Saturday, 14 March 2009

Chocolate Cupcakes

A year or two ago, I had a phase of making cupcakes.  I'd never made them before and they really won me over. I made burnt butter cupcakes, cappuccino cupcakes, lavender cupcakes, banana & white chocolate cupcakes, espresso cupcakes, chocolate and cherry cupcakes and lemon drizzle cupcakes, but I never made straightforward chocolate cupcakes.  A friend's birthday this week provided the opportunity and I made some very chocolatey cupcakes from a recipe in Divine.

Because these were birthday cakes and because I got such good results from exhaustively creaming the butter and sugar last week, I grabbed my spoon, shrugged my shoulders and used this method again.  Also because I was so impressed with the sour cream icing used last week, I used this one again rather than the one given in the recipe.

Here is what I did:
  • Remembered to get the butter (200g unsalted) out early in the morning and put it over the heater to soften.
  • Melted 200g dark chocolate (used 1 bar 70% and 1 bar 85%) in a bowl over hot water.
  • Creamed the butter with 200g soft brown sugar for ages until it was really light.
  • Then stirred in 4 eggs alternately with 200g flour (4oz wholemeal, 4oz white spelt) + 1 heaped tsp baking powder.
  • Stirred in 1/2 pot of sour cream and then the melted chocolate.
  • Tried to spoon mixture into 12 cup cake cases - big mistake!  The recipe stated that this made 12 cup cakes.  I had my suspicions about this and I was right - this is a recipe for 24 not 12, so the paper cases ended up being overfilled which then made it difficult to ice them and I still had some mixture left over.
  • Baked these for 17 mins at 180°C.
  • Melted another bar of 70% chocolate and stirred in the rest of the sour cream.
  • Spread this as best I could over the cooled cup cakes.
  • Decorated each with a sugar flour.
These looked pretty and tasted good, but I don't think the creaming paid off this time and next time I make them I shall try my normal melting butter, sugar and chocolate method.

8 comments:

  1. After seeking advice from my cake consultant on what would be the best sort of cake to take to the G20 Climate Camp in Bishopsgate I decided to make these cupcakes - for obvious reasons I wasn't keen to take a cake knife. The climate camp had a lovely atmosphere (I left before the Police closed it down) and my bite sized cupcakes decorated with crystalised violets generally went down well but there was one issue I should have anticipated - any suggestions for Vegan alternatives?

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  2. I will be having a go at making a vegan cake at some point - watch this space!

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  3. The sour cream and chocolate topping is different. But I like your method - using butter, sugar and chocolate.

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  4. They look amazing but as you say the topping although I havent actually tasted it, although perhaps not so healthy would taste better using butter

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  5. Sounds very good. Thank You. Jerri Davis

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