Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The perfect Chocolate Cupcake

The perfect chocolate cupcake, and chocolate cake for that matter, has been a battle of minds.
I blame it on me and the oven;
Or, me and the mixer;
Or, me and the recipe.

But I have overcome.
Trial and error has got us here.
But how rewarding was the success!
I am constantly battling Seren's desire for 'Cinio' (school dinners) versus my wish budget for 'Brechannau' (packed lunches).
And last week Seren waved 'chocolate cake' in her favour for cinio.
And for me, the challenge was accepted.

A zillion attempts on, success is mine.
(staying faithful to my cupcake recipe).
And so, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
175g golden caster sugar
175g non-salted butter
40g cocoa
135g self-raising flour
4tbps milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 eggs (equivalent to 175g)

In your main mixing bowl, combine the cocoa powder and milk into a paste.
Combine the flour and baking powder in a bowl.
Add the sugar and butter to the main bowl and whisk until combined.
Add one egg and combine, add some flour, continue until eggs and flour are combined.
Add the vanilla essence, and whisk.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
With all the ingredient combined,
Line 2 12-hole muffin trays with cupcake liners.
Add the mixture to the cupcake liners.
Bake for 10mins or until risen and springy to touch.

Decorate to taste.

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