February 15, 2011
I have been away for a while, I hope you have missed my updates!
I have been very busy and had no time to cook really let alone blog, I will be able to tell you all later this week if all goes to plan.
So I said I was going to make Valentines cupcakes, and although they were not as elaborate as some I have seen but they were very good…
for the cakes…
100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
40g soft unsalted butter
120ml whole milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (although I probably used 3/4 tsp – slip of the hand!)
for the icing…
300g icing sugar, sifted
100g unsalted butter, very soft
40g cocoa powder, sifted
40ml whole milk
Preheat the oven to 170C
Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases
Put the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and butter in a large bowl and beat on a slow speed with an electric hand mixer until well combined and a sandy consistency.
This is was so messy!
Whisk the egg, milk and vanilla extract together in a jug and add half to the dry mixture.
Beat slowly to combine and then more quickly to beat out any lumps.
Add the remaining liquid mixture and beat slowly to combine. Do not overmix.
I did a special three for the Boy for a Valentines treat… I added a little spoonful of nutella for a melty middle but it didn’t work, need to work on that!
Transfer the mixture into the cake cases until 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven until they spring back to the touch. A skewer inserted should come out clean.
For the frosting, beat the butter, sugar and cocoa powder together until well combined. The mixture will be crumbly.
Add the milk and beat to combine. The mixture will come together into a big lump. Keep beating for a few minutes, you will see it get lighter in colour and texture.
Spoon or pipe onto the cupcakes.
I decorated mine with little edible hearts!
A little note, you could probably double up the cake mixture as this is way too much icing for the cakes made, or you could adjust your icing mix.