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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

A hot chocolate cupcake recipe perfect for a cosy night in


What happens when you're obsessed with both hot chocolate and cake?...Hot chocolate cupcakes, of course! Being as cosy night in season, complete with candles flickering and hot chocolate sipping is fast approaching, these indulgent delights make for the perfect comforting treat. And if that hasn't convinced you to get your Mary Berry on in the kitchen, then there's really something wrong with you...


The ingredients you'll need; 

Cupcakes: 
•2 large eggs
•115g caster sugar 
•115g self-raising flour 
•115g margarine or butter 
•1 teaspoon cocoa powder 
•1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Buttercream:
•185g icing sugar, sifted 
•125g butter or margarine

Decoration: 
•Mini marshmallows 
•Dr Oetker milk chocolate 
•Sprinkle of cocoa powder 


Method: 

Cupcakes: 
1.) To make the tea cup cakes, place all of the cupcake ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk them all together until combined. You could use a wooden spoon if you don't have a whisk, but this requires much more effort- aching mixing arm isn't the one. 

2.) Place even amounts of mixture into 6 tea cup silicone cases. Go ahead and fill them roughly 3/4 full, over fill them and the mixture will spill out of the top and cause a hard top. Oh, and the cases are from Wilkinsons by the way! 

3.) Bake on the second shelf from the top of a preheated oven 190 c/170 c fan/gas 5 for around 30/25 minutes, place each tea cup case onto a baking tray- it'll be easier to get them out of the oven. Tip: place a cocktail stick into the middle of one of your cupcakes to check it's fully baked. 


Buttercream: 
1.) Whisk 125g worth of butter with a whisk for 5-10 minutes so it's extra fluffy and then sift 185g worth of icing sugar into the same bowl. 

2.) Combine the icing sugar and butter, and whisk for a further 5 minutes. Tip: pop the finished buttercream into the fridge to set as it makes for neater piping. 

3.) To pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes you'll need to use a piping bag. You can pipe the buttercream on however you want so just choose the nozzle you like best- I used a Wilton 2D for these particular cupcakes. Then finish with a generous amount of mini marshmallows, two squares of milk chocolate and a sprinkle of cocoa powder, you should have now perfected that indulgent hot choccie look. 

I hope you like the recipe, be sure to let me know if you give them a whirl. What's your favourite cosy night in treat? 



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