Engineering a perfect DESSERT

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

11 November-Giusto

"These delicious cupcakes were made and photographed by my 11-year-old daughter Emily, who loves to bake."

~ Chris



2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

1 ⅓ cups of cane sugar 

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

1 ⅓ cups milk

⅔ cup olive oil

¼ cup apple cider vinegar 

½ Tbsp vanilla extract 

½ pod of a vanilla bean


1 cup of softened butter 

1 ¼ cups powdered sugar

¼ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract 



Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 cupcake pans with 24 liners.


For the cake, combine all the dry ingredients and sift them into a large bowl.  In a separate bowl combine all the wet ingredients and stir. Combine wet and dry ingredients in a bowl and mix. Evenly divide the batter into 24 cupcake liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the tops are golden. 


For the frosting, in a mixing bowl cream the butter for about 1 minute, then sift and add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Mix until combined and fluffy for about 2 minutes. Finally, put in a piping bag with your favorite piping tip, and frost the cupcakes! 



Submitted by:

Chris Giusto

Chris Giusto, PE

Regional Manager - South Atlantic

Director - Combustible Dust Safety

Apex, NC

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Chris is the Regional Manager for the Apex, North Carolina office and serves in various capacities including senior project manager and lead engineer. He is also a subject matter expert and leads Hallam-ICS’s Combustible Dust Safety Services business. Chris is currently supporting the development of two toxic gas monitoring system projects for semiconductor clients.