Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Hot chocolate cupcakes


Hot chocolate cupcakes were quite nice :). The cake was dense, chocolaty.. topped with hot chocolate flavoured cream decorated with mini marshmallows. They were easy to make and tasty. The recipe comes from 'Cake days. Recipes to make every day special. The hummingbird bakery' cookbook.

Ingredients for 12 muffins:
  • 240ml milk
  • 25g hot chocolate powder
  • 80g butter
  • 280g caster sugar
  • 240g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
Preheat the oven to 190C. Line muffin tin with paper cases.

Pour the milk into a sauce pan and gently warm the milk without boiling it. Add the hot chocolate powder stirring until dissolved. Then set aside to cool down.
Using electric mixer with paddle attachment slowly whisk together the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder and salt until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. 

Pour the chocolate milk into a measuring jug and whisk in the eggs. Pour half of this mixture into the dry ingredients and combine on a low speed. Increase the speed to medium and continue to mix until smooth and thick. Pour in the remaining wet ingredients and continue to mix until the batter is smooth once again.   

Fill each muffin case up to 2/3 full. Bake the cupcakes for 20 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch. Transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack to cool them down completely before frosting.

Ingredients for frosting:
  • 60 ml milk
  • 30g hot chocolate powder
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 160g soft butter
  • hot chocolate powder for dusting
  • mini marshmallows
Warm the milk to dissolve the hot chocolate powder. Set aside to cool down.

Place the butter and icing sugar in an electric mixer bowl. Using a paddle attachment beat them on low speed until sandy in texture. Still mixing on a low speed, gradually pour in the chocolate milk. Then increase the speed to high and whisk until light and fluffy.

Transfer the frosting into a piping bag with nozzle and decorate the cupcakes. Then dust with hot chocolate powder and sprinkle with mini marshmallows.

Enjoy !

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