Ever go to a coffee shop with a friend, order a a cuppa along with a nice slice of cake, and have your friend eat a large chunk of it before you do..? Well, I don't know if its just my friends, but they do..and I HATE that! This lovely Chocolate Cupcake is all about having your own little cake, one that you DON'T have to share :)
This cupcake is just so moist. Topped with a rich and creamy chocolate butter frosting you cant go wrong with it. You can choose to pipe the frosting into lovely swirls or, if you prefer, all you need is a quick swipe of frosting with a liberal dusting of colored sprinkles or whatever tickles your fancy. To get some basic icing ideas, have a look at the Below Video. Some really cute simple cupcake decorating ideas. Go for it :)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F /180 degrees C/ Gas Mark 4. Line a cupcake tin with paper liners. This recipe makes about 18 cupcakes.
1 cup all purpose flour sifted
0.75 teaspoons baking powder
0.75 teaspoons baking soda
1.75 cups granulated sugar
0.5 cup coco powder
1 teaspoons vanilla powder
0.25 cup oil
0.5 cup milk
2 small egg
0.6 cup boiling water
In a small bowl stir until smooth the boiling hot water and the cocoa powder. Let cool to room temperature.
Sieve the flour, baking powder, baking soda in a small bowl. Add the granulated sugar, coco powder and vanilla powder to it (dry ingredientts)
In another bowl, using your electric mixer, or a hand whisk, mix the oil, milk and eggs (wet ingredients). Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl and mix with the electric whisk on a medium speed for about 2 minutes, Then add the boiling water and mix.
Fill each cupcake case about two-thirds full with batter and bake for about 35 minutes. Its really important not to overcook the cupcakes as they will end up too dry. The beauty of this recipe that the cupcakes are so lovely and moist.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost with icing. You can either spread the frosting on the cupcakes with a small spatula and decorate with sweets, sprinkles, or any cake decorations of your choice. if you want a more professional look, pipe on lovely swirls using a piping bag.
You can either use shop bought ready icing (I like the Betty Crocker brand), or you can make your own as per below.
175g icing sugar
3 tablespoons coco powder
drop of milk
Place the butter in a bowl, and beat until soft. Gradually beat in the icing sugar and coco powder then add enough milk to make the icing fluffy and spreadable.
These cupcakes are best the day they are made, but can be covered and stored for a few days.