Chocolate Cupcakes – Pretty chocolate cupcakes for any occassion

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Gorgeous as they look, these chocolate cupcakes are very easy to make.  You simply have to follow the same chocolate cake recipe, fill the paper cupcake-cases and bake them.  The chocolate butter icing is just right for topping the cakes up or you can make the chocolate fudge icing for a more festive looking cupcakes or simple chocolate butter icing for a more buttery taste.

Happy party time !!

Get ready with the following ingredients :

Self raising flour 300 g
Stork spread/Butter/ Magerine 300 g
Caster sugar 300 g
Eggs 5 medium
Lemon juice 1 tsp
Salt 3 pinches ( a must)
Baking powder 1 tsp
Cocoa powder 4 tbsp heaps
Plain full fat yogurt (optional) this is to make the cake more moist 1 tbsp
 Milk  1/4 cup

Let’s make it:

Set the oven to 180 C . (Temperature conversion chart  is given under Tips)

Beat it

  •  Beat butter and sugar together until creamy,  using an electric hand mixer.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt and beat for two rounds.

Flour it

  • Mix baking powder,  flour and cocoa powder and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape.
  • Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter.
  • Mix milk and yogurt and add.  Give a good mix with a wooden spoon going clockwise.

Fill it

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  • Fill paper cupcake cases with the batter leaving a little room from top allowing the cake to rise.
  • Place the cupcake cases in a cupcake baking tray for them to stay steady and neat.

Oven it

  • Pop it in the oven and bake for 20 – 25 mins. In the first 10 min do not open the oven door.
  • Insert a skewer into the middle of one of the cakes and if it comes clean,  it’s ready.

Cool it

  • Take it out from the oven and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Slowly remove the cupcakes from the tray and place them on a cooling rack to cool off completely. This will take 1 hr at least.
  • Your cakes are ready to ice now.

To make the chocolate butter icing you need :

Icing sugar 300 g
Stork spread or butter 125 g
Cocoa powder 5 tbsp
Milk 2 tbsps
Lemon a few drops
Vanilla a few drops
 Sprinklers to decorate
  • Sieve icing sugar and cocoa powder together from a sieve on to a bowl.
  • Add butter and beat together until creamy.
  • Add milk, vanilla and lemon.
  • Your chocolate icing is ready.
  • Cover the cupcakes with chocolate icing one by one with a flat knife, often dipping it in warm water. Or, you can use a piping bag e in cake icing kits to have a more elegant look.
  • Throw some sprinklers on .
  • Done !!

To make the  Chocolate fudge icing you will need:

 Icing sugar 1/2 cup
Double cream 1/4 cup
Butter/Stork spread 50 g
Milk chocolate buttons 110 g
Cocoa powder 3 tbsp

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  • In a small glass bowl place chocolate drops, butter and double cream.
  • Place a wider pan on stove and  fill it with  hot  water.
  • Dip the small glass bowl into the wide pan.
  • Stir slowly until chocolates melt along with butter and cream.
  • If the chocolates are hard, heat up the pan with water under very light flame.
  • Add sieved icing sugar and cocoa powder.
  • Take out from the pan and stir until you are left with a creamy chocolaty melt.
  • Leave to cool.
  • Pour chocolate fudge cream on to the cupcakes.
  • Sprinkle some decorative sprinkles.
  • Enjoy !

Christmas cupcakes !!

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Chocolate Fudge Cake

cake Oozing with creamy chocolate melts, this fudge cake will set your mouth watering, Just by seeing before you take a bite out of it!  You can make the fudge cream on the previous day and store it in the fridge to make the process easier and quicker.  Just heat up the fudge in the microwave for 10 seconds to melt and pour over the cake.  Easy !!!

This cake could be served as a dessert after an elaborated supper. Your guests will love to relax on the sofa and indulge in this divine treat  while listening to some Jazz.  And you will not fail to sigh in contentment and pride !!!

Three cheers to this beauty!!!

cake2-300x223 What you need:

Self raising flour 300 g
Butter/Margarine/Stork spread 300 g
Caster sugar 300 g
Eggs 5
Baking powder 1 tsp
Cocoa powder 4 tbsp
Salt 2 pinches  (a must)
Lemon 1 tsp
Double cream 2 tbsp
 Milk  1 tbsp

Let’s make it: Set the oven to 180 C . (Temperature conversion for ovens is given under Tips)

  •  Beat butter and sugar together until creamy,  using an electric hand mixer.  This will take approximately  3 mins. Make sure you beat clockwise.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt and beat for two rounds.
  • Mix baking powder,  flour and cocoa powder and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape.
  • Do not use the electric mixer at this point.  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter.
  • Add double cream and milk.  Mix all together.
  • Line up a baking tray with parchment paper and spoon the batter into the baking tray and flatten with a spatula.
  • Lift up the tray and drop it twice onto your kitchen-top gently, allowing the batter to spread and settle evenly on the try.
  • Pop it in to the oven for 20-30 mins depending on your oven.
  • Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready.
  • Take it out from the oven and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Slowly remove from the tray and place it on a cooling rack.  Let the cake cool down completely.
  • Dip a long bread knife in hot water, wipe clean and slice the cake into two slices.  Cut the cake into four and then slice if you find it is difficult to slice the full cake.
  • Your cake must cool off completely to lay fudge on top.  This will take upto 2 hrs.

Let’s make the Fudge now. Get the following ingredients ready:

 Icing sugar 1/2 cup
Double cream 1/4 cup
Butter/Stork spread 50 g
Milk chocolate buttons 110 g
Cocoa powder 3 tbsp

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  • In a small glass bowl place chocolate drops, butter and double cream.
  • Place a wider pan on stove and  fill it with  hot  water.
  • Dip the small glass bowl into the wide pan.
  • Stir slowly until chocolates melt along with butter and cream.
  • If the chocolates are hard, heat up the pan with water under very light flame.
  • Add sieved icing sugar and cocoa powder.
  • Take out from the pan and stir until you are left with a creamy chocolaty melt.
  • Leave to cool.
  • With the help of a flat knife or spatula pat the creamy chocolate melt onto the bottom layer of the cake.  Place the top layer, remove the upper crust with a help of a long knife and press down softly so that both layers stick together properly.
  • Pour chocolate cream on the  top layer.  Let it slide from top and drip down.
  • Sprinkle some decorative sprinkles or you can simply shave a  white chocolate to have nice white curly shaves on top.
  • Enjoy !
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