The cupcake and frosting recipe are both favorites of mine from two different friends. Friends + chocolate = just what you need in the year 2021 (and let’s be honest—2020 and probably 2022). The frosting recipe is especially close to my heart, as my best friend’s mother used to make me chocolate cake with this frosting for my birthday each year. It’s a very old recipe from a Hershey’s chocolate baking book, and I was amazed at the specificity of the recipe. There is a direction within the recipe that requires you to simmer cream and sugar for exactly six minutes—I loved that! So combining food recipes I love from friends I love seems to me the perfect combination for baking and sharing.
—By Holly Taylor
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