner so let me know if you want me to send pictures, one of the girls at CC shared this tip. Works like a charm.

    Step 1. Take a piece of plastic wrap about 8″-10″ long. With a spatula, take a bit of frosting and place it in the center 1″ away from the edge.
    Step 2. Take one side of the plastic wrap and fold it over to the next side matching up the edge – your frosting will now be enclosed on the side of the plastic wrap
    Step 3. Roll the plastic from where the frosting is to the edges
    Step 4: Twist the free end of the wrap
    * (Optional step 5: Tie end off in a knot
    Step 5 (or 6 if you follow the optional “tie off”): You can now insert the plastic “tube” of icing into the decorating bag
    Keeps your bags clean, no icing coming out of the top and dual colors stay separate!

  20. ANDREA, I think I get it but pictures would be fabulous! Email me!

  21. gotta love the colours!
    fab :D

  22. KHOO, thank you! I try to maintain fab at all times. haha ;)

  23. Because of your awesomeness, I nominated you for the E for Excellence Award on my blog. Check it out!

  24. JANNA, aawwww you’re so sweet! Would it be too boastful to put it on my blog 2x? haha. I love ALL the awards I get ;)

  25. To keep colors separate, fill 2 separate pastry bags, then put both in a larger pastry bag…use one tip and coupler, of course. You’ll get fantastic swirls of dual colors.

  26. MIMI, thanks for the tip! I also had another reader suggest something similiar too. I definitely want to give it a try soon.

  27. Hi there! I’m impressed with your goodies. I’m a home baker currently in love with cuppycakes too! :)

    I’m just wondering if you DOUBLE everything in this recipe to get 2-dozen cupcakes? Would the double amount of leavening affect the cupcakes? I would be making these for my mom’s birthday as she and her friends are chocoholics. :)

    I read somewhere that the flour, sugar, cocoa and liquids could be doubled, but leaveners shouldn’t be when making a double recipe. Your thoughts, please?

  28. ABLOSH, Hmmm interesting question. To be honest I am not sure. I am not a professional baker either but when I doubled this recipe for the retirement party, I doubled all the ingredients. HTH!

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