Cherry chocolate cupcakes

Yes a cupcake. They’re everywhere. I know. Taking over the world crumb by crumb. But there you go. That’s what is happening and who I am to stand in their way.

Choc cherry cupcakesThese ones are fluffy chocolate sponge covered with light vanilla buttercream and topped off with a cherry. I used golden icing sugar in this recipe, which gave the buttercream a slight caramel-like taste and an off-white colour (although the more I beat it the lighter it became), but if you don’t fancy that then ordinary icing sugar would be fine. Here’s how to bake them…

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 100g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 75g self-raising flour
  • 25g cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs

Buttercream:

  • 80g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 250g golden icing sugar
  • 25ml semi-skimmed milk
  • A couple of drops of vanilla extract
  • Fresh cherries

How to bake them:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C/400 degrees F/gas mark 6 and place 12 large cupcake cases into a 12 hole cake tin
  • To make the cakes, cream together the butter and sugar
  • Beat in the eggs a bit at a time
  • Add the flour, cocoa and baking powder and fold it all in – the mixture should be well-blended and smooth
  • Spoon the mixture into the cases
  • Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until the cakes are well risen and spring back when pressed lightly
  • Once they’ve cooled slightly, take them out of the tin and let them cool completely on a wire rack
  • To make the buttercream, beat the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract together adding the milk a bit at a time if the mixture is too dry
  • Beat until the mixture is light and fluffy
  • Once the cakes are completely cool decorate with the buttercream, whichever way you choose. I used a 9mm round nozzle for these ones
  • Top with a fresh cherry – I trimmed the tops of the stalks to make them all the same size

Next time, for extra cherry goodness, I might try chopping up some fresh cherries and adding them to the cake mixture before baking.

Claire

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