Monday, 17 June 2013

Frosted chocolate cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting sounds delicious doesn't ? Rich chocolate cake with velvety chocolate cream mmhmm..... I was especially happy with this frosting as it turn out to be soft and creamy but at the same time kept the shape. Not to forget to mention that the frosting didn't turn dry on outside on the next day. The recipe comes form 'Easy cupcakes'.

Ingredients for 9 - 12 cupcakes:
  • 115g soft butter
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 115g self- rising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 55g chocolate

Preheat the oven to 180C. Line muffin tin with paper cases.

Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it down placing the bowl in microwave. Set the melted chocolate aside.

Place the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder and cocoa in an electric mixer bowl and beat them together until pale and creamy. Then stir in the melted chocolate.

Spoon the batter into paper cases 3/4 full. Bake them for 15 - 20 minutes until well risen and spongy to the touch. Transfer them to a wire rack and leave them to cool .

While the cupcakes are cooling down prepare the frosting.

Ingredients for frosting:
  • 150g chocolate
  • 200ml double cream
  • 140g butter
  • 280g icing sugar
Break the chocolate into smaller chunks and place in a medium size bowl.

Pour the cream into a sauce pan and heat it up until  boiling. Pour the cream over chocolate and stir until chocolate melts down. Set aside for about 20 minutes to cool down and thicken stir occasionally.

Put the butter into an electric mixer bowl. Beat the butter until fluffy adding icing sugar spoon by spoon. When smooth beat in the chocolate mixture. Chill the frosting for 15 - 20 minutes. Then spoon the frosting into a piping bag fitter with nozzle and pipe on top of each cake. You can add some chocolate decorations as well. 

Enjoy !

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