Scrumptious chocolate cupcakes
This simple recipe for chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache icing makes 16 cupcakes
- For the cakes:
- 110g Margarine
- 110g Caster Sugar
- 2 Medium eggs
- 75g Self raising flour, Sieved
- 25g Cocoa powder, Sieved
- For the chocolate ganache:
- 75g Unsalted butter, Soft
- 175g Icing sugar, sieved, Plus extra to dust
- 45g Cocoa powder
- 10ml Milk or water, Warm
- 16 Cupcake cases
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and place the cupcake cases into a cupcake tin
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs to create a runny mixture
- Gradually fold in the flour and cocoa powder with a metal spoon
- Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until well risen and firm to touch. Remove the baking tin from the oven and leave to cool
- Whilst waiting for the cupcakes to cool, place the butter in a bowl and beat until soft. Gradually beat in the icing sugar and add enough milk/water until fluffy and spreadable.
- Mix in the cocoa powder and add more milk/water as needed.
- Spoon the icing into an icing bag with a star nozzle and pipe rosettes on each of the cupcakes. Finish off with edible embellishments.
1. The largest cupcake ever was baked in Washington DC and weighed 1176kg (which is over 2,500 pounds!). It stood at 36 inches tall and 56 inches wide - challenge???
2. The record for the most cupcakes ever eaten in 30 seconds is 29 - that's right, pretty much a cupcake a second...probably until the poor guy keeled over!!
3. December 15th is actually National Cupcake Day (this is almost as sad as finding out there is actually a National Sons and Daughters day (August 11th if you're wondering) our parents conveniently forgot to mention... #cheated!)
4. Winston Churchill was apparently the first person who suggested sweet frosting on our cupcakes (or at least the first person anybody listened too!)
5. If you put aaaall the cupcakes eaten last year together their mass would be greater than that of the entire planet!!
6. The prize for the first person to use the word cupcake goes to Eliza Leslie back in 1828
7. There is geniunly such a thing as a cupcake vending maching, it was designed by sprinkles bakery (need I even say what country...good old US of A!) :D
- See more at: http://www.frostandsnow.co.uk/news-blog/cupcake-trivia/#sthash.uvF8nGhX.dpuf
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|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 11 g||17%|
|Carbohydrates 22 g||7%|
|Protein 3 g||6%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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