Saturday, 13 February 2016

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes!

It's Valentines day tomorrow and all I've been seeing all day on Instagram is 'love' themed cookies, biscuits, cakes and cupcakes. If I had the time today, I would have joined in and decorated these beauties so they fit into the love theme but they were for a baby girl's birthday party so that's definitely out of the question. As you're probably aware, I tend to supplement a lot of the ingredients in my cakes for healthy ingredients but not today. It's a birthday party; let's go wild! Here's how you can make these delightful little numbers.


What you need: 

Prep: 20 minutes   Cooking Time: 10 minutes

  • 60g good quality (70%) cocoa powder
  • 4 or 5 tablespoons boiling hot water
  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 120g self-raising flour
  • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C / Gas mark 6. 
  2. Line up a 12 hole bun tray with colourful paper cases. I have polkadot cases which are super cute.
  3. Sift 60g of cocoa into a bowl then add 4 tablespoons of boiling water and mix into a thick chocolate syrup, adding more water if needed. 
  4. Add the softened butter, self-raising flour, baking powder, sugar, and eggs. Mix with electric beater until smooth and evenly mixed.
  5. Spoon tablespoons of the mixture into the paper cases, filling them 3/4 full. 
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the sponge mixture has risen and the cupcakes spring back.
  7. Remove from the oven; cool on a wire rack.
 Buttercream Icing:
  • 110g butter, room temperature
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 60ml milk 
How you make it:
  1. Add butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixing bowl, then beat for about 5 minutes with an electric whisk until smooth.
  2. Pour the milk gradually if you need to loosen the mixture. 
  3. Spoon into a piping bag with a nozzle. Pipe buttercream icing evenly on top of each cupcake. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles or however you like.



Have a lovely weekend!
Nokhuthula xo
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