Friday, 24 February 2012

Easy cupcakes

A dear friend of mine said to me that because my blog has the word cupcake in it that I should have at least one recipe referring to cupcakes.
I did explain that it's my blog name and an american friend of mine calls everyone cupcake (mainly because he can't remember their name) anyway it's a play on words.
But I thought I would put a recipe in,which is very simple, the batter is a plain sponge mix and for the topping I did chocolate frosting with chocolate beans.

This recipe makes 12 med cupcakes.
Heat oven to 180c/160c fan/gas 4 and line a 12 hole muffin tin 

100g of SR flour
100g of ground almonds (optional)
100g of unsalted butter
100g of soft brown sugar
2 large free range eggs (thanks Lottie and Martha)!
2 Tablespoons of cold milk.

1.Sift flour into mixing bowl
2.In another bowl beat together butter and sugar until soft and whippy
3.Add your slightly beaten eggs a bit at a time until butter sugar and eggs are soft and fluffy.
4.Gently fold in the flour to the batter.
5.Finally add the cold milk.
6.Transfer to muffin tray
7.Bake in centre of oven for 15/20 mins until golden and firm to touch.
8.Leave to cool for at least an hour before adding chocolate frosting.

In picture there were 12, but I had a hot cup of tea and couldn't resist doing a food test!!!

To make chocolate frosting

150g of icing sugar
120g unsalted butter
120g of dark chocolate broken into small pieces

1.Place chocolate in bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water,once all the chocolate has melted leave to one side to cool to room temperature.
2.Soften butter and beat until pale and fluffy
3.Add sifted icing sugar a little at a time and work into butter,once all icing sugar is worked into butter you can add your room temperature melted chocolate bit by bit until you end up with a lovely dark frosting.
3.With piping bag pipe your cupcakes and then add your chocolate beans.

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