Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Chocolate Cupcakes

Thousands flocked to Earls Court over the weekend to visit The Cake and Bake Show ... obvs I took my opportunity to go & be surrounded by baked goods for the day! Yes, guilty I was up bright and early to get to the train at silly o'clock on the Sunday! My sister and I just could not get over how busy it was. We knew it would be hectic as the show had sold out and more tickets had to be issued, who knew baking was so in vogue at the moment?!?! 

I would however like to highlight very clearly, that I was not one of the mob-frenzied crowd that were fighting for the free sugar samples and recipe cards. A couple of middle aged women got really rather irate at how they couldn't have a recipe card for the Mary Berry demonstration! However, this was nothing in comparison to the tousling for seats in the Cake Kitchen to see live demonstrations... It reminded me a bit of Michael McIntyre's budget airport queue sketch of when everyone is trying to predict when the plane is going to go, suddenly one person decides the plane might be going and then everyone decides 'the plane might be going' and the plane clearly hasn't arrived but everyone starts to queue and starts edging around the queue ... 'all a bit tense' was I think how Michael described the situation. 'All a bit tense' is how I would have described the pandemonium to get a good seat! 

As it happens we lucked out & got a front row view for Mary Berry's demonstration, she was just fab, rather witty and full of cake knowledge. She made a stunning hazelnut roulade, a classic chocolate cake and a tasty dark chocolate, stem ginger rocky road (I know because I had a piece...that woman can bake!)

So after graduating, I'm learning that you do indeed live for your weekends. I'm getting pretty fed up already with copious amounts of photos racking up in my facebook newsfeed of friends still at University having fun on a daily occurrence. So I figured it was only appropriate that I post a recipe that can be shared amongst new friends, old friends or just all for yourself! Hungover or just hungry! A solid dose of chocolate. Everyone likes chocolate, when I moved into halls at university the two sharing things my mummy sent me with were chocolates & a jar of coffee ... no one drank coffee, everyone ate chocolate!! 

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing and grated chocolate ... not one bad word in that sentence! Unless you're weird & don't like chocolate. or allergic - I'll let you off.

Makes 16ish Cupcakes
(depending on how full you fill your cupcake cases)
Pre-heat oven to 180°C
Bake to perfection for 16-18 minutes

You will need the following:
175g Butter
100g Caster Sugar
75g Soft Brown Sugar
3 Eggs
175g Self Raising Flour
50g Cocoa Powder
50g Dark Chocolate, melted
1 Drop of Vanilla Essence
2Tbsp Yoghurt 
1Tsp Baking Powder

275g Icing Sugar
50g Cocoa Powder
50g Butter
2Tbsp Plain Yoghurt

Chocolate for grating 
Edible gold dust if you're keen

Cream together your butter and sugars

Then sift in your cocoa powder

One at a time add the eggs, make sure each egg is fully combined before adding the next 

Sift in the flour 

Add the melted chocolate & vanilla essence 

Followed by the baking powder

Finally add in the yoghurt 

Divide your mixture into the cupcake cases. Either use an ice cream scoop and put one scoop in each case or fill the cases with mixture just over half way 

Bake in the oven for 16-18 minutes, remembering the the golden rules of baking 
Whilst they are baking make the icing by combining the butter & yoghurt, then sift in the cocoa powder & icing sugar. 
Spread a tablespoon of icing on each cupcake 

If you're keen sprinkle with gold dust

It does look quite pretty...
Enjoy with friends, old or new ... or on your own!

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