Indulgent chocolate cupcakes

    1 hour 15 min

    This recipe makes 12 to 16 rich cupcakes so if you choose to make smaller cupcakes use two muffin trays, keeping them as close to the center of the oven as you can. Its a simple recipe and the cupcakes themselves are really easy to make but super effective. Everyone that's tried them has really liked them....and one of the guys I work with thought I had bought them.


    Berkshire, England, UK
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    Ingredients
    Makes: 12 -16 cupcakes

    • 180g baking spread or unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 170g golden caster sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 120g self-raising flour
    • 80g cocoa powder
    • 8 tablespoons boiling water
    • 1 generous teaspoon baking powder
    • 3 to 4 tablespoons whole milk
    • For the butter cream icing
    • 200g unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 600g icing sugar, sieved
    • 80g cocoa powder, sieved
    • 6 tablespoons whole milk
    • 3 tbps vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
    • 400g double cream

    Method
    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:40min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 160 C fan / Gas 4. Line a muffin tray with cupcake cases.
    2. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs one at a time while mixing.
    3. Sieve the flour and the cocoa powder into the mixture and mix well. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth and silky.
    4. Place into a piping bag or spoon on top of the cupcakes and decorate however you like.
    5. Spoon in enough mixture to fill the cases about halfway.
    6. Bake in the middle of the oven until the cake tester comes out clean, about 15 minutes.
    7. Leave to cool for about 40 minutes (or to speed it up, put them in the fridge to cool).
    8. To make the butter cream dice the butter and put in a bowl with the icing sugar and mix. This will be a bit messy so mix on a low spead to limit icing sugar dust.
    9. Mix in the cocoa powder and add the milk, vanilla and cream. Blend together until silky smooth and there are no lumps.

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