Heavenly Cupcakes

I know most peoples new years resolutions have been to start a diet or eat more healthily but what with the weather being so awful and people just starting back to work after a few weeks off, I think everyone deserves a cheeky treat.

For one of my christmas presents I was bought a bright pink, mini cupcake maker which I wasn’t expecting but it was an amazing surprise. I love to bake but I think I love eating the end product more! So as a treat to all of you i’ve picked one of my favourite recipes – Chocolate and Hazelnut from The Hummingbird Bakery cook book.

  • Cooking Time: 20
  • Servings: 12
  • Preparation Time: 15
  • 100g plain flour
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 40g butter, at room temp.
  • 120ml milk (the recipe said whole milk, but I just used semi and they turned out okay!)
  • 1 egg
  • 120g nutella
  • chopped hazelnuts to decorate
  • For the icing
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 80g butter, at room temp
  • 25 ml milk
  • 80g nutella

1. Preheat the oven to gas 3/170c/325

2. Put the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a bowl and mix together. You can use an electric hand whisk for this. It should be a slightly sandy/grainy texture

3. Pour the milk into the mixture and mix. Then add the egg and beat until it’s all incorporated.

4. Spoon the mixture into cupcakes cases in a muffin tin, filling to about halfway or 2/3 full. They rise quite a bit. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

5. Leave to cool completely, then cut out a little circle in the cupcake. Pop the loose piece of cake out, insert a dollop of nutella, then put the cake piece back ontop so you have a filled cupcake.

For the icing

Mix all the above ingredients together until incorporated and continue mixing for about 5 minutes. The more mixing, the fluffier the icing! Use a palette knife to ice the cupcakes, then sprinkle with a bit of chopped hazelnut. Enjoy!

Hope you all have a great time making them and please let me know how you got on! More recipes will be popping up very soon here at Red Riot.

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